Are you feeling held back by your stammer?
You are a talented person, with a lot to offer. You want to be able to say and do what you want, but you feel like your stammer holds you back.
Most people are unaware of just how strongly your stammer affects you.
This may be in very specific scenarios, such as meetings where you dread having to introduce yourself. Or it may affect various areas of your life, from everyday situations like not choosing the item you want from a menu, to issues like not progressing further in your career, despite having all the necessary skills and experience.
Trying to find a solution
This could be the first time you’ve considered getting support. You’ve worked really hard to find ways to avoid stammering (also known as stuttering). You may have become successful at keeping your stammer hidden. But this avoidance takes a lot of effort and can feel like it’s imprisoning you.
Or maybe you’ve sought some help before, in the hope of finding a solution:
- perhaps you tried your local NHS service but didn’t see a stammering specialist or were only able to have a limited number of sessions, if any
- you may have attended group therapy but found there weren’t enough opportunities to receive one-to-one guidance
- or you might have tried things like hypnotherapy, self-help DVDs or internet “cures” but they turned out to be little or no help.
Whatever you’ve tried, it’s likely you’ve felt disappointed. And despite your best efforts, you still feel held back by your stammer.
Drawbacks of “going it alone” or a “one size fits all” approach
Trying to manage without support can be incredibly hard, especially when you have a new challenge to face, such as a change at work, which suddenly requires you to move out of your comfort zone. Strategies that seemed to work for you before can start to fail and you’re left feeling unsure of what to do next.
Many approaches to stammering seem to be founded on the principle of “this worked for me, so it will work for you”. The trouble with this is that there isn’t currently a single approach that’s been found to work for everyone. You and your stammer are unique. So therapy needs to reflect this, in order to find the best way forward.
Specialist speech therapy tailored to your individual needs
Instead of struggling to cope alone or feeling constricted by an “off-the-shelf” treatment, imagine having speech therapy that’s tailor-made to suit you. A specialist speech therapist can work in partnership with you to support you to find ways to manage your stammer that are more effective and sustainable, so that you feel increasingly free to say and do what’s important to you.
I’m Sarah Leach, the founder of Communication Liberation. I am a London-based highly specialist speech therapist, dedicated to supporting adults who stammer/stutter to express themselves more freely. This work is particularly important to me because stammering runs in my family.
The first step
Request a free 40-45 minute initial consultation by using the contact form below. This is an opportunity for you to discuss how you’d like to move forward and to ask any questions you may have. We can then decide if working together would be the best support for you.
After a consultation, if you decided to go ahead with speech therapy, you would sign up for an initial 6 sessions, with daily life practices and recommendations to follow between sessions, exploring the psychological, emotional, behavioural and physical aspects of your stammer. This Moving Forward speech therapy package aims to support you to start:
- gaining a better understanding of both the noticeable and the more hidden aspects of your stammer
- exploring what supports your natural fluency
- learning strategies for facing speaking situations with more ease
- becoming more confident in yourself and your communication
- experiencing more freedom to say and do what you want.
Your Moving Forward speech therapy package will include:
- 6 one-to-one speech therapy sessions of 1 hour, tailored to your particular needs, usually taken weekly over a period of 2 months
- a structured programme of daily life practices and recommendations (including online worksheets, handouts, videos, awareness exercises etc), to maximise the benefits of the one-to-one sessions and help you to take what you learn out into your everyday life
- access to email support in between sessions to answer any queries you may have about the daily life practice
- information about other contacts and resources to link you up with organisations and people providing further support.
After your Moving Forward speech therapy package, depending on your individual needs, you have the option to progress further with Moving Forward 2 and Continuing Forward packages.
Staple Inn is a beautiful Tudor building in High Holborn, in the The City of London, just outside Chancery Lane underground station (on the Central line). Staple Inn is easily accessible from across London. Alternatively, you can have online speech therapy appointments via Skype.
Face-to-face speech therapy appointments are on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11.30am and 9pm (BST). Skype speech therapy appointments are on Tuesdays between 11.30am and 5pm (BST).
The initial 40-45 minute consultation is free, so we can decide together if we are suited to working together.
Moving Forward speech therapy packages are £525.
Continuing Forward speech therapy packages are from £255.
By starting Moving Forward speech therapy, you’re making a significant investment in yourself. I am committed to this being beneficial to you. If at any point you decide it’s not right for you, you can receive a refund for the remainder of the package.
Free initial consultation
To request an initial consultation you can:
- fill in the contact form below
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.