Speech Disorder Problems
Speech Disorder Counselling & Psychology in Wolverhampton
Stuttering (or stammering) is a common speech disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables.
There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak.
Interestingly, sufferers may not stutter or stammer at all when they cannot hear their own voice, for example when using headphones & listening to music on an i-pod and then speaking to somebody nearby.
This strongly suggests that the “self-evaluated feed-back” of hearing their own speech disorder plays a role in the event itself.
What Can Cause a Speech Disorder?
There are a number of factors that have been cited to contribute to the development of a speech disorder, although positively identifying any particular cause does not necessarily mean an easy solution:
- Genetics – approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does also
- Childhood development – children with other speech and language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter
- Neurophysiology – recent neurological research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language slightly differently than those who do not stutter
- Family dynamics – high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles may contribute to stuttering
- Environmental social factors – growing up with stressed and angry parents – parents shouting at their children
Speech Disorders may occur when a combination of factors come together and may have different causes in different people.
It is probable that what causes a speech disorder differs from what makes it continue or get worse.
Is A Speech Disorder Caused by Emotional or Psychological Problems?
Children and adults who develop a speech disorder are no more likely to have psychological or emotional problems than children and adults who do not.
Often a person suffering a speech disorder has placed themselves under so much “internal pressure” that the problem could almost be described as “Anticipatory Anxiety”, a process we examine and discuss at length in our Thrive Programme.
Speech disorders such as stammering are often the result of Social Anxiety Disorder and almost certainly exacerbated by a sense of being judged or feeling “on the spot”.
Therapy for the Treatment of Speech Disorder
We offer a range of Brief Directive Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Therapy to treat Speech Disorder here at our clinic in Wombourne, Wolverhampton.
In general, a Speech Disorder responds well to Directive Therapy – (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & the Thrive Programme) – as well as Psychodynamic Therapy – (Psychoanalysis) – so when it comes to deciding the best choice of therapy for your problem, your own personal history will play a central role in helping you to decide.
As a guide, if you have suffered from a Speech Disorder for a significant number of years and on reflection may have experienced the problems since your childhood, then you might be best advised to undertake a course of Psychoanalytic therapy.
Change Your Limiting Beliefs and Beat Your Speech Disorder
If you’re committed to overcoming your speech disorder then you really can’t do much better than by following a course of CLB with Paul.
Changing Limiting Beliefs is a psychological training programme that teaches you everything you need to know to make the necessary changes to your unhelpful thinking styles and any maladaptive safety behaviours you may have developed.
FREE Initial Consultations for Speech Disorders
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your speech disorder. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
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