Stuttering Group Therapy

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WHAT?

A weekly therapy group focused on navigating the professional world as a person who stutters. One of the great challenges of stuttering is the feeling of "Nobody else I know has this problem." This can be especially challenging in the workplace, where stuttering can feel like a barrier to professional growth. Working through your communication struggles alongside others is an incredibly powerful change-maker.

Topics focus on:

Stuttering in difficult professional situations

Self-disclosure (advertising) of stuttering to supervisors and co-workers

Exploring negative thoughts and attitudes towards stuttering

         "I won't get this promotion because I stutter"

         "I can't stutter while talking to clients"

         "People will think I am not qualified"

Social communication skills

          Networking

          Presentations

          Interviews

HOW?

Groups follow the Avoidance Reduction model developed by Vivian Sisskin, while also incorporating aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Although group sessions are heavily directed by client goals and motivations, a session may include:

Structured activities to desensitize to your stuttering (IRL!). This includes exposure to feared situations, talking about stuttering to others, etc.

Motor practice to reduce struggle behaviors and facilitate forward moving speech

Discussion to explore thoughts and feelings associated with stuttering as a young professional

Creating and reporting on successes and challenges of weekly homework assignments

WHO?

4-6 young professionals with 1-2 clinical staff

WHEN?

Tuesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm

OR

Thursdays, 12pm-1pm

HOW MUCH?

$40/session

OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

While therapy takes place in a group setting, each participant develops individual goals and assignments that are unique to his or her needs. Because the supportive group dynamic and accountability are foundational to successful group therapy, regular attendance is required.

If you are currently in individual therapy, we do NOT require that you stop individual therapy to sign up for group. Similarly, if you are only interested in group therapy, you do NOT need to sign up for individual therapy. We believe very strongly in the effectiveness of group therapy at speech IRL.