"Should I really be doing this?!" Experiences of Imposter Phenomenon as an Emerging Music Therapist


  • Priya Shah


Imposter phenomenon (IP) is an internal experience often affecting high-achieving individuals who doubt their abilities, believe they are frauds, and find it challenging to attribute accomplishments to their own competencies. Situated within the author’s historical and socio-cultural context, this autoethnographic reflection explores themes in the IP literature including the role of early family history, the impact of the college-to-career transition, and the reality of working as a music therapist in a role-emerging setting. The critical theory of intersectionality and the idea of double consciousness are highlighted, and practical tools are provided to help emerging music therapists navigate and confront IP.

Author Biography

Priya Shah

Priya Shah, MMT, RP, MTA, is a music therapist and professional discipline lead at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario, providing individual and group-based music therapy to individuals receiving mental health and addictions treatment, and supervising graduate students. Priya received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018, and has additional training in Gestalt psychotherapy. As well as playing and writing music, she loves spending time in nature and getting lost in a good book.