I Have a Voice

How to Stop Stuttering

By: Bob G Bodenhamer


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Size: 152mm x 229mm

Pages : 208

ISBN : 9781845907273

Format: Paperback

Published: July 2011


Stuttering has been in the shadows of public awareness for years. Sure, no one dies from stuttering, and it is not pervasive: only one percent of people stutter. Yet it is a malady that has not received a great deal of attention until recently. The King’s Speech, a British historical drama, made stuttering part of the public conversation. Movie goers learned of the embarrassing pain that most ‘People Who Stutter’ (PWS) suffer.

The movie is about the young man who became the King of England just prior to the Second World War, revealing the painful experiences that stuttering created for him. The speech trainer in the movie, brings into focus this shocking fact: stuttering is not about speech! It is about the ‘thinking’ that is mostly unconscious and in ‘the back of the mind’ of the PWS.

In this volume, the author details a completely new approach to treating this debilitating condition. It both explains the structure of stuttering and blocking and provides cognitive tools for gaining more fluency. From identifying the origins of stuttering, through teaching how to think differently to working with stress, the author provides a unique approach to achieving more fluency.

Click here to view Bob G Bodenhamer’s related hardback title Mastering Blocking and Stuttering (ISBN 9781904424406).


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Bob G Bodenhamer

Dr. Bodenhamer's under-graduate degree (BA) is from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (1972). His major at Appalachian State University was Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Psychology. He received the Master of Divinity (1976) and the Doctor of Ministry Degree (1978) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. The Master of Divinity Degree included training in Pastoral Care with both classroom and clinical work. Dr. Bodenhamer received one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N. C. while working on his doctorate. His marriage to Linda now spans 43 years.

His NLP Practitioner's Certification comes from L.E.A.D.s Consultants in Reynoldsburg, OH, Dr. Gene Rooney, Trainer. Dr. Bodenhamer's NLP Master Certification and Master Time Line TherapyTMPractitioner Certification came from Tad James, Ph.D. of Advanced Neuro-Dynamics of Honolulu, HI. Additional training has been received from NLP conferences. Dr. Bodenhamer has approximately 1500 hours of formal NLP training. He taught NLP for 10 years in the Corporate/Community Education program at Gaston College. Dr. Bodenhamer received his certification as a Trainer of NLP from Tad James, Ph.D., Advance Neuro Dynamics, Honolulu, Hawaii and Wyatt Woodsmall, Ph.D. of Advanced Behavioral Modeling, Inc., Arlington, VA.

As an International Master NLP Trainer, he offers both certified training for Practitioners and Master Practitioners of NLP. He has a private NLP Therapy practice. Dr. Bodenhamer has served four Southern Baptist churches as pastor. He is presently serving as pastor of a mission church called Christ Fellowship Community Church. His time in the pastorate spans 44 years. All of his pastorates have been in North Carolina. Bob has had the privilege of being married to Linda for the past 45 years (10/17/1965).



He has co-authored 10 NLP books and is the sole author of I Have a Voice: How to Stop Stuttering.

The NLP in Healthcare Award was presented to Bob G Bodenhamer at the NLP award ceremony 2017.


Reviews

  1. By happy coincidence, I received Bob Bodenhamer's I Have a Voice while conducting NLP counseling sessions with a teenaged boy who stuttered. I recommended the book to his parents so they could better understand how and why NLP could help their son. The book is a new edition of the 2005 Mastering Blocking and Stuttering. 

    Stuttering has received public attention with the popularity of The King's Speech. Like the unconventional speech therapist in the movie, Bodenhamer has worked with hundreds of people who stutter (PWS), helping them achieve fluency. His successes and articles on the subject have attracted world-wide recognition. He is a leading expert and pioneer in treating stuttering, stammering, and verbal blocking. His book is for therapists as well as those seeking a self-help approach to the problem. 

    The premise is that stuttering is a learned behavior rooted in traumatic childhood events that prove detrimental to social relationships and self-esteem. The book draws upon Neuro-Semantics, NLP, and cognitive psychology in defining the components of stuttering and describing strategies for change.
    The three tasks for achieving fluency are:

    • Develop a healthy self-concept.

    • Ignore other's opinions.

    • Access personal resources for living successfully.



    I Have a Voice shows how to accomplish these outcomes in a therapeutic approach that incorporates NLP interventions for reframing meanings, releasing trauma, changing limiting beliefs, achieving calm, reaching personal empowerment, confronting cognitive distortions, shifting one's perceptions and focus, and developing behavioral flexibility. Bodenhamer estimates 25 to 30 hours of therapy and much at-home practice are required for success. 

    Bob Bodenhamer has produced a definitive, landmark text for treating stuttering. It should be in the hands of every speech therapist. As to my teenaged client, after a dozen sessions, his stuttering reduced in frequency and his speaking confidence improved. His parents said they had previously taken him to psychotherapists and speech therapists, but had not witnessed the improvement that he made with NLP. Thank you, Bob!

    Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, free-lance writer, and speaker, practicing in Springfield, Virginia. She is a certified NLP Trainer and Master Clinical Hypnotherapist. She is the author of The Weight Hypnotherapy and You Weight Reduction Program practitioner's manual.
  2. I`d encourage anyone who stutters to rush to buy this book because it works! Bob Bodenhamer's approach gets to the root of what drives people`s stuttering and offers a great collection of tools and ideas from NLP and elsewhere for finding fluency. It's simply the best answer to stuttering around today.
  3. By happy coincidence, I received Bob Bodenhamer's I Have a Voice while conducting NLP counseling sessions with a teenaged boy who stuttered. I recommended the book to his parents so they could better understand how and why NLP could help their son. The book is a new edition of the 2005 Mastering Blocking and Stuttering.

    Stuttering has received public attention with the popularity of The King's Speech. Like the unconventional speech therapist in the movie, Bodenhamer has worked with hundreds of people who stutter (PWS), helping them achieve fluency. His successes and articles on the subject have attracted world-wide recognition. He is a leading expert and pioneer in treating stuttering, stammering, and verbal blocking. His book is for therapists as well as those seeking a self-help approach to the problem.

    The premise is that stuttering is a learned behavior rooted in traumatic childhood events that prove detrimental to social relationships and self-esteem. The book draws upon Neuro-Semantics, NLP, and cognitive psychology in defining the components of stuttering and describing strategies for change.

    The three tasks for achieving fluency are:
    - Develop a healthy self-concept.
    - Ignore other's opinions.
    - Access personal resources for living successfully.

    I Have a Voice shows how to accomplish these outcomes in a therapeutic approach that incorporates NLP interventions for reframing meanings, releasing trauma, changing limiting beliefs, achieving calm, reaching personal empowerment, confronting cognitive distortions, shifting one's perceptions and focus, and developing behavioral flexibility. Bodenhamer estimates 25 to 30 hours of therapy and much at-home practice are required for success.

    Bob Bodenhamer has produced a definitive, landmark text for treating stuttering. It should be in the hands of every speech therapist. As to my teenaged client, after a dozen sessions, his stuttering reduced in frequency and his speaking confidence improved. His parents said they had previously taken him to psychotherapists and speech therapists, but had not witnessed the improvement that he made with NLP. Thank you, Bob!
  4. This book is an excellent resource for speech pathologists in working with the emotional aspects of stuttering. Bob uses clear language and gives great examples that make complex principles easy to understand.
  5. At long last, speech language therapists and those who stutter have tools to address the most overlooked component of stuttering-the habits of thought that drive the speech block. The neuro-semantic processes described in this book will help the PWS to build a framework for fluency that can lead to permanent change.

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