We are your Health and Voice Consultants. Psychological aspects of Voice Disorders.

Lately, I have been receiving more and more clients who require non-surgical voice repair, along with psychological evaluation and some counselling with respect to their mental state... 
The majority of those clients have been experiencing voice disorders like, for example, muscle tension dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia and, needless to say, a multitude of other voice/vocal problems and issues.
With our very hectic and stress-induced lives, a mass of sufferers (with the above-mentioned and other voice disturbances), had acquired their voice/vocal problems directly related to their highly stressed and, nevertheless, emotionally induced conduct.

Some of the emotional stress is related to their business lives, but even more so commonly, it is related to their family lives. To give you an example: I have been presently working with two beautiful middle-aged women, who have had dysphonia disorders, whereas one of them had been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia and the other (who joined my voice repair program recently) had been diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia. The former has been suffering from SD for 5 years prior to being under my care.

This lady has been extremely stressed at work (working 3 jobs simultaneously) and mainly - and more so - at home, while not getting any required and/or desired attention from her spouse, as well as (practically on her own), raising 3 teenage children…

My business associate, who is also a natural health practitioner, likes to ask her clients, “What do you think that you can not swallow?” I really like this question because all of those emotions can greatly affect not just the voice itself, but also other related health issues.

Trying to bare all the duties and responsibilities at home and at work, these above-mentioned women, for years were trying to “hold on" to their work and family lives; no doubt, suppressing their emotions (like anguish, anger and just disappointment) which eventually manifested in their physical body and became a cause of not only their voice disorders, but also the cause of other related and non-related health problems.

While one’s emotions are suppressed, the thyroid is affected & the neck muscles, along with the thyroid, are tightly holding on to the sound of the voice and not releasing it on command.

In holistic teaching, the thyroid represents suppressed emotions, causing (due to limited expression of the voiced feelings) tightness in the thyroid and the neck muscles. If the voice drops down a level below its lower throat position, then the Muscle Tension Dysphonia described above will most likely turn into what’s called Spasmodic Dysphonia.

The main part of my work is to identify and address the cause of those above-mentioned disorders. I have always said: “The voice is an expression of who you are and the reflection of the state of your being”. So once the emotional makeup of the person is disturbed, the person may acquire all kinds of disorders and one of them, very much so, can be a voice disorder. Needless to say, while my voice repair clients’ voices are getting stronger - respectively, their self-esteem, self-worth, strength and physical health, nonetheless, will also rise and thrive.

During this (however not-very-easy process), they began to feel better about themselves and those who had not been living a healthy lifestyle, changed their diet to a much healthier one, lost or gained weight (if it was needed) and began newly-found physical activities, while concurrently, also got rid of the bad habits like smoking, drinking and even the use of drugs.

In the interim, their spouses started to sense my clients' newly found mental, physical and vocal strength; and thus began to act and behave accordingly, i.e., with more respect and newly found attention towards their partners.

A few years ago, I had a client from the UK with serious voice/vocal issues who I was attending to within an over 2 years period of time. Especially since she had lost her singing voice and partially had a problem with her speaking voice, her love life was, the least to say, very unsuccessful and (to put it mildly) quite dramatic and traumatic. Over this 2 and a half year period of time, while she was travelling to me here in Toronto, Canada, and I was also travelling to her to the U.K, I not only had been attending to her voice, but also to her emotions concerning (with her permission) her private life - boosting her confidence and self-worth to the point that she was able to finally find a (worthy of her standards and expectations) steady boyfriend and is still living with him now - happily ever after! 

To conclude: 

Attending to the voice repair clients holistically, I work on each person as a whole. Besides the voice repair, and the counselling with regards to physical and emotional aspects of their lives, all of the above described is definitely present practically within all of my sessions.

In Russia, we have a saying: “In a healthy body there resides a healthy spirit.” And since I have always declared that the voice is equivalent to your spirit (which we will have to discover, uncover and make it flown straight to the universe), it becomes really clear... that the sky, indeed, becomes the limit!!

We now offer post-trauma counselling! 
Had voice/vocal injury? 
Afraid to speak or sing? 
Did not sing for a long time and want to come back to it? 
We can help!! 
Ask us how!

For more info, contact us: 
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