The type of work we propose is psycho-emotional. Our interest is in exploring the psychological and emotional issues that are related to difficulties in expression or voice. From a Gestalt Therapy point of view, voice and expression are related to our body and the way we relate to others. Our approach to improving voice and expression is aimed at releasing bodily blockages that have their origin in emotional and relational issues.
The type of work we propose is focused on dealing with emotional issues related to the topics that the person raises. It is not intended to be a substitute for practice (acting or instrumental). Rather, it makes sense when the person has the feeling that he/she does not manage to solve his/her problems by studying or practicing more.
If you are in any of these sample situations, you may be interested in our approach:
- You have muscular tensions that are not relieved by rehearsing more hours.
- Performance or exam situations transform you and your anxiety is triggered.
- You have a feeling of not being able to convey emotions through your music or your performance the way you would like to.
- You find it difficult to have a relaxed and sensitive relationship with your own body and breathing.
Gestalt Therapy works from the point of view that the body and emotions are interrelated. In therapy we work with the person as a whole. For example, an unresolved conflictive family relationship can produce a chronic tension in the throat that makes expression difficult. We work on the psycho-emotional origin of the tensions.
Our work is not directly directed to the physical body or to the vocal or corporal abilities of the person. It is not, therefore, a phoniatric treatment or a singing or diction class. Nor is it a breathing training or a medical examination. It is not incompatible with these types of treatments, but rather attempts to free the body, voice and expression in order to make better use of these other types of techniques.
What we offer is not a typical singing class, nor postural exercises, nor breathing exercises, nor acting exercises. Occasionally things like this can be done during therapy, but the work is directed, not to train the person technically, but to explore their current experience with the technique they have already mastered, in order to make better use of it.