Episode 29: About growth and overcoming (vocal) trauma, with Elissa

I didn’t mark my calendar for November and December of 2019 with the to-do: “Re-surface and process my vocal trauma.” But that’s what happened. For the past couple months I’ve been riding waves of memory, joy, and grief as I’ve come to understand so much more about why and how I lost my voice at age 21. In this first episode of 2020, I’ll share the up-to-date version of the story. You’ll learn why my Dad found me crying in my childhood bedroom on Thanksgiving Day, and how I found myself finishing a song I started writing 25 years ago. As we transition from one decade to the next, it’s a powerful time to be asking: in what ways am I committing to my growth?

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Show Notes:   

The winter solstice episode with Virginia: Episode 28: About the winter solstice, with Virginia Rosenberg 

Episode 0: Welcome, from Elissa (This is the one where I talk about the story of losing my voice.) 

For more information on Dr. Gabor Maté, the addiction researcher I mentioned, click here. And this is the video I watched.

My singing teacher: Stephanie Rooker. (And check out her episode on the podcast here.

My Indian classic singing teacher, Priya Darshini.

Episode 10 with my friend Chocolako, yoga teacher extraordinaire. 

Episode 5 with my Dad.

To learn more and enroll in Release Your Voice class, the 20 week program to release muscle tension, visit www.voicebodyconnection.com/releaseyourvoice. You can also attend my free masterclass, What To Do When You Feel Like You Don’t Have A Voice.


For more info about the podcast and how to join the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, visit www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

As a member of the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, you get:

  • Enrollment in the How To Speak Your Truth online course,
  • A monthly live online group coaching session with Elissa to practice using the “how to speak your truth” model,
  • A monthly interactive recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • Weekday warm ups to practice embodiment and expression, 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the podcast each week,
  • Astrological insight on the new and full moons, 
  • And access to the membership forum where you can share your experiences and get feedback.

Learn more and sign up at www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

You can find more info about Voice Body Connection and take the “What’s holding my voice back?” quiz at www.voicebodyconnection.com.

Production Credits:

Our Assistant Producer is Suzie Masser

Our Editor is Eilise Bonebright

Our Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

Our Audio Consultant is Martin Carrillo of heardrum.org

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather

Please note that Amazon links in the show notes are connected to the Voice Body Connection Associates account. All other partner links are acknowledged. Thank you for supporting the podcast! 



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