Transgender voice feminisation is a vital aspect of being perceived as female with clients often saying ‘I am perceived as a woman until I open my mouth’.

Despite an increase in trans women being referred for voice feminisation therapy, there are only a very limited number of speech and language therapists (SLTs) who offer specialist male-to-female or MtF voice training. 

There is so much more to communication than the pitch of someone’s voice.

So voice feminisation is about more than pitch?

The short answer is yes. 

If you think about Mariella Frostrup, Dame Judie Dench and Joanna Lumley, they all have voices that are deeper than that of the average female. Yet, they sound female because of the way they speak – the words (more adjectives), intonation (rise and fall of the voice) and so on.

More specifically, an SLT will work on communication and social skills; everything from gesture (women tend to use their hands more), intonation, language, increased eye contact, use of questions rather than statements, resonance (head vs chest) and the all important telephone voice.

What happens at the initial session?

The initial session is two hours, and includes the following:

  • A complete case history is taken.
  • I will assess your voice to measure your average pitch, including the pitch range (highest and lowest notes).
  • I will explain how voice is produced, the difference between male and female communication and vocal hygiene.
  • We will then show you exercises to ensure that your voice is not strained whilst raising the pitch.
  • I will introduce you to the software we use for sessions and practise.
  • At the end, you will receive voice exercises to practise at home after the session, and handouts with further information about TG voice and communication.

Therapy sessions

Transgender voice feminisation sessions are usually every week or every other week. As you progress, the frequency of the sessions decrease.

After each session, you will receive practice materials – both physical and digital copies with MP3 recordings.

Throughout the process, if a report is required for your GP or consultant at any point, this will be produced and sent at no extra cost.

How will I know I am practising at the correct pitch?

During the session, we use software called Sing and See, which provides visual feedback of pitch.

I strongly recommend that you purchase a copy so that when you practise the vocal exercises, you are doing so at the correct pitch, therefore ‘embedding’ the new habit. It is an extremely effective piece of software for transgender voice feminisation training.

Sing and See is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. 

Transgender voice feminisation samples


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Age: early 20’s
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Cost

Prices are available upon request.

Location

At my home in Whitchurch, Hampshire, an hour north of Southampton.

Transgender voice feminisation sessions are also available via Zoom or Skype.

Testimonials

Celia is a fantastic speech therapist who knows her craft extremely well and is very professional.

However, what really makes her stand out for me is that she truly cares about her clients and her doing the best for them. Celia is not someone who is just there to do a job and collect her fee, it is obvious that she genuinely cares about her clients and trans people in general, and more than anything just wants to help us succeed in our transitions.

– EF, Hampshire

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“Celia recorded my voice at our first meeting, then between us we decided what my goals were.  I listen to that initial recording now and wonder who that boring person was!  Trust me – I sound very different now than I did then!

There are many who might say “Can you pass?”  For me the question is how comfortable, confident and capable are you that you are not in fear. Celia can give you so much help that makes all the other aspects of your life finally fit together around this body that you so want.”

AKS, Berkshire

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“I had identified a need for voice coaching and found Celia very easily through an online-search engine. I was concerned that I lived a long way from her and we would not be able to meet very often but she proposed using Skype for our weekly sessions and this worked very well.

The pace of the course and the delivery of the content worked very well for me. I could detect gradual improvements at each session and the feedback from Celia was constructive and practical.

I am extremely pleased with my new female voice.”

– CD, Gwynedd

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“Celia is a marvellous person who put me at ease immediately with a wonderful sense of humour and was professional at the same time. She is very understanding and supportive of the trans community.

I couldn’t believe my own ears when Celia played a recording from an early session and compared it with my progress after six months. I was overwhelmed and thrilled. I could never of achieved this without the kind help and support of Celia.

I can recommend Celia wholeheartedly to anyone.

It is well worth the investment in time and effort and results are incredible.”

PW, North Hampshire

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“56 may be a somewhat late age to start transitioning, but my life has been such that that was when I started. And as I started, I quickly came to realise that I’d have to arrange treatments and services myself, if I was to do this in a timely and effective way.  A friend in the trans community pointed me to Celia. ‘It’s not simply about pitch. It’s about how you express yourself; how you communicate’, she said when I called her. Ah – someone who knew her stuff and where I was coming from.

Celia’s understanding and delicacy throughout was superb, lifting me up and encouraging me when needed, correcting me when needed. I am now on the way to finding and embedding my female voice, and with this comes an ability to express myself in a more natural feminine way and be accepted as who I am, which is truly wonderful.

As a youngster I used to pray that a fairy godmother would come and turn me into a girl. But I concluded that this couldn’t happen and that fairy godmothers didn’t exist. I have since changed my view. It can happen and fairy god mothers do exist… It’s just they are not quite how Disney depicted them. And Celia is without doubt one of the most brilliant fairy godmothers I or anyone like me could have.”

– HM, Oxfordshire

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“I transitioned very late in life, and so was lumbered with a deep male baritone voice that had had over 60 years to install itself deeply into my vocal tract.

This presented a huge challenge that previous efforts with other voice practitioners, including one of the country’s most prominent, had largely failed to temper.  To say my self confidence had been dented would be a big understatement. I had even reached the point of planning voice surgery as a last ditch attempt to gain some sort of reasonably feminine voice.

And then I found Celia,  who convinced me that I was not the hopeless case that I felt, and worked hard to restore my self belief that I could really do this without surgery.

Yes, with my background it was hard work, interspersed with laughter and not a few tears,  but Celia bolstered my morale when I felt low, and challenged me with the material, much of it beautifully appropriate to a trans person, and eventually that light at the end of the tunnel started to grow brighter.

Finally the magical day when I was told I was ready to go out into the world and fly solo.  

So, with apologies to Maya Angelou …
“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.”

Well my secret was to find Celia.

Thank you so much for having faith in me Celia”

– CS, Hampshire

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I could not have wished for a better specialist in transgender voice therapy. Celia’s attention to detail and the nuances of male and female speech patterns and characteristics has helped me to make dramatic and effective changes to my voice and speech. It is difficult to be completely objective about one’s own voice, but using digital voice analysis software as part of the therapy, one can listen back to recorded voice exercises, readings of text and free-form speech as the sessions progress. I knew that my new female voice was achievable, when, during a session with Celia, she played a recording of my voice and I thought to myself, “who is that woman speaking?”

Thanks to Celia’s patient and expert support, I am now confidently living my life with the voice I had hoped and aimed to achieve. Dealing with shop, restaurant or hotel staff as well as business meetings and even some public speaking is all approached with confidence and assurance now, and any inhibitions or nervousness I had in my day to day life in relation to my voice are now dispelled. Thank you Celia.

– MG, Dorset

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