Novice and seasoned therapists alike have moments of “fraudy” feelings--of wondering how on earth people can trust them with their most intimate struggles and expect them to help. Well, these feelings are normal, and in fact, are why you are in the role you’re in.
Let me explain.
Being aware of your humanity--your limitations--is the foundation for being a “good” therapist.
The problem is that these “fraudy” feelings often lead us to question our expertise. But, the truth is, as licensed therapists, we are experts. Let me also say that by “expert” I am not referring to the expert role--believing you know more than your clients about their lives. I am referring to your expertise in relation to your target audience (your ideal clients).
Seeing yourself as an expert is crucial for successfully operating in the therapist role day in and day out, no matter your context--the therapy room, the networking meeting, or the classroom. It is also a prerequisite for defining your ideal clients and communicating in ways that resonate with them.Read More