What Are the Theories, Methods and Techniques Underpinning Vocal Psychotherapy? An Interpretive Hermeneutic Literature Review
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This dissertation seeks to examine, through an interpretive, hermeneutic literature review, the theories, methods and techniques of vocal psychotherapy. The core techniques of toning, vocal holding and free associative singing will be explored and critiqued. This exploration seeks to gain deeper understanding of how researchers, and practitioners understand these vocal techniques and the ways in which they foster healing within a psychotherapeutic framework. This dissertation will add further knowledge to an emerging field by drawing on research through published writing in the areas of neuroscience, developmental theory and theories of the self. This study is limited to exploring the topic within the dyadic therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.