Self-confidence is one of the most important buffers against clinical disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating and other disorders. It is undermined in childhood but may be rebuilt in adulthood. We recommend individual therapy initially and then a form of ten week group work known as compassion-focused therapy (CFT) in order to maintain gains.

Self-confidence may be undermined in childhood e.g., by bullying, continued criticism, not passing important exams, having a bright sibling, parental or solo high standards, or developmental trauma. It is not at all uncommon, even among highly successful adults, and may interfere with our day to day functioning in a wide variety of ways such as meeting people, giving presentations – even being able to feel good about any successes we may have.

It may also place us at risk of a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.