Mental Health

When we open up to include the body and voice as truthful expressions of the whole Self in therapy, we also find new ways of understanding, healing, and expressing ourselves. The body and its gestures and movement qualities, and the voice in its tone, pitch, resonance, volume and clarity, are integral to the way we experience ourselves.

“In such a welcoming, safe, creative space I felt free to explore the parts of me that I haven’t been able to come close to in other therapeutic work. I have always felt that in “talking therapies” my inner censor didn’t allow the words to come out, yet something in me has been painfully longing to have a voice – My experience was so transformative it is beyond words.”
Client testimonial

Voice Movement Therapy is a process that offers many different ways of investigating emotional landscapes. We can enter through the sound of the voice, the expansion and contraction of the breath, the quality of movement, the symbology of an image, the potency of words, or silence. Practitioners compassionately hold space for the parts of the client that are wounded, vulnerable, or scared, and invite these parts towards and into a healthy relationship with the Self. In this way the unspoken and unspeakable can move out of the shadows to find a voice and the client can find liberation.

The Voice Movement Therapy practitioner is always referencing how the client’s voice and body are expressing the layers of experience. In a session practitioners listen deeply to support the client and offer invitations to explore that which surfaces. The client and the practitioner co-create with what is present, facilitating release, more freedom to breathe, or explore expressions of Self. The practitioner is attuned to the client and meets the client in voice and movement. As a non-judgmental facilitator the VMT practitioner witnesses the client in their expression of Self and provides a safe space for transformation.

Individual Therapy

In individual Voice Movement Therapy sessions you will work closely with the practitioner to achieve specific psychotherapeutic goals. The process will be sensitively tailored to your specific needs with the practitioner drawing on the various VMT principles and techniques to facilitate the desired transformation.

One-on-one sessions invite an embodied awareness of your whole being by exploring the resonant instrument of the body through breath, sound, movement, and image. We make use of the psychotherapeutic tools of reflecting back, containing, being with ambivalence and paradox, and explore the connection between self and other in the immediacy of the therapeutic relationship.

We work creatively with and through the disappointments, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and trauma that can be depleting and may be overwhelming. VMT practitioners work with clients who have mental illnesses and psychological disturbances, and with those who have experienced trauma and abuse. We work with addictions and eating disorders, OCD, self-harm, psychological distress, codependency, behavioral problems, cultural legacy burdens, and other emotional difficulties. VMT assists in the resolution of inner and outer conflict and facilitates a deep exploration of identity.

We work to encourage an experiential re-connection to being alive. By juxtaposing a block or symptom with a new opposing experience we can tranform and reconcile painful memories. We stand with you at the threshold and accompany you on your search for meaning.

Couples Therapy

In the context of Couples Therapy, Voice Movement Therapy nurtures intimacy and helps partners find an embodied connection. Couples sessions offer a safe and supportive space to voice feelings, fears, and hopes in a way that is not limited to words. The Voice Movement Therapy practitioner does not take sides but mediates to support both partners in resolving conflict. The non-judgmental space provided by VMT allows couples to explore charged issues, dissolve resentment, and openly express feelings without blame.

When couples are non-communicative or arguing and the relationship is breaking down, VMT’s embodied and envoiced approach can help partners to develop respect and openhearted listening. Developing listening skills and the courage to give voice to the silenced aspects can move the relationship towards a place of connection and understanding, or towards a place of healthy separation. With a focus on opening up multiple channels of self-expression, Voice Movement Therapy works towards healing the individuals, and thereby the relationship.

VMT deepens the clients’ body awareness, and supports couples in connecting with what they really feel and desire for themselves and for the relationship. Self-awareness is at the heart of the process; becoming increasingly aware of one’s true or authentic Self offers couples an opportunity to change habitual patterns, and for both partners to become active participants in the relationship.

When relationships are fragile or volatile as a result of such things as financial stress, addiction, betrayal, emotional distance, or sexual problems, VMT Couples work sheds light on the deeper hurt that is present and provides creative and embodied pathways to healing.

“We couldn’t put our feelings into words or even thoughts before we started with VMT. This caused communication to be unsuccessful and difficult in our relationship. The fact that we could voice, sound, or even scream without holding back or being shy in each other’s presence broke down the fences that were built and it led to a trusting and open relationship in our marriage again.” 
Client testimonial

Group Therapy

Exploring Voice Movement Therapy within a group setting can be deeply moving and powerful. The VMT group provides a space to be truly seen, heard, and validated. Sounding, moving, and creating together, we witness the diverse expressions of others. In this way our habitual patterns can be challenged; we are offered alternatives. We can become conscious of and observe what is reflected back to us and become more sensitive to our own needs, and deepen our compassion for others.
The VMT group offers a space for freedom of expression and authentic being with others, who witness and mirror with compassion and encouragement. In group work there is an enhanced opportunity to voice our vulnerability, fear, disappointment, and hope — indeed we can share our story. Our voice can resonate and harmonise with other voices, supporting others in their expression. The group can become a sympathetic, receptive audience for songs, poems, dance, free sounding, and the rewriting of our story.
The physical container of the VMT group leads to a rich, communal connection of moving, breathing, voicing, imagining, and sharing together. Inter-relatedness and community can grow and deepen where trust and safety are a priority. In VMT groups we can safely experience intimacy and begin to dissolve the barriers that keep us apart. Unresolved communal and cultural issues can be expressed, shared, and processed. We recognize others who resonate with us: we actively explore and create with others as they witness and support us. Group members discover, often for the first time, a real, in-the-moment creative connection of great beauty and fulfillment. Such experiences are of themselves therapeutic.
Workshop in Slovakia with Sebastiana Black

“Working closely with a group has grown my voice, even more, I am able to listen, to witness and be witnessed, to know when to pull back, when to change.”
Client testimonial