Voice Movement Therapy
There is great power in a single voice.
Voice Movement Therapy is an expressive art therapy that centers voice and vocalizations as the central tools for self-discovery, healing and growth. It is where mindful awareness meets creative, embodied expression through a therapeutic lens.
Sessions and classes can include voicework, breathwork, active imagination, songwriting, dreamwork, and drawing. Clients are invited to explore and relate to their psychological, emotional and somatic patterns and stuck places in ways that allow for deeper listening, compassion and integration. No two sessions are the same and no experience of singing is necessary. Just a willingness to be curious.
“Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) was conceived by Englishman Paul Newham, based on the pioneering methods of vocal facilitator Alfred Wolfsohn and influenced by the theatre work of actor and director Roy Hart; the acoustical analysis of otolaryngologist Dr Paul Moses; the characterological bodywork of Wilhelm Reich; and the psychological principles of C.G. Jung. It is the first in-depth Expressive Therapy which employs the human voice as its main modality and is readily communicable to people of different cultures and backgrounds. It is both creative and therapeutic in that it requires an exploration of oneself and one’s issues through the contours of the voice and through the creative enactment of one’s personal story in movement and song.” -International Association of Voice Movement Therapy
Is Voice Movement Therapy Right for Me?
adapted from iavmt.org
- I feel that working through trauma in an embodied and envoiced way would be valuable to me.
- I have emotional/psychological patterns around my voice and would like to find diversity, authenticity & power in my acoustic as well as my metaphorical voice.
- I want to connect to desire and express my whole self.
- I want to find space to breathe.
- I would like to explore voice as a way of looking at different stuck places, emotional patterns & parts of myself.
- I am tired of being silent/silenced and want to reclaim my voice.
- I want to have a more loving relationship with my body.
- I want to be able to connect with others in a meaningful way.
- I’ve tried other therapies and haven’t had success transforming patterns.