“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.”
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.
A move to calmness
A beautiful gift
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.
Witnessing the change
Working through feelings
“Singing is the expression of a person, an attempt to realize the individual Self; the individual Self seen here as the centre of psychological substance.”
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.
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.
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.”