Isolated thoughts about being a psychotherapist who is also a person who stutters
I tell some clients that I am a stutterer. As in life, I have never worked out exactly how and when to do so. The topic usually emerges during an early session. A few people shared they have stuttered themselves. There have been a couple of odd reactions, like the one person who laughed. Usually I get little reaction.
I ask my clients to open up about their inner most selves. For my part, when I talk I am self-disclosing to them.
And there have been a few nice moments, like the time I told a sight impaired client about being a pws, and he responded with, “Oh, so you’re my first therapist who is also disabled!” We talked for a few minutes about how this felt to him.
Another day a client was speaking with me intently, and got caught in a speech block. She smiled and said, “Oh, now you’ve gotten me doing it!” We both laughed.
More than once I marveled that I am now do work in which it is my job to sit and talk with people. For much of my life I could not have imagined doing work like this.
Monday, October 19, 2015
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