Adults who stammer (19 years+) who live in either Camden or Islington can be referred to the Centre by their GP. Adults living elsewhere in the UK can be referred if their GP agrees in writing to fund the assessment and to fund any recommended therapy.
At the moment the MPC offers individual therapy only for adults who stammer. Anyone interested in group therapy should contact the Speech Therapy Department at the City Lit in Holborn.
What to expect at your assessment
Your assessment will last for approximately 90 minutes - 2 hours. You will be sent some questionnaires beforehand and you should fill those out at home and bring them with you.
The therapist you meet will be the therapist that you work with if you come to the Centre for therapy.
You will be guided through an interview which will give you the opportunity to talk about your stammer and the way that it impacts on various aspects of your life. You will also be asked to do some reading and talking to the camera so that your therapist can record a short sample of you talking and analyse this. This is helpful but not the most important part of the assessment and if as occasionally happens people do not feel comfortable at this stage to make a recording this is ok.
You and your therapist will talk about the key things that are important in understanding your stammer and also about possible therapy options.
You may have a sense of what you would like to do straight away, however it will be ok if you want to take some time to think it over.
Therapy for adults at the MPC is currently all done on a 1:1 basis. You will decide with your therapist what your goals are and will structure your therapy accordingly.
Therapy at the MPC
Therapy may include: speech management strategies, working in a more psychological style or a combination of the two.
Psychological approaches used at the Michael Palin Centre include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (link to BSA article)
- Brief Therapy
- Personal Construct Psychology.