David Lee

Clinical Psychologist

About Me/Bio
Dr. David is an experienced British-trained Clinical Psychologist who specialises in helping adults, adolescents (aged 12 years and upwards) and couples with a variety of issues, including chronic life stress and anxiety, trauma, addictions, low mood and relationship problems. He has worked in the field of mental health since 2000, and has been a qualified clinical psychologist since 2006. Dr. David is extensively trained in using evidence-based therapies which include Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs), Schema Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI). He works integratively using these approaches among others. Dr. David’s skills are far-reaching and wide-ranging. He has worked extensively across many diverse healthcare settings, including outpatient, inpatient and community-based, in the UK National Health Service (NHS) and in the private sector. Dr. David has experience in working with mental health problems of all complexity. He has run three successful and thriving private practices across the North of England, and has been a clinical director and clinical lead of various services, mental health centres and outpatient clinics, both in the UK and UAE. In addition to his expertise in psychological assessment and therapy, Dr. David has accredited qualifications in addiction recovery coaching and in executive and performance coaching. Dr. David believes strongly in helping clients collaboratively, not only to overcome their current difficulties but to flourish, to thrive and to enrich themselves personally throughout the change process.


Clinic Name
OPENMINDS Psychiatry, Counselling & Neuroscience Centre
Clinic Address
Suite 902-905, Podium-4 (P4), The ONE Tower, Tecom, Barsha Heights, Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates
Work Phone Number
Both In-Person & Online

ABOUT David Lee

Clinical Psychologist
B,Sc. (Hons.), M.Phil., D.Clin.Psychol., CCAR-RCA
Licensing Authority
Dubai Health Authority
Types of Services
Additional Services
Supervision/ConsultationTeachingTrainingCorporate TalksMedia Interview/Writing
Years of Experience
AddictionAlcohol UseAngerAnxietyDepressionDual DiagnosisEmotion RegulationGriefImpulse controlLife crisisMen's IssuesMood SwingsObsessions and CompulsionsPanicPersonality DisordersPhobiasSelf EsteemSelf-HarmingSexual IssuesSexual AbuseSex AddictionSports PerformanceStressSubstance UseSuicidal IdeationTrauma and PTSD
Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)Compassion FocusedEMDRExposure Response PreventionIntegrativeSchema Therapy
Age Group
13 to 1516 to 1819 to 2122 to 6465+
Sliding scale or pro-bono
Work Hours
Sunday - Thursday (including Tuesday evenings until 8pm)
Appointment Wait Time
1-2 weeks from time of contact
Preferred Contact Method
Hoopfull Contact FormOffice

How I can help you
I work with clients aged 12 years and upwards, both adults and adolescents, as well as couples. I specialise in helping with a range of problems using an integration of approaches ranging from Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Schema Therapy. My specialist areas are addiction and trauma, although I help clients with many varied and overlapping problems, including anxiety, panic, depression, low self-esteem, childhood trauma and relationship problems.
Why I am specialized in this field
In working with my clients, I draw on my professional experience of working in mental health since 2001, my qualified experience as a UK-trained clinical psychologist since 2006, my experience as an accredited executive and performance coach, and more recently my experience in addiction recovery coaching. I also come from a position of lived experience and sustained recovery from addiction, trauma and life adversity. I believe strongly in the value of the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle of change for so many clients.
What I say to people who feel nervous or have concerns about therapy/assessment
It is normal and totally acceptable to feel nervous or uneasy about seeking therapy and looking for help. I personally honour the feeling of standing at the edge, feeling scared or uncertain, but recognising that change is needed. I have lived experience of journeying through this process myself over many years of falling and rising. I believe in the value of therapy as a way forward, both through the relationship between client and therapist, and through the approaches we use together collaboratively in our shared journey.
Sliding scale or pro-bono

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