Imposter Syndrome describes individuals who, despite their achievements and success, experience persistent self-doubt and beliefs that they are fraudulent or “imposters”. They may have a hard time attributing their success to their own competence and abilities. Individuals who experience imposter syndrome may believe that it’s just luck or circumstance that has led to their success. They often overcompensate for these fears by putting extreme efforts into hiding their perceived flaws.
Individuals who experience imposter syndrome often experience unrealistic fears of being “found out” or exposed for their inadequacies and believe that their abilities are over-estimated by others.
If you've experienced Imposter Syndrome, you may spend significant amounts of time and energy trying to convince yourself (and others!) that they you good enough. You may often question your professional legitimacy and talk yourself out of opportunities for advancement in the workplace. Over time, this can lead to impaired job performance, low job satisfaction, and higher rates of burnout.
How Therapy for Imposter Syndrome Can Help You!
Imposter Syndrome puts you in an impossible position where you are afraid of both failure and success. You don’t trust yourself to be recognized or seen for who you truly are and spend way too much energy investing in the creation of a version of you that just isn’t accurate. Consider reaching out if you notice the following signs and symtpoms of imposter syndrome...
-persistent feelings of inadequacy
-fears of being “found out” or exposed as a fraud
-invalidating your own accomplishments
-having a difficult time accepting positive feedback
-feeling an urgent need to over-prepare for an assigned task
-avoiding social situations where you can be compared with others
-experiencing dread, worry, or procrastination when expected to achieve a goal
-extreme fears of being evaluated by others
Imposter Syndrome creates a narrative that fuels insecurity and self-doubt. A therapist experienced in providing therapy for imposter syndrome can help you overcome imposter syndrome and feel more confident in your abilities!
You don’t have to do this alone. Therapy for Imposter Syndrome can help you move forward.
Therapy for Imposter Syndrome can help you begin to challenge distorted beliefs and expectations that get in the way of your ability to thrive. You deserve to show up comfortable and confident in your ability to achieve success.Reach out to me so we can talk about how therapy can help you begin to embrace who you are and move forward in way that feels authentic to you!