Nicole Thompson
Nicole Thompson
Belfast, Northern Ireland

First Course:
Limerick, April 2008

I joined the McGuire Programme in April 2008 because I knew I needed to change how I was living my life. I was fearful of all speaking situations and it was starting to take over my life. 

One of the main reasons I joined the programme was because I was starting final year at university and I knew I would soon be applying for jobs and attending interviews. I was determined not to let my stutter hold me back from pursuing the career I had always wanted to do. 

I stuttered from the age of three and throughout my life I regularly attended speech therapy. However, it was only when I joined the programme did I see any improvement in my speech. After I finished my first course I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and for once in my life I was excited to speak. 

As a result of joining the programme, I am working in the career I love and really enjoying my life.

The most important aspect of the programme is the extensive support network which I am now very excited to be a part of. I am really looking forward to giving back to the programme and helping the new students. 

Nicole Thompson