The voice is a second face. – Gerard Bauer
Every voice box is different and therefore everyone has their own way of giving voice but also of the way of communicating (introvert – extravert). This makes your voice a mirror of your soul and it is very much linked to who you are.
“A woman’s voice is not just a higher male voice” (Mordaunt, M. 2006).
The main goal of voice therapy is not only to learn to use your voice in a different way, but also to find a new voice that belongs to you and to make the new voice your own.
We can learn to use your voice in a different way through muscle training. With exercises we can learn a new sound, these exercises will mainly focus on: the flexibility of your voice, the resonance, how the pitch variations are in function of the intonation, articulation and use of words.
It is a combination of these elements and the non-verbal aspects that makes a voice masculine or feminine.
Before and after voice therapy on Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/transgendervoicebykatrieneerdekens
Before you can start working with your voice, you need to analyse your voice and how you use your voice in your daily life. This is done by voice measurements and I will listen to your story: how do you use your voice in different speech situations, whether there is a lot of voice load, whether there are medical aspects that can influence the voice, do you sing, etc. We also look at your character, who you are, what your expectations are and to what extent we can fulfil them.
The measurement results are discussed in detail and a personal treatment plan is drawn up. Sometimes it’s necessary to work together with other disciplines such as a psychologist, a singing coach or a manual therapist.
It is highly recommended to have your vocal cords checked with an ear and nose throat doctor (ENT – ORL), because it will be an intensive therapy and it is important that your voice is in the perfect health!
If transpersonal work alone with their voice, without a professional coach, this can result in oedema, irritated vocal cords due to misuse of the voice and even vocal cords. This is often the result of increased tension and pressure in the larynx and we try to avoid this together during voice therapy. Therefore it may be advisable to apply a voice massage on a regular basis.
There is a close cooperation with an NKO doctor in the field of voice surgery (Wendler’s Glottoplasty) so that a good follow-up is possible.