Increasing self-worth aims to improve a client’s confidence, in oneself and also in her/his capability or ‘self-belief’ to perform a certain behaviour. This technique may be applied in various ways, but could for example involve verbal persuasion about a client’s capability, focussing on past success, or changing the client’s perspective on a certain behaviour. This is referred to as framing or reframing in scientific literature. Another example is advising a client to imagine performing the behaviour successfully in a relevant context.
See how the dietitian prompts Eric to think about how he managed to lose weight in the past and how he felt. She stresses the fact that he was able to do it before and he will be able to do it again (self-belief).
Look how the dietitian encourages Alice by exemplifying the success she has managing her work and linking this to being successful at home cooking healthy meals for her family (self-belief).
See how the dietitian inspires Alice to cook at home by involving her family, and to consider the healthy meals a gift for the whole family (reframing).
Note how the dietitian, by giving some examples on how to increase vegetable intake, makes Queenie realise that making the necessary changes is not that difficult as she thought initially (self-belief).
Look how the dietitian, by asking how Queenie thinks these changes will have an impact on her health, makes her aware of the benefits of changing her behaviours (reframing).