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Are you stuttering?
Are you experiencing vocal dysphonia?
Have you had a period of elective mutism?
Do you have restricted breathing capacity?
Are you trying to recover vocal control after a stroke?
Are you attempting to recover vocal confidence after a trauma?
Speech is a physiological, psychological and emotional coordinated action.
While speech therapy can work wonders when there is a lack of coordination, vocal production fails. You may become upset, embarrassed, despondent and may even go backwards.
The way we work is unique, intensive and specifically tailors to your own needs.
Not only am I trained as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, I was also trained as a dancer and singer when young. What this means is I have a deep understanding of supportive breathing and vocal projection.
Even though you may have worked on phonetics and vocal production, if you do not have sufficient projection, your sounds will not be understandable to others. You will not be able to maintain your communications.
Basically, singers are like ventriloquists: they learn to throw their voices. You may know someone for years but when you hear them sing, you may be surprised that they sound completely different.
This is because singing uses different parts of the soft pallet, bones in the head and breathing control from normal speaking.
We can see this when someone who normally has a severe stutter fails to stutter when they sing.
Hypnotherapy Can Help Program Your Breath Control
As a dancer, you can never run out of breath. Turns, leaps and jumps all require practicing exquisite breath control in the abdominal muscles, diaphragm and rib cage as well as spinal deportment.
You may be doing a very high impact solo on stage for four minutes that takes 10 years to train for, so you cannot mess it up.
Every movement depends on control of your breath.
We can also see in the case of Helen Keller who lost her sight and hearing at 18 months old how she learned to speak from breath control and vibration location in her own and other people’s bodies.
Most people do not consider how they sense vocal production by their body’s vibrations as it has become automatic in childhood but we do it all the time.
Polyglots (people who speak many languages) are able to reset their body’s sensing of vocal vibration each time they speak a different language.
Hypnosis Calms You so You Can Pay Attention to Your Body
People who are struggling with speaking disorders are generally so focused on sound production that they are not paying attention to their head and body vibrations.
You feel speech in your body, not just say it or hear it, so recovery requires connection with your biological sounding board. It may even require resetting the way you physically produce sound.
The emotional content of the speaking experience is phenomenal – whether you are confident or embarrassed about producing sounds.
Are you still dragging the emotional trauma of your previous vocal failures into the present time?
Are you so worried and stressed about sound production that you cannot focus or place your head and body in the right position for good vocal production?
Articulation of sound for human speech only comes with repetition of production so I also give you clear homework to do every day to practice your good vocal production and overcome your speech problems with hypnotherapy. We work together a team.
Book your appointment to get help with vocal production with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Medical Hypnotist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath in Sydney. She also works with children. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at the Australian Health & Education Centre.