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Want to Learn How to Get unSTUCK?

I used to get triggered and hijacked by my emotions quite often. Getting stuck led me to feel helpless and powerless in my life and in my relationships. I would get angry, express disappointment, get defensive, and blame others for how I was feeling. I knew I, and my relationships, were suffering because of it, but I never knew a way out that would make me feel better.

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. 

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As a well-being coach, I help people learn how to get unSTUCK in their lives and in their relationships. I support people in realizing how they can regain control of their emotions and their overall well-being.  I know how to help people get unSTUCK because I know what it’s like to get stuck – and yet, I also know the feeling, joy, and relief of what it’s like to get unSTUCK. In fact, getting unSTUCK is the reason I am living my best life today! I absolutely love guiding people with how to get unSTUCK in their lives and observing the major shifts that occur when doing so. I meet with my clients in person or via Skype to help them realize how they can specifically used this tool in their own lives to reclaim a sense of well-being and feel whole again. Contact me to set up a free mini-session or to learn more.

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Now for some boring resume stuff… 😉

I am the author of the award-winning book, Getting unSTUCK, (an Amazon new bestseller and winner of the 2017 International Book Award contest – category self-help) as well as The Getting unSTUCK Companion Journal. I am currently writing my 3rd book (ETD, Spring 2018). I offer workshops, 1:1 coaching sessions, speaking presentations, and retreats both in the United States and in Israel. If you are interested in booking me for a talk, program or retreat, please be in touch with the Jewish Speakers Bureau at http://www.JewishSpeakersBureau.com 

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 classes, 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 any kind of creative handiwork available to me, and one of my all time favorite things to do is to stand on my head. This past year, I wrote my first poem (click here to watch me recite it at a local PoetrySlam!)

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.

 

  

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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