Abby Weiss, M.S., CCC-SLP, C-PESL is a licensed and board-certified Speech-Language Pathologist. As a speech-language pathologist, her approach to therapy is focused on integrating evidence-based practices with holistic care in order to support my clients to experience life-long transformation and healing. She is deeply inspired by our own self-healing abilities, as well as continuing to educate herself and others about the power of words. Our words create our experience of the world around us, affecting our conscious thoughts, emotions, physical body, and our inner physiology. Her approach implements the use of highly personalized care and intention-setting that is tailored to each client.
She is experienced working with children and adults in private practice clinic setting as well as in-home intervention services. Her favorite part about working with clients with their speech, language and communication is building relationships, facilitating meaningful sessions, providing guidance to her clients to design a voice that is true to them, and supporting them in making progress toward their goals.
She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). After receiving her B.S. in Speech & Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Additionally, Abby is a Certified PESL Accent & Pronunciation Instructor by ILP Academy - Institute of Language & Phonology.
I use a model of client centered care emphasizing the importance of understanding the client's individual needs and communication situation as it affects psychosocial well-being and meeting of individual goals. Together, we develop achievable goals to facilitate functional change and achieve a better quality of life. I believe the power of healing lies within ourselves. If we can understand and access the role of our own patience, dedication, self-love and compassion, then evidence-based techniques will be far more effective and instinctively applied in our lives.
Client and clinician may meet in a location in the community that is both comfortable and natural for each client. Authentic Voice Design fosters the importance of practicing in a natural environment, rather than a separate 'clinical' space. We work to create a safe environment within ourselves in order to support organic carryover of skills and generalization to our daily lives. Session location and context shifts based on each client's individual needs. Some sessions may take place in the community (e.g., coffee shop, store, library) to practice taught strategies in real-time situations and receive feedback on live practice!
Together, we form a safe space of healing, support and deep listening. I openly discuss areas of highest importance with clients and support these areas by integrating skilled intervention techniques and holistic strategies that incorporate but are not limited to visualization exercises, mind-body connection, descriptive practice, self-reflection and improvisation techniques. Techniques may be modified as sessions are highly individualized and designed according to each client's personal needs to achieve your personal goals.
Following an initial assessment, standard treatment sessions will comprise of 60 minute sessions once or twice a week depending on the client's plan of care. Sessions may be conducted in-person or from the privacy of your home/office via telepractice if the client resides in the State of California.
Authentic Voice Design uses two-way, confidential video conferencing software, Zoom, as well as other applications to deliver services via video conferencing. Sessions held on Zoom are accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer. Accessing sessions via Zoom does not involve exchanging identifying information. In order to join the session, clients click the URL before their session to connect directly with the clinician.