From Trauma to Triumph – Healing Trauma in your body and mind
For those who experience stuttering, their therapists, and anyone wanting to use visual imagery for confidence, health and well being
What if you could speak with fluency and confidence both one to one and in larger groups? What if you could find your unique ‘voice’, give your words wings, or just talk as naturally as you breathe and walk?
While it is easy to believe that stuttering is simply a physical phenomenon, those who experience the anxiety of halting interrupted non-confident communication will tell you otherwise. To be uncertain whether you can say what you want to say, when you want to say it, how you want to say it, and know it will be received without mocking, uneasiness or creating personal shame and embarrassment is a bitter pill to ‘swallow’.
For that reason, social anxiety often accompanies stuttering, in fact a large number of people who stutter also carry significant markers for social anxiety disorder.
I have recorded the following guided imagery induction or meditation which invites the listener to create the mental picture of themselves as a confident speaker, and focuses on clearing negativity from the mind, body and emotions.
Of special relevance to those with impaired speech is a section that goes for two and a half minutes, focusing on the throat area and being able to speak up which could be of great benefit to those who experience stuttering and stammering to any degree.
If you are a therapist I’m giving you this as a potential tool to help ease your clients’ anxiety around speaking, so that your remedial and therapeutic work may be more effective.
Last but by no means least is the following video by UK therapist and hypnotherapist Marissa Peer. She also has other short and very informative videos on You Tube. I have used her basic program with great success and recommend her work, especially if you enjoy listening to hypnotic inductions as I do.
This one is on the subject of self esteem and the very common fear of “not being enough”, which surprisingly I believe is the root of many problems, besides stuttering.
Thank you. I hope you found at least one valuable idea in this post.