Are you exhausted from feeling like your self-esteem is holding you back from stepping into your best self? You're not alone. Our practice sees many high-achieving women who struggle with self esteem issues which can impact every aspect of their lives, including healthy relationships, career advancement, and overall happiness. As a practice, we specialize in therapy for self esteem issues and understand the challenges you're facing. With compassionate guidance and evidence-based techniques, our team can support you on your journey to rebuilding your self-esteem and creating a better life, filled with self-love and a sense of fulfillment.

We do more than nod and validate your feelings in session. Your self esteem therapist will provide a safe space for exploration and growth, evidence-based strategies to address your specific needs, and unwavering support every step of the way.

Top Rated San Diego Self Esteem Therapist

3 of the best self esteem therapists in San Diego

Erica Basso, LMFT + Owner

Erica is the owner of a modern group practice and an authentic and conversational therapist. Her specialty includes high-achievers struggling with anxiety, stress, perfectionism, life transitions, relationship challenges, and career decisions. Some of her clientele are creative types and those who work in the entertainment industry. Her effective approach has lend her opportunities to be featured in number of publications including Huffpost, Poosh, Sporty & Rich Wellness Club and more. If you need an expert's perspective for a public speaking event or article, please feel free to reach out to her.

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • License number: 114828
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Providing therapy since 2016
  • High-achievers, young professionals, anxiety, perfectionism
  • Virtual sessions to California residents (San Diego, OC, Los Angeles, and beyond)
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Shakeh Galstian, AMFT

Shakeh is genuine and insightful in guiding her clients to live authentically and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves. She specializes in working with college students with overcoming anxiety, stress, and low self esteem and helps with her clients navigate transitions with more confidence.

  • Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #131052)
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Virtual sessions to California residents (San Diego, OC, Los Angeles, and beyond)
  • Young adults, college students

Cheyenne Cheshier, AMFT

Cheyenne is compassionate and dedicated in guiding individuals toward authentic and fulfilling lives. She employs a holistic approach to helping individuals through various emotional challenges. She has experience with individuals struggling with body image or an eating disorder and athletes with sports performance. By developing coping skills through evidence-based interventions, Cheyenne empowers individuals to navigate life's challenges with resilience and cultivate a positive sense of self, ultimately fostering growth and enhancing overall well-being.

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW #119271)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California
  • Body Image/Self Esteem, Sports Performance, Young Adults
  • Virtual sessions to California residents (San Diego, OC, Los Angeles, and beyond)
  • Schedule a complimentary consultation

Why choose our practice for self esteem counseling

We are a modern, group therapy practice who's focus is changing the view of what mental health treatment and support looks like, who seeks therapy, and helping eliminate the stigma and taboos of depression and mental health in general. Our team all prioritize our wellbeing as individuals so we can show up as our best self to serve our clients.

Our approach is both holistic and integrative.
This means we combine traditional talk therapy with the latest evidence-based techniques that feels compassionate, down to earth, and non-judgmental. We don't just treat your symptoms, but consider the issues that bring a person to session in the context of you as a whole person.

We are collaborative in nature.
Meaning we talk in session and provide our feedback and insights when appropriate. Gone are the days of the 'blank state' therapist. We believe the relationship (rapport) is often the biggest indicator of successful outcomes in therapy so we foster this relationship by offering a safe and supportive environment.

We offer virtual sessions to make therapy convenient and accessible to busy high-achievers.
We understand how busy life can get and it can be difficult for high-achievers to imagine how to fit in therapy in their already busy schedule. Our team offers virtual sessions so you can conveniently fit therapy into your busy schedule, without having to sit in traffic to get there.


We take pride in building a positive rapport with all of our clients as this is key to successful and positive outcomes in therapy and clinical practice. 

 ★★★★★ "Erica’s guidance and perspective have helped me learn to trust my own wisdom and find the courage to pursue the path that resonates with me. Genuine and empathetic, she creates space to heal, explore ideas, challenge self-doubt, and connect more deeply to the core of our human experience. A true healer and a master of her craft, 10/10." -G

★★★★★"Erica is very personable and makes me feel comfortable to talk openly to. I really like how she helps me work towards goals and set helpful boundaries. I feel like I have really benefited from therapy by understanding things in new perspectives with the tools Erica provides for me. Thanks!" - AA

★★★★★ "Erica is a wonderfully compassionate. She’s also incredibly knowledgeable and always has helpful suggestions for both practical applications and books. I would highly recommend her. Even in the midst of a pandemic, my anxiety is noticeably less severe than before." -B

FAQs about therapy for self esteem

Absolutely! Therapists can be instrumental in helping an individual develop healthy self esteem by providing a supportive and non-judgmental space to process a person's feelings and build a more positive self-image. Our team esteem therapists can help you explore the underlying causes of your low self-esteem, challenge negative thoughts and negative beliefs, and learn practical strategies and build skills to improve self-confidence and self-worth. Individuals can benefit from therapy helping them build self awareness of their positive qualities and strengths as a person. Additionally, you can gain value from being in therapy by learning to challenge negative thought patterns such as self-criticism and replace it with a better understanding of self compassion. Our team of experienced and trained experts are dedicated in helping you make positive change and step into a more confident and accepting version of you.

Can therapists help with self esteem?

What is the best therapy for self esteem?

Where can I find a self esteem therapist near me?

Referrals can be the best way to find a provider near you that is qualified to help you build self esteem. If you are in the state of California our team would be happy to have a complimentary phone consultation to determine if we may be the right fit for your therapy journey. We offer virtual sessions to make therapy convenient and accessible.

Our team at Erica Basso Therapy helps individuals improve self esteem using using various evidence-based therapeutic techniques, skills and approaches tailored to each client's needs, which can include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and others. If you are struggling with low self esteem, these therapy techniques are effective in helping you recognize and change negative behaviors and beliefs that affect self esteem. When new individuals come to see us it is common that individuals suffering from low self esteem have been living out of alignment with their values for a long time. ACT is a therapeutic approach that can help you discover your true values and begin goal setting with those values in mind to further your self care, build emotional wellbeing and experience good mental health. Our team at Erica Basso Therapy would be honored to begin the journey to greater self acceptance with you.
Exposure therapy is an effective form of cognitive therapy that is a process for reducing fear and anxiety responses. In therapy, a person is gradually exposed to a feared situation or object, learning to become less sensitive over time.

In addition to seeking individual therapy for your anxiety disorder, family therapy for anxiety san diego is another option in order for loved one's to better understand your struggles and learn how to support you best.

Let us empower you to embrace yourself.

As a practice, we specialize in improving self esteem and understand the challenges you're facing. We are a team who do more than nod and validate your feelings in session. We will provide a safe space for exploration self discovery and growth, evidence-based strategies to address your specific needs, and unwavering support every step of the therapeutic process. If you resonated with one of us please do not hesitate to contact us today for your complimentary phone consultation.