My name is Tracy-Lee Neville. I was born and raised in England in the U.K. in the 1970s and grew up in the City of Bristol. At age 18, I moved to London to attend Middlesex University for its European Business Management degree course, thinking that this degree was a sensible choice, but knowing that my heart disagreed. After two years at the Business School in London and two years at a Business School in Marseille, France, I graduated with a B.A. degree in European Management, knowing that I had no intention of pursuing a career in any of the subjects that I had studied, because I was not excited about any of them. But I didn’t know what I wanted to do, work-wise, instead. I spent many years in jobs that were soul-destroying for me and feeling very disheartened because I wasn’t sure which career would suit my nature and my skills, or quite where my passions lay. I was, it could be described, rather lost. I did not really know who I was.
In the area of personal, romantic relationships, I also suffered emotionally, to quite a major extent, as a result of some of the intimate partner type relationships that I have had. I’ve experienced the betrayal of trust that is infidelity. I am also a Survivor of Domestic Violence, (known also as Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Abuse). Both Domestic Abuse and Infidelity, (in fact, a form of abuse too), are far too common. “1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime” (Source: CDC, 2017), and spouses cheating on their spouses or significant others is rife too.
The emotional pain that I have felt due to various traumas led me to seek ways to heal. And I realized along the way that I had a strong desire to help others, that I wanted to be able to assist other people on their journeys of healing. The concept of “The Wounded Healer” plays an integral part in my work with clients, since often it allows me to better understand the struggles that my clients name.
I felt such a strong pull towards the idea of being in a more solid position to offer emotional and psychological support to others as they pass through difficult or/and painful times in their lives and as they undertake their own personal growth quests. So, in January 2004 I began training to become a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, in London. I later graduated with a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Northampton, England. Since moving to the U.S. in 2012, I have become licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of New York, where my official professional title is Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC. Elsewhere in the U.S. my professional title is Life Coach.
I have been working in the Psychotherapy field since October 2004. In central London, I worked with clients at a doctors’ office in the Harley Street neighborhood, at a drop-in counseling center on Piccadilly and at a counseling center on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. In Brooklyn, New York, I worked with patients in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit of SUNY Downstate Hospital. In Manhattan, New York, I worked as a Psychotherapist in a group practice on the Upper West Side. I now have a private practice in the Wall Street area of Manhattan, where I see clients for Psychotherapy. I also see clients in Brooklyn, in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.