The founder of Expressive Voice Therapy, Gwendolyn Overland, is an unconventional speech and singing teacher who considers somatic voice work to also be body and image work.
The voice is more than just a means of transport for the spoken or sung word. The voice:
- is also the resonance of inner states
- reflects psychic impulses through the body
- reverberates movements and emotions
- evokes and provokes the memory and imagination
- expresses spiritual aspirations
- creates links to personal and collective identity structures
Voice makes human nature audible, reveals contradictions and defenses, and allows limits to be felt and overcome.