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My name is Louise Milner-Smith and I am a qualified Speech & Language Therapist.

With over 15 years’ experience working with voice in the NHS, I now work privately as a voice coach, as well as offering counselling as a further support, as voice and emotions are intrinsically linked.

I’m passionate about working with all my clients, helping them to achieve their optimum vocal results. My approach is holistic and includes specialist vocal guidance and vocal exercises, all of which are evidence-based.

Each person is treated in a particular style, with a programme tailored appropriately to their individual needs.

My work focuses on the trans community and with other professional “voice users”: singers, actors, teachers, public speakers, etc.

What my clients have said about me:

About Me

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

I have 15 years’ experience as a qualified Speech and Language Therapist at St. Peters Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, specialising in voice disorders for adults and children, as well as vocal feminisation and modification for the trans community. I have also worked with actors, singers, teachers and other “professional voice users” providing instruction, vocal advice and strategies in order to achieve and maintain their optimum voice qualities.

During these 15 years, I have attended and continue to attend many courses, Special Interest Groups and Clinical Supervision sessions. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings including the general hospital acute setting — neurological unit; outpatient setting in the voice clinics; outpatient surgical voice restoration (SVR) for people with head and neck cancers, and for this work I was Macmillan trained. I worked in the community hospitals offering neurological rehabilitation and home visits. I also set up and ran workshops and training for other healthcare professionals. Whilst working in the NHS, I gained further post-graduate qualifications, including various psycho-therapeutic approaches and techniques such as solution-focused counselling which can be essential in the area of voice work.

CURRENT INFORMATION

Owing to financial cuts in the NHS for the transgender service despite a high demand, I left the NHS and set up my own practice which is called All About Your Voice. I now work with the transgender community and professional voice users from an office in my home.