Imposter Syndrome: How Therapists Can Overcome It

Elizabeth Spencer

Imposter Syndrome is possible at every stage of a career, from new to experienced clinicians and therapists. In training thousands of providers, it’s clear that nearly all of them relate to that worry.

We chose our careers to help people, so anxiety can torment us that we are not succeeding.

Anxiety can be a huge barrier to accessing support, which ironically can stand in the way of becoming better therapists.

Even though you may know that being a part of an online case consultation group would be the perfect way to learn or improve you CBT skills and grow your practice, you still are avoiding it.

Sound familiar?

The truth is the best way to stop feeling like an imposter is to join a community of supportive therapists and clinicians who help you solve your toughest cases and cheer you to success. 

Anyone who has taken our courses or read our website knows that Kimberly and I are passionate about training clinicians in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and OCD – and also how passionate we are about using the lessons of anxiety treatment in our lives.

We want to share that strength with you, too.

Anxiety is normal and helpful when it keeps us safe from actual danger, but too often causes us to limit our ability to take reasonable risks that can lead to personal growth. Anxiety wants us to stick to the known path, to avoid new situations. It keeps us mired in imposter syndrome and feelings like we’re not skilled or knowledgable enough to make a difference.

I see the limitations anxiety tries to impose on me, my clients, and the clinicians I work with in our group case consultation meetings of our Anxiety Training Community.

We all need support as we take hard steps, and group case consultation is an awesome way to connect with others who can help as you grow as a clinician.

What is your worst fear about joining an online case consultation group?  Can you relate to Imposter Syndrom — do you have a fear of being seen to be a bad therapist?

I think about the first time Mary joined a group case consultation call.

She was making a mid-career change from child protective services and wanted to have a private practice of her own. Learning CBT for anxiety and OCD was new for her, and she was apprehensive about how the group would respond to her work with her clients.

Six group consultations later, Mary said, “Looking back, I can’t believe I had the courage to sign on for that first session. I am proud of myself for having done that! I have learned so much from these conversations with you and with the other therapists that I could not have learned on my own. After that scary first group, I really looked forward to talking to everyone. These group consultations help me realize that my dream of having a successful private practice can come true.”

Once you have taken our 12-hour training, take the next, courageous step. Sign up for our Anxiety Training Community, where you will get twice-a-month group case consultation video calls, CEs, and tons of clinical resources. It’s just $85/month and is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Tell your anxiety you are doing it anyway. Become an effective, confident therapist–and overcome imposture syndrome for good. 


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