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
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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.