I was 21 years old and on academic probation at University of California, Santa Barbara. I went to the school psychologist and after the third one hour session. I came out as a PWS. She referred me to school speech clinic. For the next 1 1/2 years two times week for one hour session (I was very lucky it was free). I disclosed negative self image, relationship and communication issues with peers and family and lack of goals due to anxiety and stress.
I am 61 years old and my
Hand sight says to me that the master level students were not trained to deal with my negative self image. However, I was ready to give up my stutter.
Today, I feel that a person who stutters seeks SLP’s due to his or her primary focus stuttering. However, there are other issues that a mental health professionals are trained in areas of: post traumatic stress, co occurring substance abuse, anxiety and depression that can assist a PWS. Mental health professionals can provide problem solving and therapy treatment intervention for dealing with concerns PWS may have.
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