What???? Allied health professionals can have imposter syndrome?!? The answer to this is an absolute and resounding YES!!!
If you are a health professional and have experienced imposter syndrome, or don’t even know what it is, then this read is for you.
Some of my most accomplished colleagues, friends, supervisees and associates have stories roaming around in their minds that can go a little like this; “you don’t know what you’re doing”, “you’re a fraud, an imposter”, “You shouldn’t get paid for THAT”, “You’ll get laughed at, found out”, “You don’t help anyone”, “You’re not good enough, destined to fail”. And so on, and so on………..
As a psychologist in private practice, I have had the honour and privilege of supervising and supporting GP’s, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers and nurses. The nature of their work requires regular supervision to prevent burnout, enhance professional development and, of course, provide a safe and confidential space for self-reflection and internal learning.
One topic of conversation that often comes up – from new graduates to highly experienced therapists - is that of the “imposter syndrome”. As noted above, the Imposter Syndrome refers to that internal self-critic, sometimes experienced as maladaptive thinking that focuses on professional identity and fears of self-doubt and inadequacy.