Watch How Dr. Gurian explains his process!
Dr. Gurian is not a speech therapist. He's a former Cosmetic Dentist and Clinical Prof. in Oral Medicine and Oro-Facial Pain, plus a 20 year Board member of The Assoc. for Spirituality and Psychotherapy who works with people all over the world to teach the cognitive behavior therapy and related techniques he used to cure himself of a severe stutter.
He started stuttering at age 6 or 7 and when traditional speech therapy didn't help him, he was determined to help himself and find a cure.
He suffered with stuttering throughout his 20's and well beyond, and now you can see him online as well as in the video above, to hear how he speaks, as well as on his many performances on TV, on radio and on stage where he does interviews and performs comedy, and often addresses his battle with stuttering and how he finally overcame it.
Dr. Gurian advises potential patients to read about his techniques first on the web to see if it makes sense to them.
This is a cognitive behavior therapeutic technique, which means it's about thinking and learning how to change your thoughts, the thoughts that make you think you need to stutter and that there's something wrong with you, and it's critically important to him that each thing, and the reasoning behind it makes sense to you.
He suggests that if you seek treatment, you first send a detailed e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your age, where you are based, how long you've been stuttering, what type of work you do, and what if anything you have tried in terms of treatment, and how it worked out for you.
No one in health care can or should ever promise any particular results, and the same holds true for the treatment of stuttering. However on the link posted above and here again you can read some of the testimonials from people who have been helped.
It's not easy to stop Stuttering especially if you've been doing it a long time and have been convinced that there's something wrong with you, which unfortunately is the way most stutterers feel.
The process involves convincing your subconscious mind, which is what created the "need" for you to stutter in the first place, that you no longer have any "need" to continue stuttering, and that process takes a different amount of time for each person.
It took Dr. Gurian years of self-treatment until he was ready to release himself from what he calls "the bondage of stuttering." But he had no one to help him. He had to do it all on his own, which makes it much harder and why he considers it "Grace" that he was able to figure it out.
He describes himself as being "obsessed" with stopping stuttering and that there was no other outcome he would accept.
He worked tirelessly day and night to create exercises, thoughts, and affirmations that would free him from his stutter.
Only another stutterer knows the pain and the humiliation that stutterers endure on a daily basis.
If you are willing to work hard on a daily basis, which should be easy to commit to if you are really tired of stuttering, and if you truly believe that you can stop stuttering, which is also critically important, then you can expect to improve and achieve a level of fluency commensurate with your efforts.
He was amazed at how well he did on his very first session. He said he hadn't been this fluent in YEARS!
Most stutterers have a hard time saying their own names, and introducing themselves. My feeling is that because your name is your identity, if you're not happy with who you are, it's not easy to present yourself. Joe D. is a psychologist who worked with Dr. Gurian for about a year and a half and in this session announced that he can finally say his name easily, with no stress at all. A MAJOR breakthrough for him!
I received this amazing recording from a man I work with who stutters. He took the information I gave him and created a very powerful list of audio affirmations and you can hear how wonderful his voice sounds when he's speaking fluently.
Please fill in your e-mail contact for periodic postings with helpful information about the techniques he uses, the reasoning behind them, and the progress that people are making if they would like that to be known. He would also set up group workshops for people who live in the NYC area.