Derek Mitchell is the leader of the Atlanta NSA Chapter, an accomplished public speaker, and an aspiring author. He recently joined AIS therapist, Carl Herder, for an interview. In these three videos, they discuss Derek's journey over the last several years, including facing fears of speaking and being judged while in graduate school, making the courageous leap into Toastmasters, his "Year of Fear," taking a year off of work to write a book, and a longer-than-anticipated job search.
Part One - "Breaking the Fear of Being Me"
Part Two - "I felt led to write a book"
Part Two - "I've learned not to take anything personally"
The American Institute for Stuttering is a leading non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide universally affordable, state-of-the-art speech therapy to people of all ages who stutter, guidance to their families, and much-needed clinical training to speech professionals wishing to gain expertise in stuttering. Offices are located in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA, and services are also available Online. Our mission extends to advancing public and scholarly understanding of this often misunderstood disorder.
Carl Herder, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Atlanta Clinic Director, Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders
Carl is our Clinic Director for the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Therapy in Atlanta, GA. He joined AIS in New York in 2006 and worked closely with our founder, Catherine Montgomery for nearly five years. In 2016, he moved to Atlanta to open our first satellite office.