Having relocated my private praxis to Berlin, I quickly spotted a tendency: How often the people I work with reveal that they are struggling…
There are psychological concepts that become so in vogue that they embed themselves permanently in our language and culture. One such phenomenon is the impostor syndrome.
Amongst foreigners working as mental health care practitioners in Berlin, it’s common knowledge that even if they have trained to be a certain kind of psychotherapist in their home country, German legal intricacies mean they can’t just call themselves psychotherapists when promoting their therapeutic services. Instead, the go-to title for those who want to be on the safe side is “counsellor”. Why is this?
Working as a therapist can be just as complicated as it can be rewarding. For starters, when dealing with another human, many factors are impossible to predict and control. Add to the mix that many clients don’t know what exactly they’re looking for, and might not know how to even conceptualize the problem at hand. Therapy is hard work!