Be your own voice

2018-07-18 06:01
Voice movement therapist Gina Holloway Mulder.PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

Voice movement therapist Gina Holloway Mulder.PHOTO: nosipho mkhize

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IMAGINE not being able to express your feelings or not having a voice after a difficult and traumatic situation.

Gina Holloway Mulder helps people to break the silence and re-claim their voice whether they are suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, anger, fear, lack of joy, and lack of energy or relationship problems.

Holloway Mulder was South Africa’s first Voice Movement Therapist (VMT) after finishing her studies in 2006.

“I started practicing in Joburg after I finished my studies in America. VMT is a new field and globally there are only 40 registered VMT practitioners so our work is very cutting edge.

“Voice Movement Therapy is a process which helps people to integrate the voice and the body and the psyche in the moment of expression.

It is a ground-breaking practice that facilitates growth, healing and transformation by helping people to find and nurture their acoustic and metaphorical voice.

The acoustic being the actual sound of your voice and the metaphorical being your voice in the world. These two are direct mirrors of each other. I help people to find and harness the full healing and expressive power of the embodied voice.”

She said she has a private practice; however she also practices in the corporate context.

“I run group programmes and individual sessions in the corporate environment from the front line people who are dealing with customers right up to executives and CEO’s, so VMT is really about enabling people to communicate well, to be in touch with their bodies, their breath and their voice and what they have to say in the moment of communication.”

She studied drama at Wits University and her majors were physical theatre and movement. She also studied film and worked in the film industry however VMT was her true calling.

“I have worked in film and television locally and internationally.

When I studied physical theatre and movement I realised that the process of expressing yourself through your body was therapeutic, I wanted to study dance movement therapy.

After university I also ran effective communication programmes which were more voice focused and I choreographed professionally and then that’s when I found Voice Movement Therapy which brought all of these things together; the communication, the dance movement and the therapeutic stuff that I was doing.”

She explained the challenges and said: “To study Voice Movement Therapy is expensive that’s why I want to bring training into South Africa.

There have been two trainings in SA many years ago, but I want to make this work more accessible. I believe this work is important and my goal is make this more accessible to people who are interested.

“Voice Movement Therapy is my calling. I believe that I have been put on this earth to work with people in this way.

It is hugely satisfying to watch people’s lives transform.”

She advised anyone who wishes to pursue a career in Voice Movement Therapy to gain experience by working with her. “It takes a huge amount of courage to be a VMT practitioner, it is not for everybody.

I’m in the process of restructuring the training so that we can offer it in a more accessible way, studying for this career in America is too expensive.

For more information phone 084 827 8481 or email gina@voicemovementtheraphy.co.za

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