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Why have gender-affirming voice sessions?
What are gender-affirming voice sessions?
I help you to craft a voice that reflects who you truly are inside. As someone with trans and nonbinary family and friends, I deeply understand the courage needed to show the world who you really are.
Why go to me for Gender-Affirming Voice Care?
I am a highly supportive clinician with decades of experience. I have taken a deep dive into voice care in the past few years, and more specifically gender-affirming voice care. I started by exploring my voice in singing lessons, then took Theatre Voice and Speech Training Methods for Working With Gender-Diverse People, an intensive Mentorship for Voice Professionals, the Gender Affirming Voice Training: A Course for Voice Clinicians (twice), and the Trans Voice Intensive.
Loving and supporting my trans and non-binary family and friends has helped me understand what a gift gender diversity is, while also making me painfully aware of how much courage and stamina it takes to live authentically.
What inspired me to offer Gender-Affirming Voice Care?
I started my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1995 in the Franco-Manitoban School Division, where I saw a handful of people with voice disorders. In 2011, I joined Hello SpeechWorks where I was sometimes asked to do gender-affirming voice care. I wanted people to get exceptional care from a culturally-competent clinician with excellent voice skills, and at the time that wasn't me. I referred people to clinicians who I thought had more to offer.
One day I said to myself "I might not be a voice care professional, but I'm not dead yet! I can do this!" And with my great love of the trans community, I set out to learn all I could to become the SLP with more to offer. I took singing lessons to get a better understanding of my own voice, then took the Mentorship for Voice Professionals with Melanie Tapson, an SLP who works exclusively in voice care. I learned so much from her! I also took Gender Affirming Voice Training: A Course for Voice Clinicians (twice) and the Trans Voice Elective. I've taken lots of other little workshops and courses, but those are the biggies.