I’m Whitney Tougas, M.S. CCC-SLP (she/her). I’m an ASHA-certified voice therapist and expression coach working exclusively with transgender women across the country via Zoom. In this work I combine my voice therapy training with my 20 years of embodiment and expression training to support women in not only sounding like who they truly are, but in fully becoming who they truly are.
I was introduced to voice modification specifically for trans individuals during my graduate studies at NYU and believe that every human desires and deserves feeling fully celebrated for who they are. I began Haven in 2020 to serve trans women and it’s been my honor and privilege to witness, guide, and support so many women in this tender and transformational initiation into who they are meant to be and continue to become.
The most important aspect of successful gender-affirming voice modification, to me, is always how a woman feels. My approach to gender-affirming voice modification turns on its head the solely perception-focused model of most vocal modification in favor of a whole-person approach. My programs combine safe and sustainable voice training strategies to address a multitude of vocal qualities along with mindset coaching, mindfulness strategies, nervous system regulation techniques, and embodiment training within deeply intimate containers to guide clients in not only sounding like themselves, but truly becoming themselves.
In working together, women receive not only safe and sustainable voice training, but an opportunity to be seen, celebrated, and honored deeply in such a way that it shifts their entire way of existing. Clients consistently share that they have transformed not only their voice, but their confidence far beyond.