Non-Binary Voice Training
Trans Voice Toronto
Trans Voice Toronto
Trans Voice Toronto
Transgender and Non-Binary Voice Training is for individuals who are looking for a safe and healthy platform to develop or explore a voice that is more congruent with and/or reflective of their self identity.
Our speech-language pathologist and voice therapist, Alyssa McCarthy, has extensive experience with specific voice training for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks.
Common goal areas voice feminization, masculinization, neutralization, or you may be looking to refine vocal quality and build vocal endurance.
Each program is highly individualized and Alyssa's focus is on supporting you.
Generally, a program could be broken down into three stages:
Develop a healthy strong voice foundation for long-lasting voice use and flexibility.
Explore a wide variety of features that shape a healthy and objectively ____ (feminine, masculine, androgynous) voice.
Delve into advanced voice features to reinforce the ideal voice qualities that not only are congruent with my gender identity but also best represent me as a human.
Maintain and train my congruent voice through increasingly complex situations that require stamina, duration, projection and confidence.
Check-in to refresh training and maintain optimal voice health.
EXAMPLES OF GOAL STATEMENTS:
I will discover a healthy and sustainable voice that is authentic and congruent with my identity
I will explore and develop the pillars of voice training, including pitch, resonance, quality, articulation and intonation patterns
I will reduce vocal discomfort and fatigue and find ease and balance in my speaking voice
I will improve the clarity, consistency, and tone of my voice
I will better understand and learn how to manage variables that impact maintenance and consistency of my voice
I will use my congruent voice across many different situations and contexts (e.g. speaking on the phone, speaking in person with familiar and unfamiliar listeners, speaking to large groups, using a loud and projected voice)
Frequently Asked Questions with Anonymous and Alyssa
FAQ: Do I need to train my voice?
Absolutely not! Voice training is an option for those who feel strongly that their current voice is not representative of who they are. It is notby any means a necessary component of transitioning.
FAQ: How do you identify?
I identify as a cis-woman and use the pronouns she, her.
FAQ: What’s your experience?
I have clinical training as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Voice Therapist, and am also trained as a Singing Voice Therapist. Along with standard voice therapy, I work alongside an Ear Nose and Throat doctor, performing scopes of the voice to make sure that it’s healthy and functioning well. I began clinical training in Trans Voice particularly in Nova Scotia in 2015, and have continued to learn and grow ever since, completing and even presenting transgender voice workshops and courses. I’ve happily supported about 100 trans folks in their voice goals! I’m a member of the 519 and the Rainbow Health Organization, and make sure to keep up with WPATH and CPATH updates. Finding an SLP that identifies as a voice therapist and has specific experience in trans voice and has completed clinical training by a certified clinician is essentialfor making sure the voice is strong and healthy.
FAQ: What's your method?
Well, I suppose that first I come in recognizing my bias - that I am a cis-woman working on trans voice. I do my very best to provide a safe space. My everyday gaols, and I’m being honest, are to be flexible, attentive and present. I listen and learn. My role is not to impose ideals around voice goals but instead to explore how my knowledge and experience in the voice area can support the goals that are presented to me. Each person's voice journey is different.
FAQ: How does it work?
It can really be a different experience for each person! We always start by building on a healthy and optimal voice for long-lasting use and reliability! From there, we would likely train various voice area targets, such as pitch, resonance, articulation, and quality from a health perspective. Some folks are interested in training stamina, duration, projection, or the singing voice.
We might then reinforce the features (style, quality, inflection patterns) that are not only gender congruent, but are also aligned with what the individual feels is representative oftheir own personality and style.
We move our target through increasingly complex situations. It’s a different world to have best voice with me, alone, and then to maintain this out in the world, for example, while hollering across the street to say hi to a friend, or to have those 2 hour phone conversations!
FAQ: I'm interested in voice feminization, but my pitch is really low. Is this an issue?
Nope! As long as the voice is healthy, starting pitch won't be a barrier.
FAQ: Can you help even though I am planning on or have already received voice feminization surgery?
Yes! Voice therapy is typically recommended for post-op recovery andtraining. This is because voice feminization surgery only changes the pitch of the voice, which is a small component of voice training.
FAQ: How long will it take?
This is almost an impossible question to answer. Everyone is different! It’s complicated to answer this without having met and completed our initial assessment. Many, many factors contribute to training duration, some of which include having a safe practice space, overall voice health, time resources, financial or insurance limitations, previous experience with voice training, confidence in exploring variations in voice, etc.
FAQ: I'm on Testosterone but am not satisfied with the sound of my voice. Would voice training help?
Unlike transwomen, HRT for transmen hasan effect on the pitch of the voice. Testosterone will lower the voice. Some transmen participate in voice training to work on features such as resonance, articulation, projection and stability in the voice.
FAQ: When can I start?
You can start whenever you feel ready. There are no requirements on my behalf, such as referrals or a certain time on HRT. If you are 17 or younger, guardian consent is required.
FAQ: Do your services qualify for private insurance coverage?
Yes, since I am registered Speech-Language Pathologist, both in-person and online sessions may qualify. Make sure ask your insurance provider if you are unsure of coverage areas or budgets.