In today’s episode Trudy speaks to Katrina Streatfeild who has been a clinical psychologist for 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge around mental health. Katrina is currently doing a research paper on post traumatic stress and veterans and their families.
What is Imposter Syndrome? Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be.
Imposter syndrome can affect every small business owner in some shape or form. Katrina talks about unhelpful self beliefs, how it’s not just the mental blocks but also the physical blocks that can stop you in your tracks.
Trudy and Katrina talk about the following –
- What anxiety actually is and where the window of tolerance for anxiety needs to be in order for you to continue functioning effectively
- Triggers for overwhelm/anxiety – which can be both physical or mental
- How those triggers can be easy to miss in today’s day and age because of being “on” all the time
- The four pillars of intervention for Imposter Syndrome (but also stress & anxiety)
- How events in your earlier life play a role with self beliefs
- Choice moments to be able to work through it all
- The crucial role support networks play in dealing with Imposter Syndrome
- The strategy of using a diary and noting it down when Imposter Syndrome happens in order to see the patterns and when/where they’re coming from
- There may a be point when you need extra professional help
- Techniques to help people when they’re in that moment of anxiety/stress
Katrina helps individuals, families and communities move towards understanding and improving mental health and wellbeing. She brings over 25 years experience across the spectrum of assessment and intervention for impacts of stress, trauma and mental health disorders, family and parenting work and supervision of psychology trainees and registrars. Katrina has founded two regional psychology clinics and worked or consulted in NFP, corporate and government spaces.