Being comfortable using one's voice is essential for effective verbal communication. For many transgender people, however, their voice can be the source of great anxiety, depression, and dysphoria. This can result in avoiding social situations, or not voicing valuable opinions at their jobs. Kevin uses skills developed as a speech-language pathologist, voice actor and stage actor to help transgender clients repair the relationship with their voice by exploring different aspects of their voice in a safe and vocally hygienic way.
Combining assessment data and client input, a unique training plan is developed which can target pitch, resonance, articulation, intonation, language, and body language. Training is non-binary inclusive and culturally competent.
During a consultation, you will meet with a Prismatic Speech Services speech-language pathologist, and discuss what we can do for you. Discussion may include the basics of your current vocal condition and voice history, vocal hygiene habits, and what Prismatic Speech Services has to offer you. Depending on client interest, the consultation may also include advice on how to explore one's gender identity in a productive way.
A voice assessment is a thorough examination of all factors that make up your voice. We discuss your medical history, social/occupational history, and take acoustic measurements of your voice to test its current ability. Assessment may include referral to an otolaryngologist before being seen at Prismatic Speech Services, depending on individual's responses in the intake paperwork. Assessments are scheduled for hour and a half blocks of time.
Standard sessions will comprise of 45 minute sessions, once or twice a week depending on the client's plan of care. Treatment will be comprised of skilled intervention techniques selected to achieve your therapy goals. Said techniques may be adapted or modified depending on the individual needs of the client. Trans vocal training sessions often incorporate counseling elements as well.