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Gender Affirming Voice Coaching

Many individuals grapple with feelings of dysphoria or discomfort surrounding their voice, particularly when its characteristics are perceived as being incongruent with their gender identity, such as pitch or resonance. Gender-affirming voice coaching offers a transformative path, empowering individuals to cultivate a voice that authentically reflects their gender identity. This process can be an integral part of gender affirmation, providing profound benefits for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals seeking alignment and comfort within themselves.

Gender-affirming voice coaching is a viable option for anyone seeking to harmonize their voice with their gender identity, whether transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or cisgender individuals. It caters not only to personal authenticity but also to professional aspirations, benefiting actors, singers, public speakers, educators, and others who rely on their voice in their careers.

As your partners in this journey, we equip you with tools and techniques to navigate voice modification in a healthy and empowering manner, fostering comfort and alignment with your gender identity. This process fosters a more authentic and sustainable vocal production, nurturing a positive impact on your overall well-being and self-image. It's important to recognize that not all individuals within the transgender and gender non-conforming community feel compelled to alter their voice, and that's perfectly valid. Voice coaching is a deeply personal choice, driven by individual needs and aspirations.

Ultimately, the decision to embark on gender-affirming voice coaching rests with you. Together, we collaborate to explore options and tailor a plan that resonates with your unique needs and aspirations, ensuring a supportive and empowering journey of self-discovery and affirmation.

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What to Expect During
Gender Affirming Coaching Sessions

Patrick Buckley, SLPA and Dr. Shawneen Buckley, SLPD CCC-SLP together craft a personalized and attainable plan tailored to your needs, incorporating a variety of exercises and techniques aimed at fostering a healthy transformation, ensuring your voice feels not only comfortable but also aligned with your gender identity.

Your journey towards vocal alignment unfolds through the following steps:

  1. Schedule an Initial Consultation with Patrick: This serves as an invaluable opportunity for us to delve into your objectives, concerns, and expectations. During this session, we talk about your current voice, paving the way for us to devise a unique and achievable plan to realize your desired voice.

  2. Have a Comprehensive Assessment with Dr. Shawneen: A comprehensive assessment ensures you receive personalized and effective care. From evaluating voice characteristics to exploring your unique goals and needs, Dr. Shawneen crafts a tailored treatment plan that aligns with your aspirations for healthy, aligned communication. 

  3. Attend Regular Coaching Sessions: Regular coaching sessions provide a platform for you to hone and refine your newfound voice. These sessions may encompass exercises targeting pitch adjustment, intonation, resonance, cadence, and other vocal nuances, allowing you to progressively embody your authentic voice.

  4. Practice Regularly: Consistent practice is integral to the efficacy of voice coaching. We equip you with tailored exercises and assignments to diligently work on between sessions, facilitating continuous progress and growth.

  5. Rely on Support: Recognizing the emotional and challenging nature of this journey, it's vital to rely on support from your network of friends, family, or support groups. Their encouragement and understanding can significantly bolster your resilience and progress.

Throughout our collaboration, we employ various techniques, including:

  • Pitch Adjustment: Collaborating with you to fine-tune the pitch of your voice in alignment with your gender identity, whether it involves lowering or raising it.

  • Resonance Modification: Guiding you through exercises aimed at modifying the resonance of your voice to resonate more authentically with your gender identity.

  • Intonation and Speaking Patterns: Tailoring your speaking patterns and intonation to mirror the speech patterns characteristic of individuals aligned with your gender identity.

  • Breath Support and Posture: Cultivating good breath support and posture to enhance the confidence and strength of your voice, ensuring it resonates powerfully.

During your coaching journey, you'll benefit from continuous feedback, guidance, and homework assignments aimed at sustaining your progress beyond our sessions. Your voice exploration is as unique as you are, requiring patience and dedication to attain your desired voice. With unwavering support and guidance, you'll discover and nurture a voice that not only feels authentic but also empowers you to express yourself fully and naturally.  

Your voice matters and we are here to help you amplify it confidently and proudly.

Let's embark on this transformative journey together.

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