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Work with Melanie

If you're ready to absolutely love your voice, I'm so looking forward to working with you!

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Don't Stop Believing!

You're probably wondering what working with me looks like.  Guess what?! There's a TON of options!  But I should warn you... none of them are very traditional. Because that's just not how I roll.
 
Traditional voice therapy typically consists of an assessment and a number of therapy sessions determined by your therapist.  And it can be great, truly!  We have a ton of evidence that says voice therapy works wonders in a lot of contexts.  The challenge is that many people still find they don't achieve their goals because they struggle with two things: follow through, and carry over.  
 
When follow through breaks down, it's typically because let's face it, a LOT of people (yours truly included) struggle to create new habits successfully between sessions on their own.  Carry over is that elusive thing we're all aiming for - how to take what you learn in therapy and apply it in every day scenarios without feeling like you're always "on".  And it's the absolute hardest thing to realize in this work. So many people come to voice therapy with the best of intentions, and then struggle to see the change they're really after.  I was one of them.  And frankly, I can tell you from first hand experience, that can feel terribly disheartening.

Well, this is different.


What's missing from traditional voice therapy, you ask? Accountability, regular feedback, and often, consistency.  That's why when you work with me, these things are baked right in.

You get out what you put in.  Voice work isn't like a tablet you take, or a video you passively watch while you're baking pumpkin scones, or something you absorb through osmosis.  It takes readiness to make change and a willingness to do the work to get there.  Oh, it's not hard work, not at all; but it does take some amount of effort and commitment to see progress. If you're ready to be all you can be, to live out the dreams you have that you're holding until you get that perfect voice, then one-on-one direct voice therapy  is absolutely the right path for you!

Uh oh... what if I'm not ready?

 
Listen, only you know how badly you want this.  But you can stop worrying: I've got options for you no matter what stage of readiness you're at.  Just dabbling?  There's a fully DIY option for you.  Ready to dive in so deep and really make the change you've been dreaming about? Go all the way to the premium One-On-One direct therapy experience. It's all up to you. I'll support you no matter what you choose. "Ready" is whatever you make it, and wherever you are in your journey, I've got something that will fit you like a glove.

Bring it ON! I'm beyond ready!

 
Awesome!  You're ready to realize your true potential!  Here's how it works:
 

Assessment
This is where we gather all the data and determine together what path is going to get you to your goals.  And whether you choose group or one-on-one therapy, it's super important, because the next step is setting individualized goals. Aren't in the mood for that kind of intensive voice work? Don't worry, I've got you covered! Just scroll down a bit to see what else is in store!

Goals
Next, I whip all your wishes into attainable weekly bites, manageable monthly goals, and quarterly big picture results to work towards. We'll achieve those through the following:

Daily Home "Play"
It's not work, it's fun! Homeplay is a series of individualized, efficient exercises and activities that will build you solid, sustainable habits and get you to those goals by the end of 3 months, all developed specifically for you and based on what you need most that week.
 
Accountability & Feedback
This is the real game changer. Like I said; you get out of voice work what you put into it, and most people struggle with the "doing the thing" part of making change happen.  That's understandable - change is hard!  But we also know that with accountability, you'll make more progress much more quickly than going it alone.  That's why it's baked right in to the program.  Whether you choose one-on-one or group therapy, you'll fill out a quick daily typeform to let me know whether you're on track or if you need more guidance; then, you'll get feedback from me based on what you report.  With different kinds of feedback available between sessions, you'll never lose momentum because we're in contact the entire time. For quick help, I'll send an email or a short video response or demo; if you need more in-depth support, you can book additional laser coaching sessions any time you need to get you back on track. 
 
Weekly Direct Voice Therapy Sessions
You'll attend consistent weekly 45 min sessions focused on direct therapy to maximize your results.  Working with me one-on-one is a 3 month commitment, because I know from extensive experience that nobody makes the progress they really want in one session (even though we're all in a hurry, I hear you.). But I know - you're wondering "what if I crush my goals before then?"  Well my friend, then, we celebrate! I'll never make you keep or pay for individual sessions you don't need. But if you want to go really deep, history has proven that this is the perfect amount of time to dig in to those really big goals you've been almost too scared to dream about.  So I'm not letting you off the hook easy.
 
In these sessions, we'll discuss what you've been working on, I'll fine tune as needed, I'll teach new skills, and we'll always check in on your progress towards your goals. It's a team effort, whether you choose individual or group therapy, and as your coach, I give you every tool in the box to help you succeed.

 

Fees

Location

Currently, I'm accepting new clients for online virtual therapy, otherwise known as telepractice. I use Zoom, a free-but-awesome (and totally secure if you know how to set it up correctly) web-based program that we can use to do amazing work together from the comfort of, well, wherever you feel most comfortable!

I think virtual is amazing - not just amazing, but for the right person, virtual is even better than in person!!  But I get it.  That sounds utterly preposterous.  And I'm willing to bet that if you're feeling like I am, you're stressed, overwhelmed, utterly OVER this pandemic, you still have a ton of questions about how virtual could possibly be right for you.

Doing virtual sessions means two important things:

  1. We can always keep working together!  No matter where you are in the world, no matter how isolated you feel, whether there's a pandemic or there just isn't a voice therapist who really gets you in your geographic area, here's the thing: if you're feeling up for the work, and if you have a computer, a video camera, and a microphone (even ones that are built in), we can do amazing things together!
  2. Video voice training is AWESOME! There are so many benefits to video sessions! You can wear your pyjamas, there's no travel time, you don't have to pay for transit... but also, they're an amazing way to tap into self-directed learning, where you get to dive deep and figure out what's actually making the work WORK. You have to learn to listen to your body much more closely as I guide you through the same process, but without learning to rely on me to make the change happen for you.  I also get to see you in your natural environment, which can be hugely illuminating. Honestly, virtual work can be truly magical.

But I hear you. I really do.  I hear that voice that's still asking "is this too good to be true?"  So if you still have questions, or you'd like to hop on a quick call to find out why this might be the best thing you've ever done for yourself, you can always email me or fill out the contact form. I'd love to hear what I can do for you so you come out the other side of this isolating time absolutely shining.  When the world starts spinning again, you'll be on the absolute top of your game and ready to crush you've been dreaming of doing!

Oh, and full disclosure, I take all my own voice lessons virtually, and I LOVE IT!

 

Questions?

I've made answers available to most of the common questions people have for me (insurance coverage, cancellation policy, referrals needed, etc) at melanietapson.com/faq

For more details about working together, I encourage you to download a copy of the Policies and Procedures at melanietapson.com/policies

And if you still have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

 

What Do I Do Now?!

Book an Assessment
I appreciate that you are likely very eager to get working on your voice.  Everything starts with an assessment (unless you want to go straight DIY), which will help us determine together the best way to get you to your goals.

Go ahead; just click the "book an assessment" button above to get started!
 
Oh, and if you don't find a spot that works for you, please feel free to add yourself to the waitlist for whatever appointment time you like.  I try to fit people in to cancellation spots as quickly as I can, and you never have any obligation to take a cancellation spot if one comes available.  
 
And if you'd ever just prefer to speak to a human being, or have someone else help you book an appointment personally, I'm always happy to help.  Just let me know what time you'd prefer and I'll be happy to take care of booking your appointment personally.

Assessment

 Every voice therapy service begins with a thorough 1-hour assessment is $190, and includes:

  • a detailed understanding of your voice and your concern
  • a full history that looks at possible medical, social, environmental, physiological, emotional, and other contributing factors
  • a perceptual evaluation of your voice (what the sound of your voice reveals)
  • an assessment of your breathing and posture
  • for in-person sessions, a manual assessment of the muscles you use when you're speaking or singing; for virtual sessions, a guided body scan
  • detailed analysis of recordings of your voice

Together, after the initial assessment, we will discuss a plan to help you achieve your goals, and we'll work collaboratively to determine what therapy plan works best for you in terms of the options listed below.

Please never let financial constraints prevent you from getting the therapy you need.  Your financial situation is an important factor in determining what options may best serve you, and will always be considered in our therapy planning discussion.

Plans & Options

One-on-One Direct Therapy
 
This requires a 3 month commitment because I want you to get results. But don't worry; I'll never lock you in to something you don't need or can't use.  You can always cancel at any time, so long as you follow the current cancellation policy, and if you meet your goals early, voila! You're done!

For one-on-one direct therapy, the fee for each week of therapy is $190 which includes:

  • home "play"
  • accountability
  • both real-time (synchronous) and on-demand (asynchronous) feedback
  • weekly 45 min one-one-one direct therapy sessions
  • eligibility for insurance reimbursement 

And any time you want to accelerate your progress (or need to troubleshoot), bonus laser coaching sessions can be booked in 15 min blocks at $55; any time you want to add one on, just let me know.  

* I recognize that there are occasional voice concerns that really only need a couple of sessions to get you pointed in the right direction; if you feel that a couple of one-off therapy sessions would be more appropriate for your goals, we can discuss whether this is an option for you

Group Therapy

If one-on-one isn't what you need right now, maybe a group is just what you've been looking for! You'll get all the features of One-on-One therapy, only in a group format, which brings the cost down significantly!  Each week of group therapy is $150 which includes:

  • home "play"
  • accountability
  • both real-time (synchronous) and on-demand (asynchronous) feedback
  • weekly 45 min group direct therapy sessions
  • eligibility for insurance reimbursement 
  • PLUS
  • real-time motivation and support from like-minded peers working on similar goals

Do It Yourself +

If you're someone who likes to work at their own pace, are budget-conscious, or who doesn't need a ton of feedback, this enhanced DIY+ program is the best bet for you!  A 3-month DIY+ voice work* subscription is $110/weekwhich includes:

  • weeks of content, tools, resources, and home "play" built around topics related to your specific needs
  • monthly masterclasses to synthesize what you're learning plus opportunities to earn real-time (synchronous) feedback and laser coaching
  • opportunities for on-demand (asynchronous) feedback
  • a community of like-minded peers working through the content for support and motivation

Do It Yourself

If you're someone who likes to work at their own pace, are budget-conscious, and who doesn't need any feedback right now, this straight-up DIY version is the best bet for you!  There are two options: a 3-month DIY voice work* subscription is $55/week, or you can choose to purchase individual modules at $99 each.  Both options include:

  • weeks of content, tools, resources, and home "play" built around topics related to your individual needs
  • content delivered to you so you can work through it at your own pace

* DIY+ and DIY options are not eligible for reimbursement by insurance; hence they are considered "voice work" and not "voice therapy".