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    Bailey V. Levis, M.S., CCC-SLP

    I love stuttering.  I love to stutter.  I love talking about stuttering, I love teaching about stuttering, and I love to support people who stutter and their families.  I have known many people who stutter, and they are brave, and resilient. However, many people who stutter do not engage with life in they way would like to because of the fears and anxieties that they experience.  I experienced this well into my 20s.  I have since transformed my own fear and anxiety about speaking into something I love doing- being the best version of me that I can.  My desire to support you through this transition is apparent by my warmth, understanding, kindness, and dedication to you.  I want you to Communicate With Confidence!

    I am a Bay Area native who grew up in Berkeley, California. I developed a strong interest in stuttering in my early 20’s when I began to ask questions about why I stutter. I was fascinated (and frustrated) by the disorder and the impact it had on my life. I came to the field of Speech and Language Pathology by way of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and genetic research into the causes of stuttering. I became interested in working with people who stutter in 2007 and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders in 2011. I started West Coast Stuttering Center, the Bay Area’s first and only specialty practice for stuttering, in order to create a support hub for people who stutter in the Bay Area.  In addition to my private practice, I also value my role as an educator and have taught fluency courses to undergraduate and graduate students at San Francisco State University and California State University East Bay.

    Stuttering Therapy

    I believe in an integrated approach to working with clients who stutter. I recognize that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. I am skilled in differentiating normal disfluencies from stuttering in preschool children. I have a thorough understanding of the many complex factors that work together in the onset of stuttering. I understand the anxiety and challenges that parent’s experience when their child begins to show signs of stuttering. My personal experience in overcoming barriers to successful communication makes me a desirable clinician with a comprehensive knowledge of the complexities of stuttering. I believe in supporting clients and their families in every aspect of stuttering, including fears, anxieties, negative thoughts and emotions as well as teaching fluency strategies.

    Cluttering Therapy

    Cluttering is another type of fluency disorder that is often characterized by rapid speech, with occasional reduced intelligibility, that contains multiple stops and starts. People who clutter often are not aware of their own rapid speech or the impact that it has on others. I believe that important components of therapy for cluttering include building awareness of one’s speech patterns and the impact they have on listeners as well as teaching strategies to help organize thoughts.