Are you, or your child unable to speak in some situations?
Some people have an anxiety disorder called Selective Mutism.
This means that in some situations they talk freely (often at home) and in others they do not talk at all, or only a little (often at school).
Together we can free your speech
I have been trained by the UK’s experts in Selective Mutism, Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens, and can help diagnose and treat this socially crippling condition. I work with both adults and children and have had great success supporting parents via Skype sessions.
I am proud to be a Trustee of SMiRA, the UK Selective Mutism Charity.
Check out their brilliant Facebook support group as well.
How to get Help for Selective Mutism
I designed this infographic with the SMIRA committee. It illustrates the main ways to get help for SM in the UK. Feel free to have a browse. You can download them in colour or black and white from the SMIRA website here.
What is Selective Mutism Therapy like?
See page 2 of the infographic above.
Much of the therapy for children is done by supporting their adults, rather than therapy sessions with the child.
Appointments are available online via Zoom
Your first appointment will last an hour.
At this appointment I will take a detailed case history. This will include medical history and lifestyle and speaking situations
Therapy for Selective Mutism is often done by parents in conjunction with school.
My role is to educate, guide and support you and school. I have a training package for schools.
Sessions for teens and adults involve problem solving to work out how to make the changes needed.
Sometimes therapy can be quite challenging for people as they think and learn about themselves in ways they have not done before. I will support you through this process.
Selective Mutism Training
I can offer an Introduction to Selective Mutism – for primary schools. Live, via Zoom.
You may have discovered that there a very few therapists working with teens and adults with SM.
I have developed this specialist training Working with Teens and Adults with Selective Mutism – for professionals already working with younger children with SM, as well as people with SM and their families.
As of November 2022, 20 therapists have now completed this training.
Click the link below for a list of these therapists, they are a mix of NHS, independent and are from a range of countries.
Currently I have an online, live training session on Thursday 29th December 2022, 10-12 GMT, timed to catch families when they are not working.
Therapists and families are all welcome.
Click below to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.
Please contact me for more details.