Therapists Specializing in Self-Esteem in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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!


Madelaine Claire Weiss

Madelaine Claire Weiss

2425 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20037

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

Hello, I am a Harvard trained practitioner and Board Certified Coach with more than 30 years experience helping people to make their dreams come true. In our work together we would define where you want to go in your life, and how you will get there, with a special emphasis on what's in the way. You may work on one or more parts of your life. Since 'You are You' wherever you may go, you may find that gains you make in one part of your life can significantly improve other parts too. You will decide which part(s) of your life you want to work on. These may include: Work, Play, Family, Friends, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Money, Romance...

From me you may expect neutrality consistent with my perspective that you are the best person to be in charge of your life. And, you may expect some warmth and humor, as 'I am I' wherever I may go too. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes,
Madelaine


Alexandra  Friedman

Alexandra Friedman

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, VA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 per session

Do you feel like you are carrying around a heaviness inside? I am here to help you lighten your emotional load. I am a calm presence offering a healing space for you to grow.


Vicki  Goodman

Vicki Goodman

Online Sessions, DC

5247 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, 20015

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $215 per session

People come for therapy when they are hurting or feeling stuck in unproductive thinking and behavior. Therapy can be a refuge for you to work through conflict, unpack painful experiences, and ultimately gain more understanding of yourself. It is a way of discovering truth and layers of meaning together with someone who offers support, respect, and an unbiased perspective. We will take a collaborative approach to help you identify patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are creating personal challenges. It can be confusing when we find ourselves in situations that seem to make little sense or are preventing us from feeling content. Often these are automatic responses that feel familiar but no longer work for us. We will explore what causes your suffering and what can alleviate your suffering.

Mindfulness based psychotherapy emphasizes and cultivates the capacity to see clearly what is arising in any moment and greet experience with wisdom and utmost compassion. So often there is clinging to an idea of wanting things to be a certain way or avoid what hurts. In this way there is a tendency to add on to the suffering with judgments and self limiting beliefs. Mindfulness can allow for an understanding that transformation comes from changing our relationship to what's happening – rather than trying to change what's happening. In this therapeutic process you can courageously cultivate a willingness to be open to the ephemeral nature of experience with honesty, patience, compassion and lovingkindness. This involves letting go of preconceptions, filters, projections and tendency to not live fully. What is often needed is a safe environment to cultivate acceptance and the willingness to honestly explore the truth of what is unfolding within yourself and the uncertainties of life.


Nate  Luongo

Nate Luongo

Online Sessions, MD

6264 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD, 20852

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 per session

Finding a therapist can be intimidating and a difficult process and I commend you on starting this process. I always tell potential clients the importance of making sure that they feel comfortable with whoever they choose as a therapist. Please keep that in mind whether you speak to me or someone else!

As for me, I'm a clinical social worker (aka a therapist). I am not your typical therapist, I grew up in the DC Area playing sports most of my life and eventually collegiate football. I felt the call at a young age to help others and was drawn towards the world of psychology. Through my training and experiences I saw a trend that men were suffering with their mental health in silence - often being punished for their expressions of sadness or angst. I knew that this population was being underserved, yet struggling the most. Men complete suicide at a rate 3x that of women yet participate in outpatient therapy less than half of women.

Since 2015 I have been working with men to proactively address their unique mental health needs, looking past these outward expressions and getting to the root for each young man. I strive to show each of my clients how therapy is a useful and practical tool to deal with whatever they're struggling with. Starting therapy can be intimidating and the process can be life change.


Brooke  Bralove

Brooke Bralove

4940 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $335 per session

Through psychotherapy, every person has the capacity to grow and change and live the life they’ve always imagined. I can help you recognize and alter patterns in your life, develop new skills to enhance your relationships with family, friends, and partners, and move toward greater joy and personal fulfillment.


Global Psychotherapy Center

Global Psychotherapy Center

4400 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

1634 I Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20006

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 - $200 per session

Global Psychotherapy is a group practice in Bethesda, MD and Washington DC whose providers specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, and acculturation issues. They also have a special interest in working with members of the international community. Their approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), attachment-based work, and mindfulness practices.

The providers at Global Psychotherapy offer sessions in English, Spanish, French and Arabic therapy. They strive to help each client tap into their inner resources in order to implement meaningful changes in their lives, and look forward to meeting you.


Uzma  Knouss

Uzma Knouss

4905 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

As a therapist, I believe it is my job is to help clients understand and create meaning of the problems they are experiencing and uncover how these problems are affecting their lives. Together we will learn how to make the changes that you need to in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life.


Mindy  Sutton

Mindy Sutton

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, DC

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Optum, New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

Thank you for beginning this journey! If this is your first time in therapy, welcome! This process can be pretty scary, to talk to someone you do not know about things that make you uncomfortable, sad, embarrassed, angry and overjoyed- but let me tell you that this process is here to help you grow. My job is to make sure I maintain a non-judgmental, safe space that is challenging but comforting.

If you are returning to therapy, welcome back! I'm glad that you are resuming your personal growth path.

Therapy will be both difficult and enjoyable at times. As therapists, we embrace these opposing states as a sign of good work. We encourage you to allow yourself to experience any and all emotions or thoughts freely. Welcome!


Sarah  Nichols

Sarah Nichols

712 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC, 20002

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

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

Have you been in a “funk” lately with no idea how to get out? Are you sure there is more to life, but are unsure how to find it? Maybe these thoughts are originating from depression, anxiety, or grief and you’re feeling it is time to reach out for help. The good news is that I am here to help. Together we can develop a plan, address negative behaviors, and reduce unwanted thoughts from getting in the way of living your best life.

Working together, we will utilize multiple therapy practices to assist you in becoming your best self. I practice solely in Teletherapy to provide you with counseling at your convenience.

I work exclusively online with early morning, evening, and weekend availability to make it easy to fit therapy into your life on your terms. Together we can begin to build a life you feel ready to take on each day. I am here to empower you while supporting you and providing understanding as to what you have been going through.


Emily  West

Emily West

1724 20th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20009

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Sometimes we worry that coming to therapy means something is wrong. I believe it means something is right.

Often my clients find themselves facing more decisions and questions about who they are and what they want out of their lives and relationships than ever before. This is an important time in life when many people ask themselves: How can I feel like what I do matters?

In therapy, we are curious about who we are, how we got to this place in our lives, about our relationships, and our larger environment. In therapy, we think about change and take the brave steps that lead to change happening.

My approach to therapy is compassionate, direct, and authentic and I keep in mind that therapy is not always about problems and unhappiness. Therapy can also be about happiness and contentment. Throughout the therapy process, many people experience increased self-acceptance, feeling more centered, grounded, and connected.


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