My Journey

EMDR as Therapy for Stuttering?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
 
 

If you have an interest in stuttering,
I would like to hear from you!

I am a person who stutters.  A few years ago when I would find myself stuck in a speech block, an overpowering fear seemed to come out of nowhere. Using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help reduce my fears seemed like a reasonable approach to improve my fluency.

Although my idea of finding a quick fix for a lifetime of stuttering with EMDR therapy did not work, I have gained a unique understanding of my speech.
My exploration of my stuttering back through time has led me to now view my stuttering as an expressive communications disorder that is not just limited to speech production. 
I saw my primary goal shift very early with this challenging process.  I began by just trying to improve my speech and quickly moved to the exploration my stuttering.
 
Although I am having great success with EMDR, I do not believe this powerful tool would often be successful if used as just a general speech therapy tool.  That said, I do believe EMDR holds great promise with helping us to better understand stuttering!
 


Dale Sander