Christie Block, MA, MS, CCC-SLP
New York Speech & Voice Lab
WPATH Standards of Care Yes
Christie Block is a licensed and board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist and the owner of the New York Speech & Voice Lab in New York City. She has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical specialist, teacher, and trainer of speech-language pathology, ESL, public speaking, and linguistics. Her clinical expertise primarily includes voice disorders and voice training. She is a seasoned specialist of voice-communication training and rehabilitation for transgender people, and is a committed advocate of the transgender community. She provides one-on-one and group sessions for transfeminine, transmasculine, and non-conforming gender expression. She is a contributing writer and active speaker on transgender voice for speech-language pathologists, transhealth providers, and the transgender community. Some include: Trans Bodies Trans Selves, Exercises for Voice Therapy, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York University, Southern Comfort Conference, Trans* Behavioral Healthcare Training / Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Working Group on Gender, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Christie's work was featured in a 10/14/14 broadcast on National Public Radio's All Things Considered entitled "Can Changing How You Sound Help You Find Your Voice?"
I provide a perceptual-acoustic speech/voice evaluation, including measurements of your exact habitual pitch and pitch range. I can help you identify your existing communication profile, and determine what aspects can be changed or utilized more. In training sessions, I use my trained ear, pitch software, video, a guitar tuner, and/or a simulated piano keyboard to give you the critical immediate feedback you need to learn new techniques and put them into practice. As a health professional, I take a serious approach to vocal health by considering your overall health, vocal load, and vocal habits, and I perform videostroboscopy to rule out any vocal fold problems that may or may not affect training
Although my voice was pretty decent, Christie Block helped me improve my voice and even hailing a cab my voice remains feminine. She really cares about her work and is wonderful to work with.