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Impostor Syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) refers to an individual’s persistent feelings of inadequacy despite evidence of their success. People struggling with impostorism often have difficulty internalizing their accomplishments and fear being exposed as a “fraud.”

While impostor syndrome is not an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), symptoms and behaviors are often linked w/ anxiety and depression.

Impostor Syndrome can affect anyone, regardless of social status, career, skill level, or degree of expertise; however, it has been found to be more prevalent among women and underrepresented minorities. According to research, 70% of individuals will experience impostorism at some point in their lifetime.

Some common signs of impostor syndrome include:

  • Chronic self-doubt

  • Inability to realistically assess your competence and skills

  • Attributing your success to external factors

  • Perfectionism

  • Self-sabotage

  • Fear of success

  • Fear of failure

  • Fear that you won't live up to expectations

  • Difficulty asking for and/or accepting help from others

“In working with clients struggling with impostor syndrome, I have found that chronic self-doubt, perfectionism and fear (of failure, success and/or expectations) often contribute to the anxiety and/or depression that they are experiencing."

Supervised by Andrea Najemy, LMFT #90985

I am passionate about helping people discover their unlimited potential and become the best version of themselves. I provide a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space where clients can heal, learn new skills, gain insight, and successfully navigate life challenges. My therapeutic approach is integrative and includes person-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. In sessions, I am warm, compassionate, collaborative, and sometimes humorous. I enjoy working with individuals (adults, teens, & tweens), couples, and families. I love meeting and working with people and I am constantly inspired by their resilience. I specialize in working with trauma and PTSD, and I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I have had success with clients struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, relationships, family conflict, multi-racial/multi-cultural identity, chronic pain, imposter syndrome, domestic violence, self-esteem, and life transitions.

Karlyn is currently accepting online clients. To learn more about her schedule and availability, please call/ text/ email her at 424-247-6433;


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