About Shira

I used to get triggered and hijacked by my emotions quite often. I would lash outwards, get defensive and blame others for the situations I was in. I knew my relationships were suffering because of it, but I just never knew how to get unstuck.

I decided to start blogging about my everyday stumbles and big, complex issues. I considered that the answer to my struggles wasn’t going to come from changing other people, but rather from changing me. 

And then it finally came to me.

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My name is Shira Taylor Gura and I know how to get unSTUCK. I created The S.T.U.C.K Method™ – a simple and easy-to-remember self-help technique that you can practice – anytime and anywhere ,  so you can stop being hijacked by your emotions and take better care of yourself and your relationships. 

As a podcast host*, speaker, and author of the book, Getting unSTUCK – Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-BeingI help people notice how their stuck places are blocking them them from making their lives and relationships as rich and rewarding as they can be – and guide them using The S.T.U.C.K. Method to get unSTUCK. 


I give people the tools to get unSTUCK. Through my stories, tools, worksheets, and conversations, people laugh, empathize, and learn how to turn their “stuck” spots into sources for energy and positive change.

Using this method daily is the reason I am living my best life today!

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Now for some boring resume stuff… 😉

I received a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University and an M.Sc. in occupational therapy with a focus on mental health from Boston University Sargent’s College. I received my 500-hour yoga certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. For the past 18 years, I have facilitated hundreds of groups and workshops both in America and in Israel.

I have written numerous articles on health and wellness in peer-reviewed journals and magazines, including a chapter in the book The Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping. I am a contributor to The Huffington Post and Thrive Global Magazines and have appeared in CEO Blog Nation, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Complete Well-Being, Tiny Buddha, Kveller, Parent.co, and Massage Magazine. I have been interviewed on many podcasts including the award winning, EO Fire. (Read my articles and listen to my interviews here.)

I grew up in southern New Jersey and currently live with my husband and four children in northern Israel. In my spare time, I like to sing with and compose music for our community band, HannaTONES, do arts and crafts projects, and stand on my head. This past year, I wrote my first poem (click here to watch me recite it with my friend!)

Despite the similarity in the sounding of my last name, I do not consider myself a “guru”, but rather an on-going student regarding Getting unSTUCK.  As I continue to face my own everyday challenges, I continuously bring the wisdom I learn to those who are on this journey with me.

My book, Getting unSTUCK, an Amazon new bestseller and winner of the 2017 International Book Award contest (category self-help) can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository. To receive your free e-book, you can sign in below and receive it directly to your inbox!

Interested in booking me for a talk or program?  Be in touch with the Jewish Speakers Bureau at http://www.JewishSpeakersBureau.com 


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(*Podcast music credit: Jason Shaw; intro voice: Josh Shron)

“Shira relies on examples taken exclusively from her own life experiences, challenges, and personal growth. This makes for an honest, authentic, and absorbing text, in which nothing is taught that was not experienced first by the author herself.” Dr. Nurit Novis Deutsch, psychologist, The Department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa.
Avoiding obscure terminology, Shira Taylor Gura uses humour and everyday situations to explain how we can all avoid not only rushing to protect our egos, but also battling needlessly with reality.” Dr. Graham Stew, principal lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, UK

“Going through the Getting UNSTUCK process cut lots of big-seeming thoughts and beliefs down to size.  Our minds can inflate the importance of things that don’t really matter so much.  Challenging them with this method forces us take a more accurate measure of how our thoughts and feelings really work.  Having gone through the process with my own “stuck” situation makes me think of walking through the woods where there is no path.  The first time is hard.  Do this for a week and the way becomes clear.” – John Eichenberger, LMHC, CASAC, Geneva, New York

“Shira’s willingness to be vulnerable and her ability to articulate her experience is off the charts. It is a gift I truly cherish. I would describe her as a rare jewel:  Precious.  Valuable.  Priceless.” –Allison, Haddonfield, NJ
“Shira made me realize what is in my control and how I have the power to improve situations.” – Sheila, Pitman, NJ
“Shira is very vulnerable and that is one of the things that most endears her to me. She has taught me to be vulnerable as well.” –Steven, San Francisco, CA