Transgender &

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:

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1

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.

 

2

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.

 

3

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.

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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 to attain gender congruence?

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 not by any means a necessary component of transitioning. 

FAQ: What's your method?

To be honest, I work everyday on being flexible, attentive and present. I listen and learn. My role is not to impose certain parameters or ideals around voice goals, but instead to discover how my knowledge, experience and exertise in the voice area can support the goals that are presented to me. Each person's voice journey is different.

FAQ: When can I start?

You can start whenever you feel ready. There are no requirements, such as referrals or having begun HRT, on my behalf to begin. However, if you are 17 or under, guardian consent is required.

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! Not only is voice therapy recommended for post-op recovery, it's typically recommended in combination with voice feminization surgery. 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 without having met and completed our initial assessment. Many, many factors contribute to the duration or to the number of sessions required before achieving voice goals, 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 has an effect on the pitch of the voice. Testosterone will lower the voice. Some transmen opt to participate in voice training to work on additional features, such as resonance, articulation, and stability in the voice. 

FAQ: How do you identify?

I'm a cis woman and use the pronouns she, her. I’m sensitive to the fact that a gender spectrum transition is not my lived experience and am grateful to be have been able to work, and to continue with work, with so many non-binary and trans folk.

FAQ: Do your services qualify for private insurance coverage?

Yes, since I am registered Speech-Language Pathologist. Make sure ask your insurance provider if you are unsure of coverage areas or budgets.

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TORONTO ADULT

VOICE & SPEECH THERAPY

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YONGE-EGLINTON CENTRE

2300 Yonge Street; Suite 1600

Toronto, ON M4P 1E4

Phone: 416-549-1641

FAX: 416-549-1619