I work with transgender clients, helping you to develop your voice and communication skills, self-esteem and resilience, so that you can live a more authentic life with confidence and without fear. I also aim to create more inclusive and diverse clinical environments through education and engagement.
I believe that everyone has a unique gender journey which should be supported and celebrated by healthcare professionals – by everyone actually! It’s my job to help my clients become more comfortable on that journey, by
providing quality information about gender and about the services and supports already available in the community
which have helped so many people that I have worked with.
Authenticity matters to me. I know that by learning about and embracing our authentic selves, just a little bit more
each day, we become healthier, happier people. This is what I try to do in my own life, and what I help my clients to do too.
I know it’s not easy being different, but with the right support it does get a little easier.
I started providing services to the trans community in 2011 and quickly witnessed the potential for greatness that sits with each of my trans clients. I continue to this day to be inspired anew with every client I meet. I have seen and been part of many wonderfully positive journeys of self discovery and self expression and I truly believe that with the right support from family, friends, employers and service providers, all trans people can find their truth and live happier, healthier lives.
I founded Express YOUR Gender in 2014 as a social enterprise, so that I could reach more people who needed my support, but for whom private, 1:1 services were not feasible. As a social enterprise, Express YOUR Gender aims to source alternative funding so that services can be provided without a cost, or with a very low cost, to transgender clients.
Most recently, I completed a Master’s Degree in Women, Gender and Society, at the UCD School for Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. This really gave me a deep insight into systemic inequality and the central role of gender in our lives and societies. In 2015 I was awarded an Elevator Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, so that I could further develop Express YOUR Gender and expand my reach. You can see my acceptance speech here! It’s a bit embarrassing but it was a very proud occasion for me and very validating of the work I had done to date. You need that sometimes 🙂 In 2014 I completed the Incubator Programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. This course was pivotal in helping me make sense of the big vision I had and in gaining a sense of self-belief as a social entrepreneur.
I completed my B.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with First Class Honours in 2011. My clinical training and studies helped me develop a therapeutic philosophy which places the client in an expert role and encourages a therapeutic relationship where power is balanced between therapist and client. I believe this is critical to effective healthcare and I continue to explore this philosophy in my clinical work. As a healthcare provider I am required to engage in Continuing Professional Development annually, and have completed CPD courses in Principles of Voice Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, among others. As of 2018, I am a committee member of the Irish Voice Special Interest Group.
In 2007 I graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics, Geography & Sociology from University College Dublin. My humanities background has given me an insight into the power of language as a tool for expression as well as oppression, and into the nature of power and how unequally it is distributed within and across societal institutions, particularly legal, educational and healthcare.
I also have a FETAC Level 6 Certificate in Training & Coaching Skills and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the London Teacher Training College.
The change in my voice and communication style has been transformative. My voice passes all the time and I never have any concerns about speaking or interacting with people now. I found Rachel a sympathetic and understanding therapist who helped me realise this goal. I would recommend this therapy to anyone undergoing gender transition