Imposter syndrome is an extremely common phenomenon in which a person doubts their own skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. While imposter syndrome can affect anyone, it is particularly common among high-achieving professionals including lawyers, consultants, educators, health care professionals and those in corporate settings.
Career professionals often face intense pressure to perform at a very high level, whether from themselves or others. They may also compare themselves to their colleagues and peers, believing that everyone else is more skilled, experienced, knowledgeable or "together" than they are. These feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt can lead to a cycle of worried thinking, anxiety, and even burnout or depression.
Here are some common signs of imposter syndrome:
If you are experiencing imposter syndrome, it is important to understand that while these feelings are unfortunately common, they can be overcome.
Here are some strategies we use to help you overcome imposter syndrome:
Our team of therapists is here to help you. We help you learn the language of self-compassion so that you can experience true confidence and finally overcome imposter syndrome. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with questions, or to learn more about how we can best support you.
Our team specializes in providing counselling/therapy to career professionals & lawyers in Ontario struggling with anxiety, stress, burnout, low mood/depression, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, ADHD, grief & loss, relationship & career challenges.