VOICE THERAPY/VOCAL REHABILITATION

What is Voice Therapy?

Intervention includes focusing on how you breathe and improving your breath support. There are also many ways to reduce muscular tension and strain, which are often a cause of vocal difficulties. We can work on increasing your vocal flexibility, strength and endurance. Therapy will also approach lifestyle and levels of well being.  

 

You will develop vocal techniques and enhance your voice quality. Moreover voice therapy may also lead you to discover and develop your own expressive skills, in terms of ‘finding or exploring your own voice’ metaphorically and physically. I can also help you with speaking and presentation skills if this is also necesary.

 

I use a range of techniques to help you improve your vocal abilities and reduce vocal strain, from traditional speech and language therapy exercises to mindfulness and singing techniques. Please feel free to contact me for a chat.

Who can benefit from voice therapy?

Although there are no limits or restrictions to who might benefit from voice therapy, there are groups of people who are more susceptible to voice problems. These include professional voice users such as teachers, teaching assistants, business men & women, fitness instructors. Both amateur and trained singers and actors can also experience problems with their voice. As we age the voice can change and this also means that sometimes people wish to improve their vocal qualities during this later period of their lives. 

I also work with transgender voice.

Rates

Please get in contact for 2020 rates 

What are vocal problems?

Voice problems can be caused by a variety of factors. It is offered for people who have been diagnosed by an ENT consultant with:

  • Hoarse, croaky voice (dysphonia, aphonia)

  • Chronic voice difficulties

  • Voice loss (aphonia)

  • Vocal fold/cord nodules 

  • Vocal fold/cord polyps

  • Vocal fold/cord paralysis/paresis

  • Reinke’s oedema 

  • Muscle tension dysphonia

  • Psychogenic voice problems

  • Spasmodic dysphonia

  • Pitch difficulties

  • Weak voice

  • People who are recovering from, or who have head and neck cancer

 

Voice difficulties can be caused by a variety of reasons, both physical and emotional or both. Having a voice that is weak can be tiring and affect people at work, home and socially. Some voice problems start with a bothersome cold virus and leave you with a chronic hoarse voice. Other times, professional voice users may find that their voice tires easily. Sometimes stress, tension, feeling worn out, anxiety or life’s general challenges can create voice problems and muscle tension around the area of the neck, throat, jaw, tongue causing

the vocal quality to become hoarse, croaky and/or strained. This in turn can create a vicious cycle of frustration and a sense that it is effortful to talk, communicate and socialise.

One to one Voice Speech and Language Therapy sessions are offered in my clinic and on line.

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