Your accent plays an important role in your sense of identity. It may be a reminder of home or of overseas relatives. Typically, it is not until you move to a different place that you notice your accent. For some, having a different accent can make it extremely difficult to be understood by others. Imagine if you experienced these difficulties ongoing? Imagine if speaking was a key component of your profession?
Although it is not a speech disorder, speech pathologists can assist you to change your accent. This is sometimes known as accent modification, or accent neutralisation.