An Invitation to Thrive
Voice Movement Therapy is a ground-breaking practice that facilitates growth, healing and transformation by helping you to find and nurture your acoustic and metaphorical voice: ‘acoustic’ being the actual sound of your voice, and ‘metaphorical’ being your voice in the world. I help you to find and harnesses the full healing and expressive power of your embodied voice.
The voice and the body are integral to one’s sense of self, to wellbeing and personal empowerment. It is through the body and voice that we make our needs and desires heard. This is why body and voice are vital aspects of healing and transformation processes; being able to confidently and authentically express oneself is essential.
Voice Movement Therapy emerges from the fundamental relationship between voice, movement and the psyche.
Breathe – Ensoul
Find room to breathe in your body and life.
When we can breathe freely and expansively we allow our emotions to find expression. It is through breathing that we can feel. Through breathing that we can connect to our deeper levels of Self. It is only through breath that we can find and have our full voice.
Voice – Sing
Your voice matters.
It is our birthright to have a voice. We have the right to proclaim ourselves to the world to sing our own song. To vocally express our joys and sorrows, our frustrations and darkest fears, our deepest desires and multiple sometimes contradictory selves. I am here, listen to what I have to say.
Move – Dance
Trust your body to show you the way.
Our bodies have an incredible knowledge and wisdom that can lead and heal us. By reconnecting with our body and becoming more consciously embodied we free ourselves from the restrictions of language so that emotions and movement flow into dance. All that is alive moves. Dance towards your Self.
Connect – Resonate
Become awake to Self and Other.
The more we acknowledge and embrace ourselves the less fearful we are in connecting deeply with others. Through this work we discover new ways of connecting. We are energised. There is a multilayered resonance that becomes apparent; our bodies and voices are different, we are somehow more alive.
Nurture – Thrive
Self requires cultivation.
Engaging with the ‘gold’ we have been gifted we find new and alternative ways of knowing our Self. The purpose of life is to be in it. To experience it, consciously. And, to Know Thyself through the body, mind (incl. images) and voice in relation to it.
A garden doesn’t thrive if you do not tend to it.
Have you ever felt upset or ‘charged up’ about something?
Do you feel you didn’t have your full voice in that moment / relationship / environment?
Do you think the outcome would have been different if you did have your full voice?
Ever wanted to find your voice?
We start where you are at
No matter if you are familiar or unfamiliar with alternative, creative and or embodied ways of engaging with self, it is important to remember that you are unique. Our first session is set aside to discover where you are at. We identify your needs and expectations and from there your unique pathway begins to unfold. In addition, each subsequent session starts where you are at on that particular day.
A safe non-judgemental space
A sense of safety is of the utmost importance. I provide you with an open, supportive and non-judgemental space where you can feel safe enough to be vulnerable and to fully explore aspects of yourself that are perhaps silenced or put aside in your everyday life.
We work from a place of strength
When we begin therapeutic explorations from a place of strength (what is working for me, what do I know, where am I safe/successful/empowered) we are more successful in our attempts at self-expansion or in experiencing ourselves differently. And, the result is more empowering than starting from a place of weakness or lacking.
There are no ‘bad’ sounds
Many of us have had our voices silenced by others who have placed negative judgement on our vocal expressions of self. In Voice Movement Therapy there are no ‘bad’ sounds. Each and every sound is just as valuable as the next in expressing who you are. Voice Movement Therapy is not caught up in a particular way of sounding but rather aims to facilitate unlimited vocal range expansion.
We work at your pace
Although I will challenge you and encourage movement from stuck and habitual places, we will work at your pace.
When I come to our sessions I bring with me bodymind knowledge and an acute sense of awareness of voice and movement and how these two work together to communicate. Through this I am able to understand your voice and movement, their deeper layers of expression and their story. I can identify what areas of your vocal range you are using and not using by listening. I can see how your body is moving and not moving by seeing and sensing. I can identify where you are ‘holding’ in your body and voice.
From this I am able to make suggestions and offer ways of working that will assist you to find fuller more satisfying expression. We work together in the moment with what surfaces for you. I also bring with me my artist creative self and through this, and the images and ideas that you offer, and what transpires moment to moment, we creatively tailor the session. I also bring my imagination and ability to play, my ability to connect deeply, to be with, and to travel through the shadows with you.
There is always a pathway and a few other ways of working through material.
Ways of Working
Individual sessions begin with a 1.5hr assessment session. We establish where you are at and start to unpack your relationship with your voice. We discuss your expectations and I’ll ask you some questions about your history and reasons for coming to Voice Movement Therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to get to know me and how I work, and to ask any questions you may have. From this session I identify our starting place and a way forward.
Group sessions are an opportunity to explore various shared themes, ideas, life challenges/experiences through Voice and Movement. These are weekly classes and last between 1.5hrs and 2hrs. Each class provides a structure and way of exploring a life theme or an image or a current issue for example. ‘Drop-in’s’ are welcome at these sessions and no previous experience is required.
Intensives run once a week over a number of weeks (6 – 12 weeks) with each session being 2hrs – 4hrs. These processes are focused and aimed at helping people who are facing similar challenges. For example, I offer a process for people who experience anxiety and depression, one for unpacking and understanding your anger, one specifically designed to empower women in the workplace, etc. Go to the ‘Upcoming’ tab to see the schedule and program details.
Workshops offer you an opportunity to immerse yourself in a Voice Movement Therapy process. Workshops offered last between 1 and 3 days and can be residential. Like intensives, workshops are designed around specific themes or exploration areas and allow freedom within the workshop structure to explore your unique experience. Bespoke workshops that deal with specific themes or topics relevant to your community or organisation can be requested.
Retreats are a beautiful way to give yourself the time you need to unpack, heal and grow. Retreats last between 3 and 10 days and are residential. They offer a time-out-of-time away from distractions that can make deep transformations possible. See the ‘Upcoming’ tab for details on scheduled retreats and themes.
I offer courses in Voice Movement Therapy for people who would like to use elements of the modality in their current practice. Psychologists, councillors, teachers, occupational therapists, special needs teachers and bodyworkers, artists, performers, singing teachers, yoga and pilates instructors and others. These courses are run over various durations and some are modular. All courses over 80 hrs are IAVMT accredited and CPD points may be offered.