Therapists Specializing in Self-Esteem in San Francisco Bay Area

Self-esteem refers to how positively we feel about ourselves and our worth. We can all feel bad about ourselves or lack confidence at times, but people who struggle with low self-esteem feel like this regularly, or possibly even all the time. Although self-esteem is not itself a mental health condition, low levels of self-esteem are associated with some mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety.

Many people who struggle with low self-esteem find it helpful to seek out a therapist. Most therapists are trained to help with low self-esteem, but their approaches may differ – the key is to find an approach that resonates with you. Some therapists help identify and challenge the unhelpful thoughts associated with low self-esteem and help clients examine and change the core beliefs underlying them. Other clinicians might focus on helping clients develop self-compassion and an attitude of non-judgment through mindfulness or other related therapies.

Find therapists in San Francisco Bay Area who specialize in self-esteem below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Kata  Galasi

Kata Galasi

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 - $200 per session

Perhaps you are feeling depressed or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or feeling that something is missing from our life. You might be looking to break out of unhealthy patterns that are keeping you stuck.

As a therapist, my role is to provide support and guidance in the service of meaningful change. Therapy has the potential to heal old wounds, build on our strengths and promote a greater sense of joy and well-being.

I will draw on my experience with different treatment approaches to help you move toward your goals. I have a background in psychodynamic therapy, CBT and DBT, and I also use mind-body interventions. My style is warm, empathic and interactive.


Michelle  Jauwena

Michelle Jauwena

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

You're tired of hearing family and friends accuse you of being "too sensitive" or "too dramatic." There always seems to be a pull between being authentic and meeting the expectations of others. You ponder at the cost of being your true self; wondering if it's possible and if you have what it takes. Meanwhile, appeasing everyone and playing by the rules requires more effort from you. Where has it gotten you, anyway? Resentment and frustration, followed by guilt and fear. You're still afraid of being YOU. Fear of judgment. Fear of rejection. Fear of further isolation. Wondering if you deserve it or if you're enough.

Finding a therapist who gets it is hard, but I can help. I understand that pit in your stomach, when you read the therapist bio that says, "I'm not here to judge you... I'm here to provide you with a safe space." But it's true. Coming from a trauma-informed background, with my own cultural perspective, allows me to help in a way others can't. Not only I can offer you a neutral space to work through the complex feelings you're facing, but I also have the life experience to help you feel truly seen and understood.

In our work together, you’ll develop insights and skills you need to create a lasting change. Imagine having the power to say “Yes!" to the life you deserve and feel great about. To finally be comfortable being you. LET'S DO THIS! Contact me now to schedule your free 20-minute consultation.


Maja  Nuoffer

Maja Nuoffer

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

You may be subconsciously trapping yourself in repeated cycles of unhealthy choices that, though familiar, leave you feeling stuck, frustrated and anxious. Perhaps your well-intentioned decisions have inadvertently led to anxiety, burnout or stress to the point of exhaustion or illness.

Taking a holistic approach to your healing, I will support you in breaking these day-to-day cycles that bury your true self beneath them. In our work together, we will take a gentle, honest and achievable approach to help you heal the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual dimensions of who you are. In a compassionate and nonjudgmental space, I will guide you to the core root of your pain, give you simple self-care tools you may use and help you cultivate clarity, self-trust and resilience.


Melissa  Russiano

Melissa Russiano

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $145 per session

It has been one interesting year - surreal is my word. I know you find yourself overwhelmed and burned out from all your responsibilities. The truth is, you know it’s important to practice good self-care. However, I know your drive to be perfect has taken center stage. You feel stressed and overwhelmed by having to take care of others which means you often forget to take care of yourself.

I overcame stress, overwhelm, and burnout, and you can too. I see you as an authentically imperfect human, self-driven, and committed. Perhaps, you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel and you don’t see yourself the way I do. That’s okay. I can help you.

My style is not textbook (even though they let me teach graduate students!) and I promise never to ask you "and how does that make you feel?". We will laugh together, tackle painful issues together and celebrate your wins together. Bottom line, I am committed to empowering you to achieve the goals that you set for yourself so that you thrive in your life instead of just survive. We are in this together and together we will get you where you want to be.


Meredith   Levy

Meredith Levy

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $350 per session

My motto in therapy, and in life, is "whatever works!" What works for us in certain times of our lives no longer continues to works, and we need to shift gears. I'm casual and transparent with my clients. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the most critical part of therapy. If there isn't a connection, it won't work. I will always let you know if believe we aren't a good fit, or if I believe someone else would be better suited to helping you with your particular struggles.

I've had quite a unique life and believe that this is part of what enables me to relate to almost anyone. I am straightforward and honest - not something everyone wants or likes! I will work as hard as you will and be as committed to making changes as you are!


Sheri D. Keller

Sheri D. Keller

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

Thank you for taking the time to consider joining my practice. These last nine months have filled our lives with uncertainty and extra stress, and self care is more important now than ever before.

I approach my work with great care and compassion, and my style emphasizes present-moment awareness, as well as exploring the relationship between thoughts and feelings. I believe that no two people are alike, and I work to provide each of my clients with the most effective form of treatment. By combining my life experience and clinical training, I strive to ensure that each of my clients has a unique experience that's tailored to improve their daily lives.

You've already taken the first step towards improving your state of mind by seeking out this site. I'm here to help should you decide to take the next step. We will figure out the rest together...


Natalie  Trzeciak-Hardwick

Natalie Trzeciak-Hardwick

Online Sessions, CA

418 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, 95816

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

Pain and healing are expressed in a multitude of ways. In our community and in our world, one can see expressions of pain and searching for meaning in children, young adults, and adults. I believe the beauty of the therapeutic space is that there is safety to explore and own the story that has shaped who you are.

I believe that the tools for healing and change are already within you, we work together to discover and nurture those tools. As a therapist I use an eclectic/integrative approach, working with the client on their identified goals. Carl Jung states, " The shoe that fits one person pinches another, there is not one recipe for living that suits all cases." Perhaps it is finding strength in retelling your story, finding your grounding when things feel chaotic, learning new ways to engage with your peers, or building your self esteem. You matter and your story matters.

My approach to therapy is that it is not a one size fits all. I believe the client's journey reflects their individual needs and journey towards well being.


Abby  Krom

Abby Krom

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $200 per session

You’re ready for a change and although you may not be sure how therapy will help you, you are wanting to see what’s possible for your life. Therapy with me provides a space away from your family and friends to really express what’s going on for you. It’s a non-judgmental space but I am an active therapist. I listen with curiosity and offer feedback based on what I am hearing. It’s important to have a dialogue and explore what is going on for you in new ways.


Terry  Basolo

Terry Basolo

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: First Choice Health, Kaiser Permanente PPO, Premera Blue Cross
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

People come to therapy with all sorts of challenges and aspirations to find more meaning and fulfillment in their lives. I see my role as a privileged helper to interactively support my clients on their journeys. Connection is critical. If we are a good fit and as we establish trusting connection, we can begin to address the changes you are wanting to make. My clinical approach is flexible as I am an integrative therapist, employing a range of modalities, adjusting to what best serves each individual client’s needs. I prefer in office therapy but am entirely comfortable with tele-mental health and can work in a hybrid approach. I hope you find the fit you are looking for and if that becomes me, I look forward to meeting and working with you!


Melanie  Bandera-Hess

Melanie Bandera-Hess

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

To live a life free from mental, emotional, and physical anguish is possible. To live an always-comfortable life is not. Ups and downs, periods of feeling low are part of the human experience.

There is full permission to be with feelings, thoughts and sensations. While many clients are facing serious challenges, therapy can be playful, and sessions can be filled with laughter and relief.

It is my joy, to guide, collaborate with and support my clients as they move into a more embodied and free way of living and inspiring to support couples in finding a path forward together.


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