Low Self-Esteem workshop with Daniel Mirea, MSc

Low self-esteem is a unique condition characterized by symptoms from both the depressive and the anxiety spectrum; it therefore requires a creative and comprehensive approach that undermines all these varied symptoms.

If we view ‘self-esteem’ as a sense of self, or set of beliefs origid opinions that we have about ourselves, significant others and the world around us, then we understand why CBT brings such an important contribution to the overall understanding and the treatment of low self-esteem. CBT treatment protocols distinguish depression from low self-esteem – and the Oxford model, which we will be exploring in this workshop, is by far the most successful treatment programme for low self-esteem.

How does low self-esteem affect us?

The problem with thinking that we’re not good enough is that we start to behave as if it’s true. Low self-esteem often changes people’s behaviour in ways that act to confirm the person isn’t able to do things or isn’t very good, according to the cognitive behavioural model for low self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem or confidence, you may hide yourself away from social situations, stop trying new things and avoid situations you find challenging. In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations makes you feel a lot safer. In the longer term, this avoidance can actually backfire because it reinforces your underlying doubts and fears. It teaches you the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.

Living with low self-esteem can harm your mental health, leading to problems such as deeper states of depression and other anxiety disorders (such as eating disorders). You may also develop unhelpful habits, such as over-eating, smoking, or drinking too much, as a way of coping.

The Oxford model for low self-esteem

Melanie Fennell and her colleagues from Oxford University, one of them being Mark Williams (one of the founders of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), have long established themselves as leaders in the field of CBT for low mood and low self-esteem. The team have developed effective treatment programmes for low self-esteem.

The “Oxford model” of low self-esteem (as well as the latest research) will be discussed in some depth in this workshop.

This workshop provides a good introduction to working with mild to moderate depression (not severe depression or major depressive disorder) via the model of low self-esteem.

What this course will do for you:

The training covers a wide range of CBT topics from introductory through to advanced. The combination of lecture, case studies (video/ audio analysis) and role play significantly develops skills and knowledge of CBT techniques and provides an effective and cost efficient investment in your professional development.

This training will provide a CPD Certificate (6 hours) signed by a senior BABCP accredited psychotherapist and lecturer as well as the Principal of the College.

Learning objectives:

  • A deeper understanding of the term ‘low self-esteem’: a term that is commonly used to the extent that it has now become part of our everyday vocabulary.
  • An in-depth exploration of The Oxford Guide’s description of Low Self Esteem and how that differs from clinical or severe depression – understanding the sphere of competences (in particular for hypnotherapists with no other clinical background)
  • Understanding what and how other disorders are associated with low moods and low self-esteem, such as depression or social phobia.
  • Assessment and conceptualisation: the vicious circle (or working model) of low self-esteem -highlighting factors that maintain this condition, such as social withdrawal, common misinterpretations of social interactions and self-critical thinking.
  • You will be able to understand the assessment and the main working models (or vicious cycles) of low moods, low self-esteem and other associated disorders.
  • You will understand the self-report measures commonly used with depression and low moods.
  • The treatment of low mood and low self-esteem: socialising people to the CBT model, psychological education, modifying and challenging dysfunctional assumptions and self-critical thinking. The creative use of behavioural and social experiments as well as imagery work and hypnosis.
  • You will understand how you could integrate different skills used in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders.
  • The use of other more recent CBT approaches also know as third-wave therapies such as mindfulness and acceptance, imagery, and relaxation.
  • How to integrate hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis into the Oxford model.
  • Session structure and session planning.

“Fantastic course, really informative. Daniel is great. It’s a fascinating and important topic. So glad I came, many thanks to all the College staff.”

Emma Seymour

“Inspiring stuff. Lots to learn, to explore, think about and apply.”

Jay Nichol


About Daniel Mirea

Daniel Mirea is a senior psychotherapist and lecturer  who trained in all aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Mindfulness, Hypno-CBT and EMDR) with a career of more than 25 years in the mental health field. He is an accredited practitioner with both BABCP and UKCP, a fellow alumnus of King’s College and a senior associate at The Royal Medical Society. He is a director of a private mental heath services provider and also manages his own private practice; Daniel is an experienced consultant clinical supervisor within the South-East London trust and a CBT course leader with NSPC - Midddlesex University and Regents University. He has a particular interest in integrating hypnosis with CBT in the context of trans-diagnostic approaches.

Read more about Daniel here.

Discover more CBT/CBH workshops with Daniel Mirea here

Date: Saturday 12th December 2020
Time: 10am to 5:00pm
Location: The Clayton Crown Hotel, Cricklewood, NW2. (Where’s that?!Read more about the venue here

Fee: £145

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Course Cancellations:
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Deposits (or deposit equivalent fees) are non-refundable. Payment in full includes a deposit equivalent fee of £175 for single courses and £450 for the diploma (or £290 deposit for the Diploma 12 month payment plan).

The following cancellation fees apply to course cancellation, received in writing:

  • Less than seven days before the course starts: full payment of the course is due. No refund is given for fees paid.
  • Seven to 14 days before the course starts: 50% of the course fees will be due.
  • More than 14 days before the course starts: full refund (less the non-refundable deposit) will be made.

Workshop fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If the course is cancelled by the College, we will refund all fees paid but will not be liable for any additional or related costs incurred by students.

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Once your deposit is made you are registered with your chosen dates for each stage. Each course date can be transferred to a future date with a fee of £175 per course with notice more than 14 days before the course commends and a fee of £300 per course with less than 14 days notice.

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If you decide at any point during the first 48 hours that the course is not suitable for you, then we will refund the full amount paid for the course less £200 (£175 deposit plus a small administrative fee).

Student responsibility:
Students are responsible for notifying us of any mental or physical health problems that might affect their ability to participate on the course. This course may not be suitable for people with a history of psychotic disorders or other psychiatric conditions.