Meet Chamonix, your Board Certified Specialist in Fluency, at Hope For Stuttering Speech Therapy located in Fairfield County, CT!
Chamonix Sikora M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Specialist – Fluency
Chamonix Sikora has devoted her career in speech-language pathology to stuttering. She entered the field in 2001 as a generalist working in Connecticut with children and adults who had various communication disorders. In 2003 she was honored to join the staff at the American Institute for Stuttering in New York City where she worked for nine years and was mentored by the late and greatly respected stuttering specialist Catherine Montgomery. In 2006 she became a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and later served on ASHA’s American Board on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. In 2010 she became the executive and clinical director of the American Institute for Stuttering. In 2013 Chamonix started Hope for Stuttering Speech Therapy in Westport, Connecticut. Hope for Stuttering is a unique practice that exclusively treats stuttering for all ages both online and in person. Chamonix is also a former adjunct faculty member of the Department of Communication Disorders at Southern Connecticut State University. She presents at conventions on the topic of stuttering and has written and co-authored several articles on fluency disorders. She has also been a guest for a variety of media outlets educating the public about stuttering including CNN, NPR, CBS Radio and others.
Chamonix implements a variety of approaches and strategies in therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused brief therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, various counseling techniques, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Although developmental stuttering is not psychological in cause, she believes we are each psychological beings and therefore it is vital to address how stuttering affects a person in this manner when warranted. She is well versed utilizing many traditional stuttering approaches from avoidance reduction therapy to fluency focused approaches to stuttering more easily approaches. Her personal philosophy is that different clients need different things and at different times in therapy so she uses the art of therapy to implement what is needed and when. Chamonix views the client and clinician relationship as central and works as a team with clients and families. She also uses a variety of approaches with very young children who stutter and has developed her own unique way of working with younger children and their families.
Chamonix graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and from Messiah College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is licensed in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, California, Florida, and New Jersey and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) as awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Chamonix is one of the few Board Certified Specialists in Fluency (BCS-F). She served on ASHA’s American Board on Fluency Disorders for three years. She is a member of ASHA’s Fluency Disorders Special Interest Group, ASHA’s Telepractice Special Interest Group, the International Fluency Association, and the International Cluttering Association.