Erica Basso, LMFT

Erica Basso, LMFT

Imposter Syndrome & Online Therapy for Young Professionals.

Have you ever heard of imposter syndrome? You may not have heard the phrase, but I bet most of us have experienced the feeling in our workplaces. Imposter syndrome is what happens when you feel like you’re not good enough at your job, you can’t do certain aspects of your work, and you’re faking it. You’re pretending to be something you’re not. Whether this stems from finding a place in a male-dominated field, your inner perfectionist telling you you’re not enough, or some other internal or external factor, you don’t need to keep “faking it until you make it.” You should feel confident and assured in your profession, and if you don’t, let’s work together to achieve that self-assurance. I’m Erica Basso, a licensed marriage and family therapist, offering online therapy for young, professional women in California. When you’re ready to drop the mask and unleash your inner boss, let’s get started.

Reasons Young Professionals are Considering Therapy

Many people don’t think about therapy when they’re struggling to find their career, establish themselves in the workplace, or land that well-deserved promotion. However, working with the right therapist can help you with a wide range of goals, including career success. Some specific work-related issues I help with include:

Women in the Workplace

You would think that being a woman in the workplace wouldn’t be an issue anymore. Haven’t we proven our abilities time and again in every industry? Still, women make significantly less money than male coworkers in similar roles, are less likely to receive promotions, and often feel left out of bonding or social experiences with their male counterparts. Whether your male boss is taking a group of the guys out to lunch once a week, the guys are golfing every weekend, or after-work drink invites don’t go out to you – it can feel like your gender is the main reason you’re not having the success you want. Navigating any workplace as a woman can be difficult, but therapy can help you build the confidence and resilience to take on the boys club and get yourself a seat at the conference table – even if you’re still not invited to the pool table.

Imposter Syndrome

I talked a little about this in the introduction, and it’s so important to understand how many ways we pretend to be something we’re not on a daily basis. People do this all the time. We want to fit in and get ahead, and we don’t want people to see our moments of weakness. So, we cover up our vulnerabilities and act like we have it all figured it. Then, we go home at the end of the day and feel like we’ve been performing in an eight-hour-long play called “The Person I’m Supposed to Be & I’m Not: Starring You.” Shakespeare might have said that life is just a play, but this lack of authenticity is draining. Let’s step off the stage and start empowering and advocating for who we are and how who you are is a benefit to your workplace.

Perfectionism

Has good enough ever been enough for you? Me neither. Many of us find ourselves struggling with perfectionism. While this often impacts our work, it can also bleed over into our personal lives. At the end of the day, none of us are perfect – no matter how perfect someone seems from the outside – remember that imposter syndrome thing we talked about? It may seem like you need to be perfect to be a good employee, but actually, finding the ability to admit when you’ve failed or knowing when you need to ask for help can be the best way to learn and grow as an employee. Here’s a secret, good employers know this too, and anyone who expects you to be perfect is giving you unrealistic expectations. Let’s find a way to enjoy being our imperfect selves while still being a good employee (spouse, parent, sibling, friend, etc.) too. Still, many people wonder if perfectionism is really a bad thing. Doesn’t it make me better to always try to be perfect? This is the false narrative that many perfectionists tell themselves but really think about the last time you tried unsuccessfully to be perfect. What happened when you were unable to achieve the desired result? For many perfectionists, the “high” of striving for a big result is followed by very low lows when they don’t succeed. For this reason, perfectionists are prone to be overly self-critical, have low self-esteem, and struggle with depression and anxiety. If you’re a perfectionist, let’s work on changing the stories you tell yourself about success and failure by redefining perfection and incorporating more self-compassion.

Anxiety

Many of the other issues surrounding workplace struggles are actually about anxiety. We’re struggling because we’re anxious we won’t fit in. We’re pretending to be something we’re not, or we think we need to be perfect. Anxiety can manifest in countless ways, and exposing the root of your anxious thinking, feeling, and acting can help you achieve real change and feel a little better every day.

How Holistic-Integrative Therapy Benefits Young Professionals

In my practice, I incorporate a holistic and integrative approach to therapy. What does that mean exactly? It means that I recognize that healing your thoughts and feelings without considering the health of your body and spirit means our work is only partially done. I want you to have the confidence to live your best life. That means approaching therapy with an aim to achieve total wellbeing in your mind, body, and spirit. As part of the process, I may use a number of evidence-based, research-proven therapy techniques. Additionally, we may also talk about diet and nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness techniques, like mediation, that feed your entire self. Everyone is different and your therapy sessions are tailored to your needs. We will work together to create balance by understanding how you experience the world and how you treat yourself mentally and physically. Then, we’ll establish plans to improve your fulfillment and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

About Working with Erica Basso, LMFT

If you’re struggling with anxiety, I’m glad you’ve found me. I'm Erica Basso, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I specialize in treating anxiety, imposter syndrome, and perfectionism in professional women in California. I believe we all have the natural capacity to grow and flourish in a positive direction if we are given the support we need.
With a combination of mindfulness and self-compassion based techniques, I will support you in regaining the confidence to step into the best version of yourself. You will no longer feel controlled by limiting beliefs and fear and will be able to form deeper, satisfying connections with loved ones. Together we can find the tools, clarity, and self-acceptance you need to more skillfully feel confident in your strength and ability to overcome stressful situations and life events.

Ready to Start a New Season of Self-Growth?

Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with me and start your journey to better mental health today!

Locations

14930 Ventura Blvd Suite 230Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

940 E. Union St. #102Pasadena, CA 91106