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 was in disagreement. 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 of no desire to do so. But I did not 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 passion lay. I was, it could be described, rather lost. I did not really know who I was. Similarly, in the area of personal, romantic relationships, I was very unsure of myself and had extremely low self-esteem. Despite all that I had, in reality, to offer a partner, I just didn’t feel good enough. I experienced severe emotional pain, which was at times agonizing. I needed to find ways to heal and to work through the struggles that I was experiencing. To do this, I had to find out the root causes, the sources, of my low self-esteem; to analyze my past; and ultimately to reach the point when I could finally see how very valuable I am as a human being, friend, and partner.
I began by reading self-development books and before long, I had a strong feeling that I wanted to reach out to others, to offer whatever I could in the form of psychological and emotional support as others pass through hard times and as others 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.