It’s probably not a surprise to learn that Imposter Syndrome isn’t rare among those in the counselling profession. Subtly lurking in the corners of many professional counselling rooms. Especially for those who are freshly stepping into the field or those transitioning into unfamiliar roles and walking into private practice, the syndrome can be a pesky companion. It’s as if a constant, nagging voice questioning the counsellors adequacy, whispering doubts about their competence, despite the stacks of degrees, accolades, and positive client feedback they might have.

Syndrome in Counsellors

But it’s not just the newcomers who can fall prey to this psychological trap. Even seasoned counsellors aren’t immune. The constant pressure to guide clients effectively through their psychological challenges can stir up feelings of fraudulence. This nagging self-doubt can create an invisible barrier that hinders their professional progress and subtly distorts the dynamic they share with their clients. This is something that I have gotten to know well, this part of me. The part of me that warns me of the “potential risk” ahead, and with such presidents, tries pulls me back into the shadows. Wanting to hide me away from the fear of being seen, as I am, warts and all, human, one might say.

This experience, veiled in silence, is more common than many might suspect. Shedding a light on this reality and creating open conversations about it, is a must in all supervision conversations. Conversations among peers, allowing space in the room for that part of ourselves. Allowing it to feel the safety of curiosity.

Remember, the first step towards understanding this part is acknowledging its existence. Recognising the prevalence of Imposter Syndrome part among counsellors is a stepping stone towards demystifying this part of us and offers its safety and acceptance for it being there.