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Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH is one of the most highly qualified and experienced clinical hypnotherapists practising in Australia today who has received worldwide recognition and praise for her research and development of clinical procedures.
Do you have a stutter?
Are you suffering from vocal dysphonia?
Have you been experiencing MTD?
Does your child or you suffer from selective mutism?
Is your pronunciation difficult for others to understand?
Clinical hypnosis has proved very successful in alleviating all of these conditions because all of them partly have unconscious drivers.
In many cases the condition may be totally psychosomatic due to early trauma or mis-training of the voice production. The problem may be full time or it happens suddenly in certain situations so it is locational or situational initiated.
You may have undergone endless hours of speech therapy, vocal correction or singing tuition but have disappointingly achieved only limited results. This can even lead to a more profound lack of confidence in using your voice effectively to its fullest extent.
I teach you that your voice begins in your mind.
When I was young, I trained in singing and drama in England as I worked as an entertainer. One of the most important skills for us to acquire was to be able to fill a room or auditorium with our voice using good diction so the people at the back of the theatre could hear us and understand. And of course, we had to be able to do this without a microphone which meant having a strong, powerful voice.
However, at 11 years old I experienced a period of elective mutism and at times stuttered due to the trauma of my personal family circumstances. I had to overcome that personally to turn things around 180 degrees to start speaking in public at college.
Today, some 50 years later I still speak publicly as I teach and lecture and must be able to produce diction so even people who have English as a second or third language can understand what I am saying.
When you train as a classical singer, you have to spend a great deal of time practising your breathing so you can support the voice.
We use hypnosis to help you retrain your breathing.
Voice production is also a matter of having the confidence to use your vocal cords, pallet, head, neck, throat, diaphragm, and breathe in synchronicity to control the sounds you want to make.
The whole instrument is there but like running, ice skating or ballet, you have to have the confidence to engage with your body to get it to produce the sounds you say you want.
It does not matter how much vocal training you have: If the software in your mind is not supporting the physical actions you want to take, you cannot produce the sound.
The easiest way to explain it is like when someone has had a stroke and an area of their brain dies so they cannot move certain parts of their body. They have to relearn how to move again by retraining their brain to adapt and form new neural pathways to facilitate the software for movement.
Hypnotherapy reaches into the unconscious to instruct the brain to build new software.
Using hypnosis to help you overcome speech problems accelerates your recovery by bypassing the conscious stumbling blocks you have been putting in your own way.
It gives you the confidence to help you to have control of the way you produce the sounds you want, so you can communicate with the outside world concisely and confidently.
What is also important to consider is that all the speech therapy in the world will not help you unless you have control of your emotions.
Along with precognition to form speech come the emotional drivers that that help you control your body, muscle shape and tone, head, neck, facial muscles, throat, position of your tongue and breath control.
So, speech is driven equally by emotion and you must gain control of and generate your emotions in forming sound. Hypnotherapy is excellent and extraordinarily effective in helping to gain and maintain that control.
Book your appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath in Sydney. You can get help with your speech and singing problems by booking an appointment with me at the Australian Health & Education Centre.