Introductory Video – Featuring 3 Client Voice Samples
“Christella VoiceUp” App
I developed the VoiceUp app with SpeechTools Ltd to help all individuals wishing to access specialist, mobile voice Ferminisation exercises. The app corresponds to my method of voice feminisation and the stages of voice transition . It contains clearly explained and demonstrated exercises and assessment and recording features to help you track your voice progress.
Client ‘C’ – Voice at Initial Assessment
Client ‘C’ – Voice during Session 8
Frequently Asked Questions
- Voice therapy with a suitably qualified SLT
- pre- surgical assessment with an SLT which will involve accurate pitch measurements being made by the therapist and discussed with the client. The possible benefits and possible limitations of surgery will also be discussed (not all SLT’s have experienced with pitch elevation surgery so they may refer you to an experienced SLT). An explanation of the surgery will also be given to the client.
- Referral to an experienced Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor for an assessment.
- If surgery is carried out, post surgical review with the SLT is very important. This is to give post surgical exercises and guidance and to review the voice quality. If the person had a course of speech therapy prior to the surgery, fewer sessions are required post surgically – sometimes only 2 – 3 are required.
Unfortunately, not all areas of the UK have a service for transgender individuals. Voice feminisation therapy has traditionally been very niche and specialist not least due to the small numbers of clients within the population as a whole. However, as the rates of referral have increased so have the number of treating clinicians. Since 2002, I have run training courses for SLT’s role to ensure carry over of skills and broaden the availability of this specialist kind of Voice therapy.and am happy to see that more SLT’s now wish to acquire skills in this area and continue to attend the 3 day courses I run. From 2008, I developed the junior developing specialist role at the West London GIC, offering full training within that role to the developing specialist with a view to succession planning.
It is also possible to begin speech therapy privately practising SLT at any time in your transition process. You can do this if you have been referred to an NHS service and are waiting to be sent an appointment. You can continue with private SLT whilst having NHS sessions or in addition to, providing that that your NHS SLT and your private SLT are not the same person.
You can download the app for iOS devices from here as well as being available on Google Play
The Transgender Handbook
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“Having never had any form of voice training, I’d only ever used videos off YouTube, and so visiting Christella was the best thing I could have done. She made me feel very relaxed and measured the of my voice to get an idea of where I was on the register, which then allowed us to track my progress as time progressed. I found the exercises and home work she gave me worked perfectly to help me understand how a female voice should sound. I worked hard and I’m happy with what I learnt, nobody every misgenders my voice and I have complete confidence when I speak – I couldn’t have done it without Christella’s help.”C.M.
“Just sitting here on a balcony in a restaurant… Feeling very contented. ..I am just reflecting on my recent journey of which my voice is a central part. I feel I owe you a lot for your skill and experience and just want to thank you for helping me find my true voice. To be treated and to be read as a woman is indescribable. Your work is amazing. “E.K. 19.09.16
“Thank you for all the help, support and time you have given me, plus your patience of course! I find it hard to convey how much confidence our sessions have given me and countinue to do so. Apart from the learning, I did so enjoy talking to you.”Ms D.W
UK specialists in gender therapy.
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Mr Guri Sandhu, Consultant ENT Surgeon,
107 Harley St, London, W1G 6AL.
Tel: 020 7486 0022
The London Clinic
Mr Alasdair Mace, Consultant ENT
5 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6HL
Tel: 020 7935 7847
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Christella VoiceUp App
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App developer – combining speech and language therapy with technology.