Why Get Certified as a Coach, Healer, Therapist, Facilitator? Imposter Syndrome? Maybe...

It was during my early days as an online entrepreneur that I learned about imposter syndrome both from what I heard other people identifying as and as I learned more from reading, studying, and learning from others' inferiority and superiority complexes.

It's funny, because I was working in a brick and mortar as a Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner, holding circles weekly, facilitating sessions to align chakras, eliminate blocks, facilitate intuitive life/business coaching, and do spiritual intercessor work through ceremony so it never occurred to me that I could be an imposter until I saw so many people criticizing and beating others up over this possibility about two years in. So I dug in deeper.

Photo Thanks to Yoann Boyer

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome basically is what it sounds like. A deeply rooted fear of presenting as something one is not. And it doesn't always come from within. Others in society can shame a person into feeling "not enough" and this can come from early childhood beliefs or, like what I was seeing, as an adult who hears and reads and believes enough that others are saying. For instance, you can't practice x, y, or z modality without proper training, or you can't coach without a certification. You can't call yourself a blah blah without the right initials after your name.

However, you can easily get caught up in the healing arts discussions where there are no truly accredited institutions for coaches, healers, etc. and need to rely on your intuition and gut feelings as to what is right for you. This doesn't apply to regulated medical professions like doctors and such of course, but the subtler energy and coaching industries of course can be interpreted differently and are regulated much more loosely.

What are Signs of Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome can show up in all sorts of ways:

  • Constantly seeking certifications in numerous modalities

  • Over giving in sessions, going over on time, extra sessions, etc.

  • Undercharging