Rebranding or change can be difficult, even though we all must address it at some point if we are going to continue to grow and be great. I am currently in the process of a rebranding. In short, I'm updating the look of my brand. I've got a new logo, a revamp to my website, and I'm changing the focus of the clients I work with. The latter, changing the focus of the clients I work with, is probably the biggest part of this change and the most difficult. When I decided to be a therapist I wanted to work with couples. Part of my rebrand is to narrow the scope of my work with couples and to begin focusing on working with individuals struggling with Impostor Syndrome.
Impostor Phenomenon is a term coined by Dr. Pauline Clance and is more commonly known as Impostor Syndrome. Individuals that suffer from Impostor Syndrome are usually high achievers in some facet of their life, whether it be career, in education, or in the arts. What I have found in working with individuals that struggle with impostorism is that that they don’t come to therapy indicating feeling like an impostor as their primary presenting problem. Most often they’ll express feelings of not living to their full potential or report a history of self-sabotaging their success. In addition, while Impostor Syndrome isn’t in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the symptoms usually develop into depression or anxiety, disorders that are diagnosable.
As for couples all is not lost. I will continue to work with couples for premarital counseling or couples that have been married a year or less. The rationale is this, after years of working with couples I have come to the conclusion that I have a much better chance of having significant positive impact if I reach them earlier. Traditionally, couples don’t come into therapy at the first sign of difficulty. Instead they wait until the choice is therapy or divorce. As a result, I often feel like I am working from a deficit, and after years of relationship dysfunction that has led to a high level of resentment, it can be difficult, almost impossible, to undo and reduce that resentment. However, for couples married longer than a year I plan on doing workshops that focus on communication and teach real skills to assist with connecting emotionally.
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