Low Self-Esteem


Most people experience low self-esteem at some point in their lives. It is a natural response to situations such as a job loss or the breakdown of a relationship. For most people this period lasts only an appropriate length of time before they feel better about themselves again.

However, other people don’t bounce back so easily, and may continue to feel bad about themselves long after the traumatic event occurs.  Other people may feel as if they have always felt unsure of themselves, or that they are “not good enough”, and this could be linked back to their childhood, when perhaps they weren’t praised or validated, or where parents were ‘unavailable’ to them emotionally.

This can happen with a parent who abused alcohol or drugs, who experienced depression or another chronic illness, or maybe with parents who separated at a vulnerable time for the children in the family.

Signs Of Low Self-esteem

· Feeling tired a lot of the time
· Having little motivation
· Feeling bored with life
· Feeling you don’t have much to look forward to
· Thinking negatively about your abilities
· Thinking negatively about possible opportunities
· Feelings of failure
· Feelings of hopelessness
· Feeling Depressed


Low self-esteem is quite common today.  We are under enormous pressure to ‘perform’, at work, socially, as a parent, and in terms of how we look and how we age. Women today may feel under more pressure than previous generations, as the media bombards us with the concepts of “doing it all” and “having it all”.  If low self-esteem is not resolved, sufferers can go on to develop other problems, such as drug or alcohol dependency, depression and feelings of hopelessness.

Our experienced Counsellors at Sandyford Wellness Centre recognise the importance of building self-esteem and offer counselling to help change negative thinking patterns and help you gain a feeling of self- worth and self-belief.  We can also support you in addressing depression, and/or any negative behaviour you might be engaging in as a result of how you feel, including drinking too much, regularly using recreational or prescription drugs and disordered eating including  binge eating, emotional eating, bulimia or anorexia.

Barbara Doyle MIAHIP Barbara Doyle

B.A., H. Dip Community & Youth Work, Professional Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of speciality: eating disorders, childhood abuse, rape, trauma and bereavement work

Contact Barbara directly on: 086 171 9192.

Barbara is an accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (I.A.H.I.P). She trained with Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, and works from a humanistic and integrative perspective. Barbara has over 14 years experience delivering therapeutic work to adults, teenagers and families in her work within child & family services, as well as the community and voluntary sector.

As the former Development Director of Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland (2001 – 2004), Barbara has a particular interest in working with people experiencing eating disorders and also adults who have experienced abuse in childhood. Barbara offers clients a range of supportive and gentle ways to explore their experiences and feelings including bodywork, art, guided meditation, ritual etc. Her primary aim is to create a genuine person to person relationship with the client built on respect, equality, honesty and freedom.

Roisin Moriarty MIACP, MACI                             Roisin Photo

BSc (Hons), Psychotherapist and Addiction Counsellor

Areas of Speciality: All types of Addiction, Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Identity Issues, Suicide and Loss.

Contact Roisin directly on 087 9754827.

Roisin is a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (formerly IAAAC). She graduated from PCI College with a BSc (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is also certified in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Spirituality, Meditation and Mindfulness.

Roisin works from a person centred, non directive approach, integrating other practices depending on the needs of the client. She holds the belief that every client has the ability to heal and make positive changes in their lives and the role of the therapist is to encourage and facilitate change. She also works from an holistic approach taking in to consideration the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of the client. Her background is in addiction, mainly in a residential setting with considerable experience working with families affected by addiction. Roisin has also specialist training and experience in the area of Eating Disorders (Bulimia, Anorexia and Binge Eating Disorder). More recently she has trained in the area of Bereavement, Suicide and Loss and works with a local Bereavement Support Service.

Roisin’s earlier career was spent working in the private sector particularly in the area of Human Resources and Recruitment working for both large and small organisations in Ireland and the UK.  Her background in Human Resources has provided her with great insight into the various difficulties and challenges an individual can experience in their working environment and the affect it can have on their well-being.

Roisin brings a wealth of experience to her work here at the centre and her approach is person centred with an emphasis on self awareness and self healing. Other areas of specialism include depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem, body image and identity issues.