Empowering The Real You: Unlocking Confidence From Within

Posted July 21, 2023 by Cristina Vrech

Cristina Vrech - Individual and couples therapist

Cristina Vrech

Founder and Director - Individual & Couple Therapist, Corporate Services

Co-founder and director of Leone Centre, Cristina Vrech, has 20+ years of experience in working and supporting people, 14+ years of extensive experience as a therapist and offers valuable knowledge to individuals and couples. Prior to being a therapist, she worked in the financial sector.

Cristina takes a down-to-earth and direct approach across the landscapes of relationships, communication, stress, infidelity, confidence, loneliness, addiction, separation and divorce, IVF, and anxiety.

Offering Online Counselling and in person counselling.

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Unlocking Confidence

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller.

We live in an era where societal expectations, media portrayals, and other external influences profoundly shape our self-perception, frequently overshadowing the authentic self. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to empower the real you.

This process isn’t just about projecting a confident image to others but nurturing genuine confidence, allowing it to illuminate your true essence. 

What Leads To Low Self-Confidence?

Low self-confidence and self-esteem stem from various sources, both external and internal. Externally, it could result from a history of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse, constant criticism, bullying, or neglect. Regarding societal influences, unrealistic standards by media, peer pressure, or discrimination can also contribute to feelings of inadequacy.

Internally, negative self-talk, a tendency towards perfectionism, or a lack of recognition for one’s achievements erode self-confidence. Additionally, major life events such as job loss, divorce, or significant failures can lead to low self-esteem.

Health issues, particularly mental health disorders like depression or anxiety, also cause a significant decrease in self-confidence. 


How Self-Confidence Creates a Fulfilling Life

Nurturing confidence levels and helping them to grow has a ripple effect across all areas of a person’s life.

  1. Physical Well-being: Confident individuals are more likely to take care of their physical health, leading to improved overall wellness.
  2. Healthy Relationships: With increased self-confidence, people tend to maintain healthier, more meaningful relationships.
  3. Career Advancement: Confidence encourages people to pursue their ambitions fearlessly, leading to professional growth and fulfilment.
  4. Facing Stress: Confident individuals tend to be more equipped to manage stress, reducing the risk of mental health issues.
  5. Resilience: With self-confidence, people find it easier to bounce back from adversity, making them more resilient.
  6. Positive Self-perception: Confidence fosters a positive self-image, helping individuals make choices that align with their values and lead to personal fulfilment.
  7. Enhanced Communication and Social Skills: Due to self-assuredness, individuals communicate more effectively and build deeper connections, enriching their social interactions.
  8. Holistic Wellness and Satisfaction: Overall, growth in self-confidence paves the way for a life marked by holistic wellness and personal satisfaction.


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The Journey of Building Self-Confidence

The Mind Set of Confidence

To initiate the journey of unlocking your confidence, it’s crucial to understand that true confidence comes from acceptance and love of self. Confidence is not a facade you can wear; instead, it blossoms from the seed of self-awareness and self-respect. It’s about recognising your strengths, embracing your vulnerabilities, and acknowledging your worth.

Confidence is not a constant state but rather an ever-evolving sense of self-assuredness and understanding that allows you to weather life’s storms.

In the pursuit of empowering the real you, fostering a positive mindset is imperative. Our thoughts, more often than not, shape our reality. Confidence is directly related to the narrative you construct for yourself. If you continue to ruminate unhealthy thoughts or indulge in self-deprecating dialogue, it erodes your self-confidence. On the contrary, cultivating a positive mindset encourages resilience and determination. It instils a belief in your abilities, which are key facets of confidence.

Self-Confidence And The Body

Confidence isn’t simply mental; it’s physical, too. Developing a healthy relationship with your body contributes significantly to your confidence levels. Exercising regularly, maintaining a balanced diet, and ensuring adequate rest and relaxation lift your physical well-being and enhance self-esteem and confidence. This is because when you take care of your body, you reinforce the notion that you’re worth that care, which fuels your confidence.

The Importance of Redefining Failure

In a world where everyone is expected to be ‘perfect,’ redefining your relationship with failure is important. Rather than viewing failure as a setback, see it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Each failure offers lessons that help you grow, build resilience, and, ultimately, become more confident.

When you shift your perspective on failure, you no longer fear it; instead, you embrace it as part of your journey, thus nurturing your inner confidence.

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How Counselling Helps Build Confidence

Let’s delve into the role of counselling in this journey. Professional counselling can play a significant role in helping individuals develop self-confidence. At its core, counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for individuals to explore their inner world. Counsellors help identify and challenge unhelpful self-beliefs that may hamper confidence, replacing them with healthier, more positive affirmations.

Counsellors employ various therapeutic approaches, which help individuals understand how their thoughts influence their behaviour. By reframing unhealthy thought patterns, individuals build a more helpful self-image, which is crucial for cultivating self-confidence. Additionally, counselling allows individuals to discuss their fears, anxieties, and concerns openly, often leading to breakthrough moments of self-discovery, ultimately bolstering their self-confidence.

Moreover, counselling encourages self-expression, which is crucial to understanding and embracing one’s unique identity. It promotes self-awareness and helps in recognising personal strengths, leading to a healthier sense of self-worth and self-esteem. 

Connecting To Self

To sum up, unlocking confidence from within is a journey of self-discovery, self-love, and self-belief. It’s about cultivating a hopeful mindset, caring for your physical well-being, learning from failures, and embracing your unique self.

While this journey is deeply personal and unique to each individual, support systems such as counselling significantly facilitate the process. As you embark on this journey, remember the goal is not to become ‘confident’ in the eyes of others but to nurture and empower the authentic, confident you.


Talk with a Leone Centre Professional

If you do feel like you need some help and support, our Leone Centre professionals are available 7 days a week. Call us on 020 3930 1007. We can also provide fast track therapy.

We can offer in-person counselling in London appointments at our head office in Fulham and our offices in Kensington, Wimbledon and Belgravia, We also service Victoria, Putney, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, and City of London.

In addition, we offer Online Therapy appointments wherever in the world you are located, should this better fit around your existing commitments or if you are not able to attend an in-person appointment.