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November 24

Breaking the Chains of Imposter Syndrome: Empowering Latinx Communities

By Yanira Hernandez

Do you ever find yourself grappling with self-doubt, struggling to set boundaries at work, or feeling like you can’t internalize your own successes? Are you your own harshest critic, constantly fearing that you’ll be exposed as a fraud? If these thoughts and questions resonate with you, you’re not alone. Many individuals, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds, such as Latinx, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ communities, contend with these self-sabotaging thoughts, and this experience is commonly referred to as imposter syndrome.

Defining Imposter Syndrome

First introduced by psychologists Suzanne Imes, PhD, and Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, in the 1970s, imposter syndrome is described as a phenomenon that affects high achievers who struggle to acknowledge and accept their own accomplishments. It makes you feel like an imposter, insecure in the face of recognition or accolades, despite evidence that you are skilled, capable, and uniquely successful.

Recognizing The Signs

Common characteristics or signs of imposter syndrome include:

  • Self-doubt
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Constant comparison to others
  • Relentless pursuit of perfection
  • Fear of failure
  • Overpreparation for tasks
  • An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills
  • Attributing your success to external factors
  • Minimizing or dismissing positive feedback
  • Berating your own performance

Imposter Syndrome And Marginalized Communities

While the pressure to achieve and doubts about personal success are widespread, these experiences are more prevalent among BIPOC and marginalized communities. Individuals in these groups often face systemic oppression or are repeatedly told they are not good enough, leading them to internalize these negative narratives. For those with layered identities, such as being a first-generation Latinx individual, the burden of imposter syndrome can be particularly heavy. Research even shows that imposter syndrome can contribute to mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or traumatic stress, further complicating mental well-being in communities of color.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

So, how can we combat and overcome imposter syndrome?

  1. Break the Silence: Talk to someone you trust. Your feelings are valid, and you are not alone in this struggle.
  2. Identify Negative Core Beliefs: Reflect on the negative core beliefs causing imposter syndrome. Are these your own thoughts or someone else’s? What do you truly value about yourself?
  3. Build a Support Network: Seek support from trusted friends, mentors, coaches, or therapists who can help you navigate these feelings.
  4. Change Your Perspective: Focus on effort rather than fixed traits when assessing your accomplishments.
  5. Practice Self-Affirmations: Create a list of positive self-affirmations to challenge and conquer intrusive thoughts. Consistent repetition and intention can transform your mindset.
  6. Celebrate Success: Don’t downplay your achievements; instead, acknowledge and celebrate them. You’ve earned the recognition.
  7. Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself, recognizing that you are doing your best.

Embrace Your Worth

Remember, you are not alone, and others share your struggles. Embrace self-love and self-compassion as you reclaim your self-worth, unapologetically. You are more than enough!


If you find yourself identifying with these struggles and wish to explore strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome, consider reaching out to Pa’lante Therapy Inc. Dr. Yanira Hernandez is here to support you on your journey towards self-acceptance and success.

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Don’t play with me in these professional streets! Code-switching is something that I learned very early in academia and professional spaces for survivalhood as a First Gen Latina from South Central, LA. As I continue to uncover the generational gifts from my family, community, and my ancestors, I’m continuously learning to show up authentically and bravely in all spaces. 

Mi gente, while many of us have mastered code-switching for survival, gentle reminder to not compromise your values and identity. It’s okay to shift and realign. Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated. 🧡

Don’t play with us! (Insert K Dot’s “Not Like Us”**) 

Pa’delante, comunidad! 
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Don’t play with me in these professional streets! Code-switching is something that I learned very early in academia and professional spaces for survivalhood as a First Gen Latina from South Central, LA. As I continue to uncover the generational gifts from my family, community, and my ancestors, I’m continuously learning to show up authentically and bravely in all spaces.

Mi gente, while many of us have mastered code-switching for survival, gentle reminder to not compromise your values and identity. It’s okay to shift and realign. Go where you’re celebrated, not tolerated. 🧡

Don’t play with us! (Insert K Dot’s “Not Like Us”**)

Pa’delante, comunidad!
-Dra.Hernandez @palantetherapy

#hood #southcentral #community #codeswitching #professional #firstgen #firstgeneration #firstgenprofessional #firstgenlatina #latinatherapist #educatedlatina #doctora #latine #latinx #latinas #palante #palantetherapy #réel #reels #reelsinstagram
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This is your reminder mi gente that your worth is not defined by what’s on paper. 💛

We see our parents pain, exhaustion, frustration, hopelessness, restlessness, worries, and exploitation. We want their sacrifices to be ‘worth it.” So que hacemos? We emotionally blackmail ourselves to push our limits to the point we are statistically anomaly successful because somehow that signifies that “we made it.” ❤️‍🩹

Consequently, this leads to not knowing how to give ourselves grace or permission to rest, it leads to perfectionism, unable to celebrate small wins or wins at all because we want to jump to the next ‘big thing.’ 

As children of immigrants, may we uncover our worth outside of ‘what’s on paper.’ We are continuously learning, unlearning, and relearning. ✨

Un abrazo bien fuerte a toda mi gente who feels seen by this post. This was for you, for me, for us. Somos First Gen’s. Somos hijxs de inmigrantes. 🧡

Con muchas porras,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 
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#firstgenprofessional #firstgen #firstgenerationcollegestudent #firstgenlatina #firstgeneration #daughterofimmigrants #healing #generationalhealing #generationaltrauma #socialwork #therapy #saludmental #terapia #latinxtherapy #latinxtherapist #latinatherapist #latina #latinx #latine #latinos #bipoc #highereducation #highered #palante #palantetherapy #explore #reels #reelsinstagram

This is your reminder mi gente that your worth is not defined by what’s on paper. 💛

We see our parents pain, exhaustion, frustration, hopelessness, restlessness, worries, and exploitation. We want their sacrifices to be ‘worth it.” So que hacemos? We emotionally blackmail ourselves to push our limits to the point we are statistically anomaly successful because somehow that signifies that “we made it.” ❤️‍🩹

Consequently, this leads to not knowing how to give ourselves grace or permission to rest, it leads to perfectionism, unable to celebrate small wins or wins at all because we want to jump to the next ‘big thing.’

As children of immigrants, may we uncover our worth outside of ‘what’s on paper.’ We are continuously learning, unlearning, and relearning. ✨

Un abrazo bien fuerte a toda mi gente who feels seen by this post. This was for you, for me, for us. Somos First Gen’s. Somos hijxs de inmigrantes. 🧡

Con muchas porras,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy
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#UnderstoodPartner Mi gente, did you know that Latine parents may have more barriers when it comes to recognizing ADHD symptoms in their children? 

To increase access to resources and awareness on the barriers Latine parents face when it comes to supporting their children’s mental health, specifically ADHD diagnosis and treatment, I’m collaborating with @understoodorg , a non profit organization the centers their work with supporting families better understand their child’s learning and thinking differences. More importantly, mi gente, these resources are also available in Spanish! 

To access free resources in English and Spanish including articles, podcasts, and community groups, visit understood.org or click the link in bio. 

#BeUnderstood #adhd #Latinementalhealth #UnderstoodPartner

#UnderstoodPartner Mi gente, did you know that Latine parents may have more barriers when it comes to recognizing ADHD symptoms in their children?

To increase access to resources and awareness on the barriers Latine parents face when it comes to supporting their children’s mental health, specifically ADHD diagnosis and treatment, I’m collaborating with @understoodorg , a non profit organization the centers their work with supporting families better understand their child’s learning and thinking differences. More importantly, mi gente, these resources are also available in Spanish!

To access free resources in English and Spanish including articles, podcasts, and community groups, visit understood.org or click the link in bio.

#BeUnderstood #adhd #Latinementalhealth #UnderstoodPartner
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Dear First Gen’s/children of immigrants, choosing yourself does not mean we don’t appreciate or acknowledge our parents’ sacrifices.

Whether it’s the type of career choice you make, who you choose to love, where you choose to live, when you decide to do what you want to do… remember that honoring yourself does not make you an ungrateful child. Many of our parents immigrated to new homelands in order for us to uncover our own gifts and live life authentically. ❤️

Anytime juxtaposing feelings come up for me about “feeling ungrateful if I don’t follow my parents’ hopes and dreams for me,” I gently reframe my thoughts and remind myself that I deserve to live my life authentically while holding space and so much love for my amá y apá ❤️

As children of immigrants, we are consistently learning, unlearning, and relearning and that’s okay. 🥰💕

Con mucho cariño, 
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 🫶🏽

⛔️ See disclaimer in highlights regarding social media posts. 

#firstgen #firstgeneration #childrenofimmigrants #healing #healingjourney #mentalhealth #latina #latinos #latinx #latine #firstgenlatina #latinatherapist #therapy #therapist #therapistsofinstagram #lcsw #msw #saludmental #terapia #terapeuta #terapiaonline #palante #palantetherapy #socialwork #socialworker

Dear First Gen’s/children of immigrants, choosing yourself does not mean we don’t appreciate or acknowledge our parents’ sacrifices.

Whether it’s the type of career choice you make, who you choose to love, where you choose to live, when you decide to do what you want to do… remember that honoring yourself does not make you an ungrateful child. Many of our parents immigrated to new homelands in order for us to uncover our own gifts and live life authentically. ❤️

Anytime juxtaposing feelings come up for me about “feeling ungrateful if I don’t follow my parents’ hopes and dreams for me,” I gently reframe my thoughts and remind myself that I deserve to live my life authentically while holding space and so much love for my amá y apá ❤️

As children of immigrants, we are consistently learning, unlearning, and relearning and that’s okay. 🥰💕

Con mucho cariño,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 🫶🏽

⛔️ See disclaimer in highlights regarding social media posts.

#firstgen #firstgeneration #childrenofimmigrants #healing #healingjourney #mentalhealth #latina #latinos #latinx #latine #firstgenlatina #latinatherapist #therapy #therapist #therapistsofinstagram #lcsw #msw #saludmental #terapia #terapeuta #terapiaonline #palante #palantetherapy #socialwork #socialworker
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One week left of school! Fellow educators, school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors… how are y’all holding up? 😬

Typically towards the end of the school year it is when we see an increase of crises, behavior difficulties, students dysregulated especially seniors as they’re transitioning to adulthood, while we’re wrapping up reports, documentation, and everything in between. 🥲

Enjoy Summer! ☀️

#therapist #therapisthumor #therapy #therapymemes #mentalhealth #latinatherapist #firstgenlatina #firstgen #socialwork #lcsw #msw #psychology #counseling #latina #latine #latinx #latinos #reels #reelsinstagram #reelsvideo #explore #palante #palantetherapy #schoolsocialworker #educator #schoolcounselor #schoolpsychologist #schoolsocialwork #schoolmentalhealth

One week left of school! Fellow educators, school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors… how are y’all holding up? 😬

Typically towards the end of the school year it is when we see an increase of crises, behavior difficulties, students dysregulated especially seniors as they’re transitioning to adulthood, while we’re wrapping up reports, documentation, and everything in between. 🥲

Enjoy Summer! ☀️

#therapist #therapisthumor #therapy #therapymemes #mentalhealth #latinatherapist #firstgenlatina #firstgen #socialwork #lcsw #msw #psychology #counseling #latina #latine #latinx #latinos #reels #reelsinstagram #reelsvideo #explore #palante #palantetherapy #schoolsocialworker #educator #schoolcounselor #schoolpsychologist #schoolsocialwork #schoolmentalhealth
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Mental Health Awareness Month is almost over but we are continuously en la lucha to destigmatize mental health/illness in the Latine community. 💚

Facts about mental health is the Latine community 
▪️60 million Latine living in the U.S. 
▪️Nearly 22%  have a mental illness 
▪️Only 10% contact a health professional about their mental health 🤯 

Barriers to accessing mental health support and services include:
▪️stigma (silence & shame) 
▪️language 
▪️representation of Latine health providers 
▪️legal status
▪️lack of health insurance 
▪️misdiagnosis 

There are multiple avenues for healing. One way is therapy. One of my favorite resource that I share often with friends, family, and community is the @latinxtherapy directory. Here you can find therapists who the majority are bilingual and can connect with you culturally. You can filter your search based on location, speciality, LGBTQIA+ identity, migration status, insurance type, etc. I actually found my mom’s therapist on the directory! 💕 And I’m also part of the directory and currently accepting clients.😊

(Resources for this post: Mental Health America, Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Latinx Therapy) 

Save this post and share with the community 💚

Con amor,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 

#latinxmentalhealth #latinxtherapy #latinxtherapist #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #breakingthestigma #saludmental #saludemocional #terapia #therapy #socialwork #lcsw #edd #msw #lmft #mft #lpcc #psychology #latina #latinx #latinos #latine #palante #palantetherapy

Mental Health Awareness Month is almost over but we are continuously en la lucha to destigmatize mental health/illness in the Latine community. 💚

Facts about mental health is the Latine community
▪️60 million Latine living in the U.S.
▪️Nearly 22% have a mental illness
▪️Only 10% contact a health professional about their mental health 🤯

Barriers to accessing mental health support and services include:
▪️stigma (silence & shame)
▪️language
▪️representation of Latine health providers
▪️legal status
▪️lack of health insurance
▪️misdiagnosis

There are multiple avenues for healing. One way is therapy. One of my favorite resource that I share often with friends, family, and community is the @latinxtherapy directory. Here you can find therapists who the majority are bilingual and can connect with you culturally. You can filter your search based on location, speciality, LGBTQIA+ identity, migration status, insurance type, etc. I actually found my mom’s therapist on the directory! 💕 And I’m also part of the directory and currently accepting clients.😊

(Resources for this post: Mental Health America, Anxiety & Depression Association of America, Latinx Therapy)

Save this post and share with the community 💚

Con amor,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy

#latinxmentalhealth #latinxtherapy #latinxtherapist #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #breakingthestigma #saludmental #saludemocional #terapia #therapy #socialwork #lcsw #edd #msw #lmft #mft #lpcc #psychology #latina #latinx #latinos #latine #palante #palantetherapy
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Querida mamás inmigrantes… 📝

For those celebrating Mother’s Day today, feliz día de las mamis. I  penned this letter to all the mamis especially nuestras madres inmigrantes 💕

Sending un abrazo fuerte to those grieving a mother, to those unable to see their mother, to those who don’t have a relationship with their mother, to those who have an emotionally absent mother, to those who are navigating difficulties in motherhood, to new mothers, to those having to step into roles of motherhood, and to all mothers who are simply trying to figure it out as they go. 

Les mando mucha luz en este día ✨🤍💐
-Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy

#mothersday #felizdiadelamadre #amordemadre #amor #generationalhealing #generationaltrauma #immigrants #immigrantmoms #madresinmigrantes #firstgeneration  #latinatherapist #firstgenerationlatina #firstgenlatina #mamas #palante #palantetherapy #innerchild

Querida mamás inmigrantes… 📝

For those celebrating Mother’s Day today, feliz día de las mamis. I penned this letter to all the mamis especially nuestras madres inmigrantes 💕

Sending un abrazo fuerte to those grieving a mother, to those unable to see their mother, to those who don’t have a relationship with their mother, to those who have an emotionally absent mother, to those who are navigating difficulties in motherhood, to new mothers, to those having to step into roles of motherhood, and to all mothers who are simply trying to figure it out as they go.

Les mando mucha luz en este día ✨🤍💐
-Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy

#mothersday #felizdiadelamadre #amordemadre #amor #generationalhealing #generationaltrauma #immigrants #immigrantmoms #madresinmigrantes #firstgeneration #latinatherapist #firstgenerationlatina #firstgenlatina #mamas #palante #palantetherapy #innerchild
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Mi gente, this week I had the honor of speaking at the Women of Color Empowerment Group event at San Diego State University. 🩷 @sdsuhsi 

I had the opportunity to engage in a plática with the amazing @drhortenciajimenez about intergenerational healing through intersections of mental health, body image, and diet culture. I unapologetically invited all my identities into this sacred space because for so long, these identities carried shame. I am a proud First Generation Latina who is the eldest daughter of undocumented immigrants, who calls South Central LA home. As we discussed the intersects of cultura with intergenerational trauma and diet culture, my inner niña felt seen as I was often teased and bullied by my tíos former being a child in a bigger body and questioned how I was going to look in my quinceañera dress if I didn’t lose weight. 

We discussed the emotional, mental, social, and biological impact of intergenerational trauma on BIPOC communities. We called out oppressive systems that perpetuate Eurocentric ideology. We called in our ancestral wisdom and gifts that invite us to lean into intergenerational healing. We leaned into our comunidad as strength y honestamente, Que chingon me sentí being surrounded by resilient powerful women. 

And shoutout to my hubby for cheering me on. He sees a lot of the work I do behind the scenes but this time he had front row seats. 💕

I dedicate this keynote to my papí, my viejito who cleans the offices of a CEO in a produce company and even though he has an honest hardworking job, su hija también es una CEO y un día lo vamos a retirar 🥹.

May we unapologetically take up space anywhere we go, lean into intergenerational healing, and honor our ancestral gifts. Cargamos cultura, resiliencia, y fortaleza en la frente. 🌵

Siempre pa’delante! Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 

#firstgen #firstgenerationstudents #firstgenlatina #keynote #keynotespeaker #doctora #sdsu #usc #uscgrad #ucla #uclagrad #lcsw #mentalhealth #socialwork #latino #latinxmentalhealth #latinx #latina #latine #highered #latinatherapist #therapist #terapia #terapeuta #palante #palantetherapy #reels #reelsinstagram #explore #southcentral

Mi gente, this week I had the honor of speaking at the Women of Color Empowerment Group event at San Diego State University. 🩷 @sdsuhsi

I had the opportunity to engage in a plática with the amazing @drhortenciajimenez about intergenerational healing through intersections of mental health, body image, and diet culture. I unapologetically invited all my identities into this sacred space because for so long, these identities carried shame. I am a proud First Generation Latina who is the eldest daughter of undocumented immigrants, who calls South Central LA home. As we discussed the intersects of cultura with intergenerational trauma and diet culture, my inner niña felt seen as I was often teased and bullied by my tíos former being a child in a bigger body and questioned how I was going to look in my quinceañera dress if I didn’t lose weight.

We discussed the emotional, mental, social, and biological impact of intergenerational trauma on BIPOC communities. We called out oppressive systems that perpetuate Eurocentric ideology. We called in our ancestral wisdom and gifts that invite us to lean into intergenerational healing. We leaned into our comunidad as strength y honestamente, Que chingon me sentí being surrounded by resilient powerful women.

And shoutout to my hubby for cheering me on. He sees a lot of the work I do behind the scenes but this time he had front row seats. 💕

I dedicate this keynote to my papí, my viejito who cleans the offices of a CEO in a produce company and even though he has an honest hardworking job, su hija también es una CEO y un día lo vamos a retirar 🥹.

May we unapologetically take up space anywhere we go, lean into intergenerational healing, and honor our ancestral gifts. Cargamos cultura, resiliencia, y fortaleza en la frente. 🌵

Siempre pa’delante! Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy

#firstgen #firstgenerationstudents #firstgenlatina #keynote #keynotespeaker #doctora #sdsu #usc #uscgrad #ucla #uclagrad #lcsw #mentalhealth #socialwork #latino #latinxmentalhealth #latinx #latina #latine #highered #latinatherapist #therapist #terapia #terapeuta #palante #palantetherapy #reels #reelsinstagram #explore #southcentral
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As a First Gen Latina professional, who lived most of her young adult years with her parents, I feared the licuadora going off or the sound of the paletero during my meetings. I recall feeling so anxious before my virtual meetings because I didn’t want to look “unprofessional.” I had to consistently tell my mom, “Ama, no vaya a moler nada en la próxima hora.” And then she would hit me the “ay sorry mija se me olvido.” 🫠 Anybody else relate? 😩

The cultural negotiations we have to do as First Gens often include navigating working from home in a multi-generational home. Sometimes it’s not as easy as just telling our parents or family members to ‘keep it down’ for the next hour. It may require more than this simple explanation. Often, our parents or family members who have never navigated educational or professional spaces have a hard time understanding why we need a quiet space for a given time or the nuances of meeting virtually. Perhaps a level of understanding might have increase as a result of COVID, but still not quite. 

If you’re a student or ‘professional’ working from home en una esquinita de tu casa and residing with your parents or family, please compassionately remind yourself that you’re doing the best that you can with the resources you have. Maybe you decide to plan for alternative ways to show up virtually but maybe it’s out of your capacity or control. If this is the case, take a long deep breath, remind yourself that you are capable regardless of your current home/environmental circumstance. 💚

Abrazos fuertes,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy ✨

#firstgen #firstgeneration #childrenofimmigrants #firstgenlatina #latinatherapist #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #latinos #latinas #latinx #latine #consejos #therapist #therapistsofinstagram #terapia #saludmental #bicultural #lcsw #socialwork #palante #palantetherapy #explore #reels #reelsinstagram #reelsvideo #usc #uscgrad #ucla #uclagrad

As a First Gen Latina professional, who lived most of her young adult years with her parents, I feared the licuadora going off or the sound of the paletero during my meetings. I recall feeling so anxious before my virtual meetings because I didn’t want to look “unprofessional.” I had to consistently tell my mom, “Ama, no vaya a moler nada en la próxima hora.” And then she would hit me the “ay sorry mija se me olvido.” 🫠 Anybody else relate? 😩

The cultural negotiations we have to do as First Gens often include navigating working from home in a multi-generational home. Sometimes it’s not as easy as just telling our parents or family members to ‘keep it down’ for the next hour. It may require more than this simple explanation. Often, our parents or family members who have never navigated educational or professional spaces have a hard time understanding why we need a quiet space for a given time or the nuances of meeting virtually. Perhaps a level of understanding might have increase as a result of COVID, but still not quite.

If you’re a student or ‘professional’ working from home en una esquinita de tu casa and residing with your parents or family, please compassionately remind yourself that you’re doing the best that you can with the resources you have. Maybe you decide to plan for alternative ways to show up virtually but maybe it’s out of your capacity or control. If this is the case, take a long deep breath, remind yourself that you are capable regardless of your current home/environmental circumstance. 💚

Abrazos fuertes,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy ✨

#firstgen #firstgeneration #childrenofimmigrants #firstgenlatina #latinatherapist #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #latinos #latinas #latinx #latine #consejos #therapist #therapistsofinstagram #terapia #saludmental #bicultural #lcsw #socialwork #palante #palantetherapy #explore #reels #reelsinstagram #reelsvideo #usc #uscgrad #ucla #uclagrad
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