Our Trans Voice and Communication Exploration team, work with trans or nonbinary people attending the clinic, whether you are on hormones or not. They will work with you to help you explore your voice options and make any necessary voice changes you might want to achieve, without harming your voice. The team offers advice and specialist intervention to achieve and maintain a voice and communication style that matches your authentic identity.
Dr Ioanna Georgiadou
PhD, MRCSLT, HCPC
BSHons, BSc, MRCSLT,
Both members of the team are trained as speech and language therapists who are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They are also members of the RCSLT Trans and Gender-Diverse Clinical Excellence Network.
Voice and communication therapy is offered as part of our treatment pathway at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health (NCHT). If you wish to align your voice and communication with your identity in ways that feel authentic to you, we can help you do this safely. This may involve explore changes to your vocal technique, including pitch, resonance, intonation, rhythm, and volume.
Sessions may include singing to explore different vocal techniques. From our clinical experience, better understanding of pitch can help with voice modification. This technique will be discussed in our one-to-one and some group sessions. Non-verbal communication can be discussed if you wish to explore this in one-to-one or group therapy sessions.
We aim to make our therapy packages informative, engaging, and fun when exploring your voice. We do not tell you how to sound. Voice therapy is a collaborative approach guided by you throughout your journey.
We have found from experience that patients have better outcomes when they are able to practice regularly at home to develop and maintain their authentic voice and communication skills. Sometimes it is not the right time for therapy for a patient for various reasons. You are welcome to opt out of voice therapy if it is not the right time for you and can request further support when you feel ready to continue your voice journey.
Voice therapy is open and available to trans and non-binary people who are being seen at the NCTH. If you are interested, please inform your clinician, we would love to meet you and talk with you about how we might be able to help.