Self-Esteem Counseling for Children & Teens

Stephanie Legendre, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist

Building Strong Foundations: Fostering Self-Esteem in Children and Teens

Children’s self-esteem is built in increments and parents usually attempt to build their child’s self-esteem by external praise:  “Good…awesome…you’re the best” etc.  In therapy it’s important to teach parents how to help build their self-esteem by using internal praise and encouraging their effort.  This helps children gain a sense of self that does not depend on what others think of them but what they believe in themselves.

Welcome to my Self-Esteem Empowerment page, where I am  dedicated to nurturing the confidence and resilience of children and teens. Recognizing the pivotal role self-esteem plays in their development, our programs are designed to instill a strong sense of self-worth and empower young individuals to thrive.

Understanding Self-Esteem: Self-esteem is the foundation upon which children and teens build their identities. It influences their decision-making, relationships, and overall well-being. My mission is to provide effective strategies and support systems that foster positive self-perception and personal growth.

How Stephanie Empowers:

  1. Individualized Counseling:
    • Stephanie offers personalized sessions tailored to the unique needs and challenges of each child or teen.
    • Focus areas include building self-awareness, setting realistic goals, and overcoming obstacles.
  2. Art and Expressive Therapies:
    • Utilizing creative outlets such as art and expressive therapies to encourage self-expression and reflection.
    • These therapeutic approaches provide alternative ways for young individuals to explore and communicate their feelings.
  3. Skills Development Programs:
    • Implementing programs that equip children and teens with practical life skills, fostering a sense of competency and accomplishment.
    • Workshops include communication skills, problem-solving, and emotional regulation techniques.
  4. Peer Support Groups:
    • Facilitating peer support groups to create a sense of community and shared understanding.
    • Encouraging positive peer interactions and communication skills that contribute to a supportive social environment.
    • Stephanie supervises a teen “Who Am I” group every summer for Teen girls to help them have the confidence to be themselves.

Coping Strategies for Children and Teens:

  1. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques:
    • Introducing mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques to promote self-awareness and emotional regulation.
    • Guiding participants to be present in the moment and manage stress effectively.
  2. Goal-Setting and Achievement Celebrations:
    • Guiding children and teens in setting realistic goals and celebrating their achievements.
    • Fostering a sense of accomplishment and reinforcing the connection between effort and success.
  3. Positive Role Modeling:
    • Emphasizing the importance of positive role models and mentors in shaping self-esteem.
    • Encouraging healthy relationships and connections with supportive adults.

Encouraging a Lifelong Journey: Stephanie believes that building self-esteem is an ongoing, lifelong journey. By instilling confidence and resilience during childhood and adolescence, we empower young individuals to face life’s challenges with strength and self-assurance.

Contact Me: Empower your child or teen to thrive with a strong sense of self-worth. Contact Stephanie at West Houston Counseling to explore how her self-esteem empowerment treatment plan can make a positive impact on your child or teen’s journey to personal growth and fulfillment. Together, we can build the foundation for a confident and resilient future.

Call Stephanie at West Houston Counseling Center to learn more about Self-Esteem counseling – 281.940.8515/[email protected]