Gender Affirming Voice Training
Discover, develop and style your voice
Gender Affirming Voice Training may be right for you if you are looking for a safe and healthy way to explore, develop, or style your voice so it feels easy and sounds like you.
Develop a healthy, strong voice foundation with advanced and therapeutic voice exercises for long-lasting voice use and flexibility.
Build your voice tool box by playing with a wide variety of features and colours that shape voice. Learn how to "play" the voice and delve into advanced exploration of the core voice pillars: pitch, resonance, weight, pocket boundaries and quality.
Blend a variety of spaces, qualities and features until we land on combinations you enjoy and feel represent you.
Once we find the voice blend that reinforces your ideals, feels good and sounds good, we'll start to extend through increasingly complex situations that require stamina, endurance, emotion, projection and confidence.
Check-in to fine-tune, refresh training, re-optimize voice health, or advance to complex goals, such as preparing for presentations, podcasts or working on singing voice.
Alyssa, Your Gender Affirming Voice Coach
Alyssa draws on her extensive clinical voice training, voice teaching and performance experience. Alyssa uses a wide-array of tools to support adults and teens in their gender affirming voice journey, and has been proudly helped hundreds of folks in this area. As a cis woman, Alyssa prioritizes safety and support in her clinic. She is dedicated to continued learning from and supporting Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Queer or Non-conforming folks. She takes a person-centred approach across gender identities to help find and maintain a healthy, feel-good voice. Alyssa will work with you to learn your voice ideals and support you in practicing and building stamina and endurance.
Alyssa also provides Voice Therapy and Rehabilitation for those who are looking to heal or recover from a voice injury (e.g. vocal nodules, vocal polyps, muscle tension dysphonia) or surgery (e.g. voice feminization surgeries), as well as Gender Affirming Singing Voice Therapy for those who are looking to extend their affirming voice into singing.
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Gender Affirming Voice FAQ's
How do I know if Gender Affirming Voice Training is right for me?
Gender affirming voice training an option for folks of all genders who feel that their current voice is not representative of who they are, is not aligned with their gender, or is not as strong, complete and consistent as they'd like.
Is feedback available between sessions?
Yes! I have found great success with offering support between sessions. Voice comes with us everywhere, and especially with gender affirming voice training, it's unreasonable to assume that all folks will feel equipped and confident to continue to explore and play on their own without easy access to their coach. I'm often inviting clips, providing feedback, or asking folks to share wins and challenges between sessions.
I want my voice to be more femme sounding, but my pitch is really, really low. Is this a problem?
If the voice is healthy, low starting pitch is usually not a problem! Some people choose to pair voice training with voice surgery, particularly if they have difficulty matching pitch. And for those who do opt for Voice Feminization Surgery for pitch, I tend to help with other features such as post-op rehabilitation, and shaping resonance, inflection, and other speech characteristics to help you achieve the voice you're looking for.
Will HRT alter the pitch of my voice?
Testosterone lowers the pitch of the voice. Estrogen, Estradiol, Spironolactone, etc. will not change the pitch of the voice.
What are your thoughts on Voice Feminization Surgeries?
Most often, it's recommended to try voice training first before surgery. Voice feminization surgeries can be especially useful for folks who cannot match pitch. As a voice therapist, I help to get the voice in optimal shape before surgery to improve surgical outcomes, and after the surgery to recover quickly and safely. Since surgery impacts pitch only, post-surgical voice training is often required for additional training around resonance and other features.
Will insurance cover this?
Since I am registered Speech-Language Pathologist, our sessions will be eligible for you to claim. Check with your insurance provider if you are unsure of budgets, as there's no way for me to know your plan's specifics.
I'm taking Testosterone, how could training help?
Some folks on or following T are dissatisfied with the timbre, tone, or stamina of the voice. Common goal areas include developing rich and resonant voice, working on projection and stability, or smoothing out the breaks in the voice, as well as building vocal endurance.
How long does it take?
The big question! You're not going to like the answer, but I suspect you may already know. It's different for everyone. There are so many factors that may contribute to training duration, such as having a safe practice space, overall voice health, time resources, financial or insurance limitations, previous experience with voice training, and comfort exploring variations in voice. When starting with a normal/healthy voice, building a usable base can range anywhere from 6 to 20 sessions. It's also challenging to qualify as I rarely book regularly repeating sessions after the initial Foundation and Building phases. This means some folks will be meeting weekly, while others are meeting bi-weekly, and some are meeting monthly or at even more spread out intervals. Because of the vast variation, upfront booking and payments are never required. We can pause at any time. After each session, we'll chat and decide together when we should meet next and what to work on in the meantime.
When can I start?
You can start whenever you feel ready. I do not require referrals. I am occasionally asked if I require completion of various transition-related items to begin - the answer is absolutely not! Come as you are. All I ask is that you, to the best of your ability, arrive with a flexible and creative mind, and patience. If you under the age of 18, guardian consent is required, but guardians are not required to participate or attend. You can also pause at any time during our program!
How do I start?
The first step is to book an Intake/Assessment session. Don't worry, it's nothing too formal! We'll get to know each other and your voice goals. We'll also snap some recordings and complete some questionnaires for our baseline analysis. If you feel like you'd rather meet before jumping in, feel free to book an online complimentary consultation for gender affirming voice.