A placement at City Lit during my final year of training sparked my initial interest in stammering and person centred therapy. I went on to work at City Lit as a part-time tutor facilitating Stage 1 Block Modification and follow up evening classes for adults who stammer, before setting up in independent practice.
I have maintained strong links with the speech and language therapy department at City Lit since this time. I teach on their ‘Effective Counselling Skills for Speech and Language Therapists’ course and continue to regularly co-present at national and international stammering conferences with the City Lit team.
In 2013 I co-edited ‘Stammering Therapy for the Inside: New Perspectives on Working with Young People and Adults’ with Carolyn Cheasman and Rachel Everard, which set out to enrich professional accounts of contemporary stammering therapy by including clients as co-authors of therapy knowledge.
Since 2015 I have collaborated with The Employers Stammering Network to co-develop and deliver their ‘Redefining Stammering at Work’ workshop programme as well as a pilot mentoring programme for people who stammer under the age of 25.
I regularly take part in British Stammering Association (BSA) Open Days and have presented at BSA conferences together with Katy Bailey, Rachel Everard, Iain Wilkie and Patrick Campbell.
I am currently co-editing ‘Stammering Pride and Prejudice’ with Patrick Campbell and Chris Constantino. Combining personal narrative, art and disability theory, the book documents how society has historically disabled people who stammer and the diverse ways in which people have created novel and exciting understandings of their speech.