Feelings of Incompetence in Novice Therapists: Consequences, Coping, and Correctives
AbstractFeelings of self-doubt and insecurity about one’s effectiveness are frequently reported by mental health professionals, regardless of their experience level. In novice therapists, feelings of incompetence (FOI) are a central feature in the development of their professional identity. A first-person perspective of FOI will provide insight into its impact and its potential resolution. Ten novice therapists discussed their FOI during a 45–90 minute semi-structured interview. The authors analyzed the transcripts using procedures inspired by grounded theory methodology and distilled a conceptual scheme outlining consequences, coping mechanisms, and self-care training needs. Implications for counsellor education and supervision are discussed briefly.
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Thériault, A., Gazzola, N., & Richardson, B. (2009). Feelings of Incompetence in Novice Therapists: Consequences, Coping, and Correctives. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 43(2). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/58957