Rich Whincup

Rich Whincup England

I have had my stammer for as long as I can remember. My Mum says I used to stammer in my car seat… I have had my stammer for as long as I can remember. My Mum says I used to stammer in my car seat… I first heard of the programme when an Aunty of […]

Michael Joyes

Michael Joyes Bath, UK

I attended my first course when I was 20 after stuttering for many years. My stutter would hold me back in social situations, at University and stop me from expressing my personality. I had always planned to attend a course at some point after hearing about the McGuire Programme, but in the summer of 2012 […]

Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson London

I joined the course the summer before University in 2009. I remember throughout school I always tried and failed to hide my stammer with substitutions and filler words to make myself ‘more fluent.’ I think my brain had trained itself to oppress all negative speaking memories, therefore I’m struggling to find any worthy examples. The […]

Michael Hay

Michael Hay London (originally Glasgow)

It’s hard to put into words what I have gained from the McGuire Programme. You could say that I can now say what I WANT to say instead of what I think I CAN say. You could say that I now answer the phone rather than pretending that I can’t hear it. You could say […]

Maria McGrath

My name is Maria McGrath. My earliest memory of stuttering was at school when I was approximately 5 years old. My earliest memory of stuttering was when I was about age 6, standing in front of the class struggling to say something and all the grown-up kids were laughing at me.  My stutter held me back […]

Burak Demirci

I couldn’t say my words, but could only say words that never belonged to me I have had a stutter for as long as I remember. As a child, I always felt that I was different from the other kids and I thought that my stutter was going to dictate my life. Once in kindergarten, […]

Freddie van der Westhuizen

Freddie van der Westhuizen Stellenbosch, South Africa

I have been stuttering for most of my speaking life. It only became a real problem in high school as I was very self-conscious about my speech. I was an overt stutterer trying very hard to hide my “broken” speech because I hated that side of myself. My thoughts were… “Who will ever like someone […]

Alfredo González 

Fear. Permanent, unstoppable fear of any speaking situation. Having the nasty voice inside my head saying “you will stammer”, “you embarrass yourself”, “how stupid do you look”, “see everyone noticing and laughing because of your stutter”.. And so many other negative self-destroying thoughts. My stammer began when I was little, my native language is Spanish […]

Jason D’Souza

Jason D'Souza Singapore

OH, MY WORD(S) !!!!! Words, those dreadful words. Why won’t they just come out? Why all the chaos? Why all the drama? No one else seems to have a problem, why only me?  Eyes blinking, face twitching, feet tapping, hands slapping, oh why won’t you just come out? Let me be normal, let me fit in, […]

Dennis Tieke

Dennis Tieke The Netherlands

(Translated with Google Translate) I joined the McGuire Programme after a few phone calls with a coach who was already on the program. What struck me was their drive and sobriety. I was also very taken with the idea that the program was set up by stutterers (people who stutter themselves) and therefore floats on […]