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  • Writer's pictureMisti Luke, LCSW

Low Self Esteem-The Hidden Handicap

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Low Self-Esteem is the most prevalent issue I see working with women in my private practice. Lacking self-worth often contributes to feelings of helplessness, being overwhelmed and a general sense of feeling unsatisfied with life in general.

Low self- esteem in women can also exacerbate mental health conditions such as depression, and anxiety. It can contribute to increased stress symptoms, entering into and staying in unhealthy relationships, alcohol and drug use, promiscuity, dependency, social difficulties, status concerns and sensitivity to criticism.

It’s no wonder self-dislike/low self-esteem is sometimes referred to as an invisible handicap for women.

Where does self-esteem come from? Originally, it’s rooted in childhood. Research shows that female children with healthy self-esteem tend to have parents or primary caregivers who model self-esteem. Parents who consistently show an interest in their child’s school work, feelings, friendships and activities. Parents who spend time with their children working and playing together. Parents who are consistently loving towards their children, offering encouragement, as well as, clear consistent boundaries.

Unfortunately, not all children are fortunate enough to grow up in an environment that offers the kind of love and support mentioned above. Fast forward to adulthood, and many of these former children, now adult women, find themselves struggling though life with unrealistic, negative views of themselves.

In my practice, I offer step by step plans based on sound principles to help women of all ages build a healthier, more realistic, positive opinion of themselves. I help women find their unconditional human worth by working with them to discover that they are important valuable human beings worthy of living a full and happy life.

Misti Luke, LCSW maintains a small private counseling practice in beautiful Broken Bow, Oklahoma. For correspondence, email


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