Updated: Nov 22
There are unique challenges that individuals from the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive community face when it comes to accessing gender-affirming voice care. I’ve recently reviewed an enlightening research article (Moog and Timmons Sund, 2023), that delves into the accessibility of gender-affirming voice services. I’m excited to share this information with you and discuss how I can help you overcome barriers to care.
Understanding the Challenge: Access to gender-affirming voice therapy is a crucial aspect of helping individuals feel more comfortable, confident, and true to themselves. However, as highlighted in the research, there are significant obstacles that many people encounter on their journey to achieving their authentic voices.
Barriers to Access:
The research identified various hurdles, including the lack of information and knowledge among consumers about gender-affirming voice services.
Affordability was another major concern, with many potential clients unsure if their insurance covers these services.
A considerable number of consumers felt that providers are not sufficiently competent in providing gender-affirming voice therapy, highlighting the need for well-trained professionals.
Accessibility and availability of these services were also perceived as problematic.
How We Can Help: At True Self Speech Therapy, I am committed to making gender-affirming voice therapy accessible to all who seek it. My private practice offers a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for individuals of all gender identities. The unique needs and concerns of each person are validated, and I am dedicated to providing personalized, high-quality care. I have taken dedicated courses specializing in gender affirming voice care to ensure I provide the best possible treatment, as this type of therapy is very different from traditional pathological voice treatment.
I recognize the necessity and desire for gender-affirming voice services, including those for nonbinary and gender-expansive individuals.
I understand the importance of voice-gender congruence, and I fully support diverse gender expressions and identities.
I offer comprehensive assessments, individualized therapy, and a wide range of techniques to help you achieve your voice goals, regardless of your gender identity.
Improving Access: I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to embrace their authentic selves, and I am dedicated to breaking down barriers to care. Based on the research findings, navigating the challenging landscape of healthcare can hinder access.
Insurance and Affordability:
I can work with you to explore potential insurance coverage or other financial options, making gender-affirming voice therapy more accessible.
My practice is dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for insurance coverage for these essential services.
Visibility and Awareness:
I believe in the power of visibility and awareness, both for gender-affirming voice therapy and for the broader transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive community.
My practice aims to reach out to and engage with individuals who may have been underserved or overlooked in the past, particularly gender-nonbinary clients.
At True Self Speech Therapy, I am inspired by the latest research and its emphasis on improving access to gender-affirming voice therapy. I am dedicated to overcoming the barriers to care, fostering an environment of support and inclusivity, and helping you achieve the voice that feels most authentic to you.
Dominic Moog, Lauren Timmons Sund, “Clinician and Consumer Perspectives on Gender-Affirming Voice Services”, Journal of Voice, Volume 37, Issue 5, 2023, Pages 805.e1-805.e11, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2021.05.009.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with a qualified speech pathologist for a personalized evaluation and treatment plan.