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Voice is a key part of our identity and how others perceive us. Voice and communication play important roles in helping others to perceive our gender.
If you are happy with your voice just the way it is, you do not require speech and language therapy advice. If, however, you would like to make some changes to your voice but are unsure how to do this safely, we can help you.
Our specialist speech and language therapy team will guide you as you make changes in a way that does not put your voice at risk. They can offer advice, voice assessment and specialist intervention to achieve and maintain a voice that matches your authentic self.
The speech and language therapists (SLTs) are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our specialist, award-winning SLTs are also members of the RCSLT Trans and Gender-Diverse Clinical Excellence Network.
Voice and communication therapy is a range of breathing and vocal techniques. The therapy doesn’t involve surgery or any invasive procedures. Exercises are designed to enhance how you use your voice.
The team will help you find a voice and communication style that is uniquely your own. This may involve changes to your vocal technique, including pitch, intonation and volume.
In addition to the voice, changes to how you use language and non-verbal communication e.g. facial expression and gesture may be recommended. The aspects of voice and communication you choose to change are up to you. The team will provide you with home practice to firmly establish these techniques.
Please note, without regular practice, speech and language therapy will not be successful. You will need to practise regularly, preferably with a supportive conversation partner (who is welcome to attend sessions), in order to develop and maintain the changes to your voice and communication.