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Perfectionism, People Pleasing and Imposter Syndrome

Trauma that is pass down from family member to member through epigenetics, attachment wounds and direct exposure through living life together. 

Maybe you are a:

Are these common messages that you tell yourself?

"I must constantly prove myself to others and myself"

"I can't ask for help, I need to do it myself"

"My needs and desires are secondary to my family or my team"

"If I assert myself, others will think I'm selfish"

"I have to self sacrifice my well being in order for everyone else to be okay"

"I'd rather self sacrifice than allow others to suffer"

"Leadership always means putting others before myself"

"I can't let others see my vulnerabilities, I have to maintain a reputation of being the strong one, or the one that is put together"

"Taking a break or asking for help is not part of my M.O."
"My happiness or rest comes after meeting other peoples expectations"

"I have high/harsh expectations of myself, but not of others"

Love Yourself
Love and Happiness

What is the root issue?

People pleasing, Perfectionism and Imposter Syndrome all come from having low self worth. These parts of us that display patterns of insecurity are rooted in systemic, institutional, historical and intergenerational forces that cause use to believe that we are never going to be "good enough." That we have to choose between meeting our own needs and being accepted. 

Common Symptoms of Low Self Worth

Harsh/critical Self Talk

Your inner voices are not very friendly and compassionate, but highly judgmental, critical and fill you with self doubt.

Possible Causes of Low Self Worth

Growing up with parents that struggled with low self 

Maybe your parents/caregivers exposed you to judgmental, critical or dismissive remarks. Being in an environment where your emotions are being invalidated, unseen, or having chronic unmet needs can cause you to feel flawed or deficient. 

Therapy Can Help

  • Better self management skills- improved ease and ability to manage stress and overwhelm and make better decisions in the workplace. 

  • Empowered boundaries bring less exhaustion and resentment- your ability to identify your needs and desires, hold it in tension with the collective, prioritizing your own care without feelings of selfishness will help you let your "no-s" be NO and your "yeses" be YES. 

  • Enhanced Self Confidence- Confidence comes from self assurance and self trust. The feeling of "I got my back no matter what" will be at the forefront. 

  • Unapologetic Self Advocacy- You will feel grounded in your assertive communication, knowing that prioritizing and advocating for your needs is not inherently selfish. 

  • Clarity in decision making- Your inner conflict between your perfectionism and authentic desires will be resolved. 

  • Authentic leadership- Your colleagues will have a new found respect for you because you are leading from your Core Self/Higher Self

Therapy Session

Frequently Asked Questions:

I believe change is possible, but I don't believe that change is possible for ME. How can you help me?

We will work together to make sure you're feeling safe. If safety and trust isn't present, change cannot occur. What do I use to cultivate safety: 

  • providing educational tid bits about what is happening and how to heal

  • building a strong relationship with you

  • giving you as much heads up as possible so you're not surprised by much

  • operating with as much consent and permission as possible

  • not treating you like you're someone who is broken and needs to be fixed

  • focusing on your strengths 

  • cultivating hope

  • showing you compassion, when you may not have much compassion for yourself. 

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