Stuttering Group Therapy
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
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
4-6 young professionals with 1-2 clinical staff
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.