Impostor Syndrome is a phenomenon that plagues the helping profession. No matter the professional and clinical experience and hours worked, the feelings of fraudulence and incompetence still paralyze and impact us. Impostor syndrome typically shows up when we are stepping into an area of professional growth and development. “Am I competent?” “Why would someone hire me?” And “when will someone find out that I’m fraudulent” are the most common ways that it shows up. People who struggle with impostor syndrome tend to have a difficult time with perfectionism and the mentality that nothing is ever good enough. We’ll examine how our early childhood development impacts our sense of self, insecurities, and the association between achievement and self-worth.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify 5 different ways that impostor syndrome shows up for helping professionals and how it negatively impacts their sense of self
- Compare and contrast 3 ways that impostor syndrome differs from low self-esteem
- Articulate 3 different techniques to combat and move through impostor syndrome
- Examine 3 ways that cultural diversity impacts impostor syndrome in the workplace
Patrick Casale, MA, LCMHC, LCAS
Patrick currently works as a private practice coach and strategist and private practice owner. He lives in Asheville NC with his wife Ariel and two dogs, Hudson and Hazel. He’s worked in the helping profession since 2008. In the last 12 years, he’s worked in several different arenas in community mental health. From a qualified professional to the program director, he found himself constantly being promoted to middle management roles where he was able to see both sides of the coin. It was hard watching his staff work so hard for so little while trying to appease the powers that be who typically were out of touch with day to day operations. He has worked full time as a private practice therapist for the last three years. In those three years, he’s traveled to 8 different countries, taken lots of vacations, grown his business to a point where it feels easy and routine, and has helped other therapists in the area do the same.