A Q&A with Jane Ford-Farrand
1. Tell us a bit of background about yourself… (Why and how did you get into the industry? What did you do before?)
I’m a singing teacher, choral director, holistic voice coach, sound therapist and therapeutic sound training provider. My background is in classical music and most especially, early music repertoire which I still love to sing – mainly in a small ensemble. My work with voices over many years led to my understanding of the connection between voice use and overall well-being.
2. Are there any challenges you have had to overcome as a therapist? How have you overcome these?
Life is full of challenges! Early on, it was the idea that I was going to have to delve into people’s backgrounds: early childhood, possible trauma and life experiences. This filled me with utter dread! I wasn’t interested in other people’s ‘stuff’! However, I recognised that this was my path so I had to learn to embrace this aspect of my work.
3. What interests you outside of work? (How do you normally spend your spare time?)
I walk every day, practise the Five Tibetan rites and play tennis and LOADS of golf! I discovered this latter activity during lockdown and have never looked back!
4. What is your seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
My seminar is concerned with encouraging people to sing – whether they want to or not! Simply because it is a fundamental feature of being a human being and therefore we are not fully complete if we don’t use the singing voice. What would we think if the birds stopped singing??
5. What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
This topic is really the cornerstone of my professional – and personal – life. As an holistic therapist, I’m interested in the whole person and the voice is the single most obvious (yet intensely personal) aspect of self. Often, being told that we can’t sing is a message which we carry throughout life and can have devastating effects upon self-esteem, resulting in a whole host of issues – physical, mental and emotional. This notion applies to the whole human race, therapists sincluded!
6. What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
My advice for therapists is to maintain integrity – at all times. In the long run, this will pay dividends.
7. What do you consider to be the most important traits for a therapist to have?
I think my answer to this question is as the previous response. Integrity – that’s the key.