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Managing anxiety and self-doubt in young neophyte therapists

When therapists begin their careers, they often experience high levels of anxiety about their ability to grow into effective therapists. This anxiety often leads to self-doubt, which sometimes causes new therapists to leave the counseling field. While this anxiety is present in most new therapists of all ages, there are special considerations that add to the anxiety felt by those who begin their careers under the age of 30. This project consists of a short book, whose purpose is to normalize these feelings and provide some suggestions to the reader about how these feelings can be mitigated. It is the hope of the author that by normalizing the emotional process involved in becoming a young, new therapist, readers will come to recognize this phenomenon as part of a process rather than a sign that they should consider a different career.

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