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Imposter Syndrome Therapy

Do you feel like a fraud?

Do you feel like you’ve fooled others about your accomplishments and it’s only a matter of time before you’re exposed as a fraud?  Perhaps your success is all down to “luck” and you don’t really deserve it?  Maybe you’ve felt like you’re  pretending to be an adult who is capable of raising a child or buying a home, but really you’re only faking it.

Many experience self-doubt, but if you regularly and persistently have a fear of being exposed as a “fraud”, despite evidence to the contrary such as your education, experience and accomplishments, imposter syndrome might be lurking.

To reduce or counter these feelings, you might end up working harder, holding yourself to even higher standards, eventually risking burnout.

As psychologist Dr Susan Albers, (Cleveland Clinic) puts it:-

“You have this fear that the people around you are going to figure out that you don’t know what you’re talking about and expose you as a fraud”.

So although colleagues and friends may be praising you, you write off your successes and put them down to timing and/or luck. You don’t believe you’ve earned them and you fear others will eventually realise this too.

Meet Our Qualified Therapists

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda is a highly experienced Advanced CBT and Integrative therapist with more than 8 years experience. She draws upon a wide range of therapies and works proactively to help clients understand, process and resolve their concerns and conflicts. Amanda can assist you to quickly identify problematic thoughts and behaviours which negatively impact your personal and professional well-being.

Andrea Tibbitts

Andrea is a highly experienced relationship therapist and coach, with over 15 years clinical experience providing marriage and relationship counselling. She is passionate about empowering couples to be the best version of themselves and to live their best lives. She can help you and your partner to identify and address the root causes of problematic patterns which have a negative impact on your relationship.

Karen Gubb

Karen is a highly experienced psychologist, executive and career coach with more than 15 years experience helping adults address a wide range of concerns. Karen draws upon a variety of therapies and coaching skills, tailoring her approach, to best suit the learning style of each client. Karen works proactively. She can help you understand and constructively change problematic beliefs and patterns of behaviour that inhibit your ability to realise your personal goals.

Mita Hiremath

Mita is a highly experienced psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is passionate about helping clients overcome issues they have been struggling with for months and sometimes years. Mita draws upon a range of therapies including, CBT, Mindfulness and EMDR, which she tailors to best suit each client she works with.

Imposter Syndrome can be seen at:-

  • Work – any success is attributed to “luck” rather than ability and working hard. You may also feel pressure to over work in your attempts to achieve the impossible.
  • Home – feeling uncertain, inexperienced and totally unprepared for certain situations, such as parenting. It may lead to a reluctance in making decisions for fear of messing up.
  • School – students may hold back and avoid speaking up for fear that others will see they are ignorant.
  • Relationships – some may feel unworthy of another’s affection and that their partner will discover how ordinary they are.

This is exhausting – living in fear of being exposed or discovered as a fraud will ensure that high levels of anxiety become the norm.

So what can we do to overcome imposter syndrome:-

  • Recognise when you’re experiencing imposter feelings. These are feelings, not facts.  Just because you feel these feelings doesn’t mean they’re true.  Remind yourself that you’re competent and often do know what you’re talking about.
  • Note your accomplishments. When you’re having imposter moments, remind yourself of what you’ve achieved. Look at the card that your child made you which told you what a wonderful parent you are; revisit the email that your boss sent you thanking you for your excellent work.
  • Avoid and Stop Comparing. Look at your own achievements rather than comparing with others. Social Media means we are surrounded by other people’s lives and their achievements.  Don’t go there.
  • Talk to Others. Talking to somebody who knows you can offer support. They can help normalise your feelings and confirm your achievements.
  • Talk to a therapist. A therapist can help you recognise and work through these feelings and offer tips and techniques for managing them.

How Can KlearMinds help you with Imposter Syndrome?

It is possible to learn techniques that reduce the impact of imposter syndrome on our life and prevent excessive anxiety.  Our therapists use a powerful combination of CBT, counselling and coaching to help you:-

  • Understand the factors that cause imposter syndrome
  • Discover how to recognise physiological symptoms of stress and anxiety that often accompany this syndrome
  • Explore alternatives strategies to replace imposter syndrome thinking

Not sure which therapist or type of therapy you need?

Get in touch with Maggie Morrow, Award Winning Therapist & KlearMinds Director.
Maggie can help match you with the right therapist based on your needs.

Paul Glynn

Written By

This page was written by Paul Glynn – KlearMinds Clinical Director
MSc Counselling, PG Adv Cert CBT, Adv Cert Clinical Supervision, BPhil, MBACP (Accred) and medically reviewed in March 2022.

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