Voice and speech are identifiable as belonging to a particular person and convey a vast amount of information about the speaker. Listeners draw inferences from voice/speech related to: age, intelligence, education, occupation, regional and socioeconomic background.
It may be that your speech is fine in certain environments, but you have difficulty sustaining the same level of confidence in other situations.
You will acquire simple and effective tools to enhance your speech/vocal skills – tailor made to suit your particular needs. This will increase your confidence in all environments, allowing you to progress and engage with others.
After treatment your voice/speech/interaction skills will have reached a level significantly higher than that of the average person. A positive impact will be achieved in the following settings: work, social settings, meetings, school/further education, making and receiving phone calls, shopping, talking in public, interviews, giving presentations, gaining promotions, forming friendships and meeting new people, expressing feelings, standing up for yourself and so on.
In her NHS role, Mrs Addlestone is head of the voice service and has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating speech problems. She works as lead therapist with ENT Consultants in designated voice clinics within a hospital setting and also has training in counselling, coginitive behvaioural therapy and family therapy. Mrs Addlestone has worked as a lecturer and examiner on the speech therapy graduate course at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) and also delivers training in counselling and assertiveness for allied health professionals.
I was initially sceptical that speech therapy could help me. The I met Sue and was impressed by her enthusiasm, commitment, expertise and engaging personality. She was able to eventually "tease out" the root causes of my speech problem. I am so grateful that I went to her. I am just a little sad not to be seeing such a sparkling, addictive personality again. JF
Sue has helped me to gain confidence in regular presentations, which has a huge impact on my studies and career. I came to see Sue initially for help with speech and presentation skills. However Sue was immediately able to target and get rid of a problem which I have had a for several years but have been unable to stop. Since seeing Sue, my speech is considerably clearer! It is with great pleasure that I highly recommend Sue. I cannot thank her enough! CS
Enlisting the help of Sue Addlestone as speech/voice therapist is one of the best personal and professional decisions I have ever made. For most of my adult life, I have suffered with the sometimes debilitating belief that I spoke too quickly and also muttered. This left me unwilling to speak in certain social or work situations for the fear of being misunderstood, of being asked to repeat myself or worst still, of making a fool of myself. Sue helped me understand which of my issues were real and which were simply perceived. She then taught me a number of effective but easy to master techniques which boosted both my clarity of speech and my confidence. Two days after our final session I gave a best man’s speech to over 70 people and (pretty much) nailed it! I can’t thank Sue enough for her help and advice. Considering the profound and positive impact she has had on my life, I am only too happy to recommend her services to others. WM
I wish I approached Sue a lot sooner than I did. I had problems with my speech for years and with one hour of teaching from Sue these problems were quickly fixed. I now find myself speaking clearly, with confidence and enjoying conversations much more since my visit. I have noticed such a big difference and couldn’t be happier. I'd recommend anyone to see Sue if they aren't completely happy with their speech. It's the best money I've spent all year! PD
I went to see Sue for help with my speech, which was really helpful. Sue is a complete professional and a real expert in her field. She also has a fun and exciting personality - I loved the session! RD
Just to let you know I've passed the telephone interview stage and now it will be an assessment day and presentation etc. I wouldn't have done it without your help. So I wanted to say a big thanks. DL
Since beginning my sessions with Sue the transformation in my speech has been remarkable. From the very first session I have noticed marked improvements in my speech and I am now speaking more fluidly than ever before. Things like phone calls and ordering from a menu in a restaurant used to cause me a great deal of anxiety but now I don't even give them a second thought. Sue offers a very flexible service even allowing me to arrange appointments at various locations. She is always keen to keep in touch between sessions and does so via both phone and email. I cannot recommend Sue highly enough. Sam Bryan
Having a few issues with public speaking (breathing and projection), I found the session with Sue very helpful to appreciate what was the issue and how to remedy this going forwards. Daniel Stephenson
Sue was amazing. She taught me how to improve my speech by giving me little exercises to do daily that really took up no time. After 2 sessions I was well on my way to getting better. She gave me support outside of the consultations too, either by calling me or by emailing me. I found her to be kind and sincere, and the empathy she showed made me feel she really wanted to help me. I would not hesitate to recommend Sue. She does great work. JS
I found the speech therapy sessions incredibly useful. They were tailored based on careful discussion and a deep look into what could be the underlying causes of my speech issue. Once this was found, we worked together with very well-prepared material to solve the problems. Sue's friendly demeanour and patient approach makes for a very stress-free time and after just 5 sessions, everything has been sorted. I am now more confident when I speak to people and have no problems with public speaking and being understood. Both psychology and physical mechanics are dealt with in a way that has allowed me to be more aware of what I am doing when I speak. I cannot speak highly enough of my experience!! Many thanks! BK
Sue's help has enabled me to overcome issues with self-confidence, manifested in a lack of communication ability, that I have had for some time. Her understanding throughout therapy of my predicament and high level of competency in diagnosing and finding a solution to my problem is greatly appreciated - highly recommended'. Tom T
I am extremely grateful to God Almighty Who has led me to such a dedicated professional as Sue. I was completely mute following a tragedy nearly three years ago. The quality of the therapy that i received from Sue has resulted in me speaking once again. I travelled all the way from Pakistan to receive treatment in the UK and can confidently say that anyone who has a speech impediment or has ever suffered trauma to their speaking ability should seek assistance from Sue Addleston. May family and friends are all indebted to Sue for the time and effort that she has expended on me and helped me to communicate verbally. On a personal note Sue, I am deeply honoured to have met such a lovely professional as yourself. Your humbleness coupled with the determination and patience that you offer to your patients is surely the key their achieving what they either never had or as in my case regaining that which was lost following an unfortunate incident. My prayers go out for you and your family. Ishtiaq Ahmed
I was seeing another speech therapist and after a number of appointments I was told that there was nothing else she could do for me. I was referred to Sue - I only had one appointment with Sue, but with the help she gave me I am now able to speak again. I cannot thank her enough.Many thanks for your help and understanding. Howard T
Mrs Addlestone has helped me find a solution to the problem that I have been trying to solve for two years. Alex D
Of all the speech therapists I have dealt with I found Sues methods to be far more helpful for my problem. She obviously has a natural ability to empathise with all her clients. Marita M
I began attending speech therapy with Sue as I had previously had bad experiences doing presentations and did not enjoy speaking on the phone. Since I have been receiving speech therapy, I feel a lot more confident speaking to people and in public situations. Last year I was asked to be best man at a wedding and my speech was a resounding success. Even now I am still getting people complimenting me on the speech. Thank you Sue for all your suppport. I certainly wouldn't have delivered the "best, best man speech ever" without your help! AE
I met Sue last night and I was nervous to begin with, she soon made me at ease and taught me how to correct me speech, Thanks Sue....... I will be back for more lessons if what you have taught me does not rectify my fault. Adam Bradshaw
Sue is amazing at finding the positivity in you. She brings it out in a way that makes you forget you can feel any other way. SG
Mrs. Addlestone has been very understanding throughout and has the ability to instil great confidence in people. I have been immensely impressed by the techniques and methods used to get my speech back to normal. Mike I
Just a quick note to thank you once again for your help. My everyday quality of life has massively changed since you explained the cause and reason for my speech blocking. Now that I understand what the problem is or should I say was, I find it easy to take a breath, relax and rectify the situation. With this in mind my self asteem and confidence has improved dramatically, especially in meetings were I now feel relaxed instead of anxious and being concerned that my speech wasn't going to be fluent. Its great to be able to focus more on the purpose of my meeting and not on the fact that I might stuggle with my next sentence. It was a pleasure to both meet and work with you.
Not only Sue helped my husband gained back his confidence she helped me understand what was happening to him. She listened with a genuine care and empathy then used her skills to get him overcome his anxiety. Sue you are a great lady and a wonderful professional. ZA