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Imposter Syndrome: Treating Anxiety, Depression, and Burnout in Clients Who Feel Like Frauds

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Lillian Gibson, PhD
6 Hours 21 Minutes
Mar 01, 2024
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Today’s professional life of ever-changing roles, shifting responsibilities and new technologies to adapt to has left more clients than ever before struggling with imposter syndrome.

These clients, often outwardly successful, feel like undeserving frauds. Trapped in their own negative thoughts and never-ending self-doubt, many find themselves in your office struggling with anxiety, depression and burnout.

But treating these clients is tricky. They minimize their many abilities, shrug off their inner strengths and see themselves as unworthy – leaving you struggling to show them their true talents and value.

Lillian Gibson, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who’s been helping clients escape the self-doubt and self-criticism of “not being enough” for over a decade. Now in this training you’ll get the tools you need to help clients overcome imposter feelings, treat their resulting anxiety and depression, and guide them to a life of self-confidence, peace, and self-assurance in both their work and personal lives.

With interactive exercises you can immediately use in your practice you’ll finish able to identify clients with imposter syndrome and capably move them past their stuck points. PLUS you’ll get specific guidance for working with the anxiety and depression that often plagues these clients using ACT and CBT.

Don’t wait to get up to speed on this rapidly growing client population.

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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Lillian Gibson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience working with clients facing trauma, insomnia, nightmares, race-based traumas, minority stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic medical conditions. In addition to her clinical duties, she serves as a consultant to other licensed clinicians, and supervises psychology and medical residents on “gold star” evidenced-based psychotherapy treatments. Dr. Gibson is a highly recommended speaker, consultant, and clinician who is frequently engaged by non-profit agencies, community-based programs, and mental health agencies to inform and train their staff. Experienced in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health centers, outpatient behavioral care services, and primary care settings. Dr. Gibson’s professional footprints include places such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Quality Education for Minorities Network. Dr. Gibson has also conducted international research in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lillian Gibson maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant and virtual speaker. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lillian Gibson has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Assess for common mental health symptoms associated with imposter syndrome.
  2. Utilize Socratic questioning to explore imposter syndrome stuck points.
  3. Employ strategies from CBT to identify faulty thinking patterns in anxious clients with unrealistic expectations of themselves.
  4. Use ACT techniques to increase client’s self-compassion and decrease their rumination over perceived mistakes.
  5. Utilize mindfulness interventions to increase emotional tolerance in clients with depression.
  6. Develop treatment plans that account for sleep issues that often accompany clients who constantly worry that they’re not good enough and will be “found out.”


Core Elements of Imposter Syndrome
  • Symptoms associated with imposter syndrome
  • Measures to assess the impacts
  • DSM-5® diagnoses associated with imposter syndrome
Exploring Stuck Points with Clients
  • Identify thoughts associated with imposter syndrome
  • Using Socratic questioning to explore stuck points
  • The impact of social stress
  • Cultural dynamics (gender and race) in relation to imposter syndrome occurrences
Factors that Intensify Imposter Syndrome and Professional Burnout
  • Stressors that exacerbate mental health symptoms
  • 5 stages of burnout
  • Work cultures that cultivate imposter syndrome feelings
  • Strategies to help clients overcome burnout and re-establish professional fulfillment
Anxiety, Imposter Syndrome and Perfectionism:
ACT, CBT and Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety in Clients Who Feel Like Frauds
  • How perfectionism and imposter syndrome work together
  • CBT strategies to manage distressing feelings and unrealistic expectations
  • Using ACT to increase self-compassion and decrease rumination over mistakes
  • Mindfulness interventions for stress reduction
  • Managing accompanying sleep issues
  • Research, risks and limitations
When Imposter Syndrome Leads to Depression:
Treatment Strategies to Overcome Negative Thoughts, Low Self-Worth and More
  • CBT strategies to identify faulty thinking patterns that worsen perceptions of one’s self
  • Re-align with valued living and goals with ACT
  • Mindfulness interventions to increase emotional tolerance
  • Overcoming feelings of isolation and disconnectedness
  • Self-care strategies to foster feelings of empowerment
  • Research, risks and limitations

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physcians
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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