Diverse Clinicians Series: The Confidence Project Journal with Kaity Rodriguez | POP 731

A photo of Kaity Rodriguez is captured. Kaity Rodriguez, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, confidence educator, and empowerment speaker with a passion for educating and inspiring women and minorities to live amazing lives. Kaity Rodriguez is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Do you practice self-compassion alongside being confident? Which habits can hinder self-compassion? What is The Confidence Project Journal and how can it help you uncover personal strength and stop self-doubt?

In the second episode of the Diverse Clinicians Series, Joe Sanok speaks with Kaity Rodriguez about her book The Confidence Project Journal and why self-compassion and journaling are so important.

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Meet Kaity Rodriguez

A photo of Kaity Rodriguez is captured. She is a psychotherapist, confidence educator, and empowerment speaker with a passion for educating and inspiring women and minorities to live amazing lives. Kaity is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Kaity Rodriguez, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, confidence educator, and empowerment speaker with a passion for educating and inspiring women and minorities to live amazing lives. Her group counseling practice, Serenity Wellness and Therapy Services, is located in Montclair, NJ, and specializes in treating individuals with anxiety and stress disorders, as well as self-esteem and self-confidence issues.
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In this Podcast:

  • Confidence versus self-compassion
  • Create your identity
  • 3 things that hinder self-compassion
  • The power of journaling

Confidence versus self-compassion

There is a difference between being confident and having self-compassion.

You can be very confident but have very low self-compassion. If your self-compassion is low, then you’re going to be beating yourself up for every flaw and imperfection that you have. (Kaity Rodriguez)

Even if you are one of the greatest at a sport or activity, if you do not practice self-compassion towards yourself, then that confidence can turn nasty very quickly as you judge yourself for not achieving a high standard.

For confidence to remain healthy, it must be paired with self-care and self-compassion.

Create your identity

I was careful not to create an identity around that one achievement because that achievement or accomplishment was temporary, or short-term. (Kaity Rodriguez)

As a high-achiever, be sure to separate your identity from your accomplishments. If you define yourself only by your successes and failures – and there will always be ups and downs – you will be unnecessarily harsh on yourself.

Know that who you are, and your intrinsic value, is not only dependent on your successes but who you are as a person, apart from the external glitter.

What I shifted my focus to, were the other things in my life that will be important to me, and that allow me to serve my community, other people, and to live a happy and adventurous life. (Kaity Rodriguez)

3 things that hinder self-compassion

1. Not knowing yourself

If you do not have a connection with your inner being or you do not know who you are, that can inhibit how confident you feel in your actions and how you practice self-care.

2. Not taking the time to get to know yourself

Make the time once a day or a few times a week to really connect with you. Listen to your thoughts and emotions, and build a healthy relationship with them.

3. Not being proactive

Don’t let it take a major life event that shakes you to take a step towards caring for your own needs. Try to practice self-care, compassion, and fulfillment before you are forced to.

The power of journaling

If there [are] two skills that I could have you walk away with when it comes to therapy, it would be mindfulness and self-compassion. (Kaity Rodriguez)

Journaling is a tool that helps you to practice mindfulness tangibly.

You can use the act of writing down what you think and feel as a way to practice becoming self-aware.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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