Dr. David Lee is a UK trained Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families. He has worked extensively in the UK as well as in Dubai and Abu Dhabi more recently.
Dr. Lee obtained his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol.) from the University of Leeds in 2006, after completing Bachelor’s (B.Sc. Hons.) and Master’s degrees (M.Phil.) in Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2000 and 2003 respectively. He has worked in a variety of UK National Health Service (NHS) settings, both outpatient and inpatient, as a Clinical Psychologist, and specialises in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of psychological and emotional problems. Dr. Lee has experience of working in adult mental health, child and adolescent mental health, secondary care mental health services and in working with male and female inpatients with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties, including self-harm, trauma, interpersonal issues, addictions, eating disorders and psychosis. Dr. Lee also worked in the UK private sector where he was the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for a nationwide organisation providing residential care for looked after children. He was promoted to the position of Consultant in the UK after only five years of post-doctoral qualification. Directly prior to moving to Dubai in 2016, Dr. Lee established and ran three successful independent psychology practices across the North-West of England.
Dr. Lee is skilled in the psychological assessment and treatment of all emotional problems. He specialises in helping clients with depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, trauma, self-esteem issues, shame, addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, interpersonal issues and relationship problems among others. Dr. Lee also specialises in psychologically informed executive and lifestyle coaching. He uses a variety of psychotherapy, counselling and coaching approaches including Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Single Session Integrated CBT (SSI-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Schema Therapy, Polyvagal-Informed Therapy, Multimodal Therapy/Coaching (MMT/MMC), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills training, Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs), Attachment Theory and Family Systems approaches. He is experienced in delivering one-to-one therapy, counselling, coaching and group therapy, as well as in working therapeutically with couples and families.
Dr. Lee believes strongly in a holistic approach to wellbeing and in the value of adopting a tailored approach to helping all clients with the problems they are facing. He is experienced in assessing the cognitive and intellectual functioning of adults and children including the completion of psycho-educational assessment reports. Dr. Lee has completed specialist training as an Aviation Medical Examiner.
Dr. Lee is an experienced trainer, presenter and workshop facilitator. He has trained clients in the corporate sector, including blue-chip companies, on all aspects of corporate psychological wellbeing. He has also played an active role in training around mental health education, awareness-raising and challenging negative stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Dr. Lee has worked with many schools and academic institutions within the UAE and UK. He appears regularly in the local and national media, giving his professional opinion on pertinent topics related to psychological wellbeing and mental health.