Deborah Tee Psychotherapist And Supervisor. UKCP & ACAT (Accred.)

Deborah Tee  Psychotherapist And Supervisor. UKCP & ACAT (Accred.)


07756 864 967

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07756 864 967

About me

About me

Please note, I am not currently in a position to take on new clients until July 2018.

I am a registered UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist with a nursing background and over 14 years’ experience working in both the NHS and private sector, supporting individuals across a variety of backgrounds. I work with a wide range of issues including: relationship concerns, anxiety and depression, work problems, loss or bereavement, trauma and abuse, drug or alcohol problems, obsessive compulsive difficulties, eating disorders, personality disorders, bi-polar disorder and psychosis.

Models influencing my approach include Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness. I take a flexible approach to therapy, integrating various models to suit each individual.

I offer both short-term work (typically 6 – 10 sessions), to focus on specific areas, or longer-term therapy which allows for a deeper exploration and understanding.

In addition, I actively participate in the training of other health care professionals and am also an ACAT accredited supervisor; available to offer clinical supervision to qualified and trainee therapists.

I work at a discrete private practice in central Southampton.

Is therapy for me?

People come to therapy for many different reasons at any stage of their lives. It might be an issue or experiences from your past that seem to be interfering with your quality of life in the ‘here and now’. You may be dealing with struggles or patterns in your personal or professional relationships. Perhaps it’s a sense of identity or purpose in life you’re questioning. There might be issues around trauma, abuse, loss or a recent difficult event. Or you may not even be sure what the problem is but have that gnawing sense that something is not right.

Whatever the reason, it’s perfectly normal for all of us to experience difficult times in our lives which stir up a whole range of feelings whether anxious, sad, angry, guilty, rejected, or often a confusing mix of many emotions.

Whatever your situation, therapy can offer a safe, non-judgemental space in which you can share your feelings and experiences. By developing a shared understanding with your therapist, new perspectives or ways of looking at things can become possible. New ways of managing your issues can be explored, allowing you to move towards your goals and a more fulfilled life.

How I work

Seeking out help, especially if for the first time can be difficult, confusing or even quite frightening. It’s common to feel as if we ‘should’ be able to just sort things out ourselves, or that our issues are not as bad as everyone else’s. Some people might have had therapy in the past and are returning for further help. Others will know very little about therapy or might have natural concerns that therapy may somehow ‘change’ them in a way they do not want.

I remain sensitive towards all of these concerns and have the firm belief that the client is the ‘expert’ of their own life story. In my experience, therapy is most effective when we work alongside each other to develop a shared understanding of what troubles you. I will listen carefully to your story and draw upon my many years of training and experience to help us consider some new ways of thinking about and understanding your problems. This does not mean that your way of thinking is not valid – far from it. Therapy is actually about understanding that there are usually very good reasons why we all think and act in certain ways. Problems occur though when get stuck in patterns which are unhelpful, or if we just can’t see any other way of coping.

So making new understandings opens up the door to new possibilities. You may begin to feel differently about yourself, other people or your situation; or learn new ways of looking after yourself.

As a member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy) and ACAT (Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy) I am bound by the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct, and the ACAT Code of Ethics and Practice.

What happens at our first session?

Our first session will be between 60 – 90 minutes.

This is an opportunity for us to meet and to mutually decide whether therapy could be helpful for you and whether we feel we could work together. I will ask you some general questions about what brings you to therapy and perhaps some of your past history. It will also be an opportunity for you to say whatever you feel might be helpful for me to know or to ask any questions. By the end of the session we will agree how to proceed. If we decide to commence further sessions, these will usually be on a weekly basis. You may need a week or so to go away and think about whether you would like further sessions. Or occasionally, we may decide that therapy is either not appropriate for you or perhaps just not the right time, in which case we can think about other types of support might be helpful before we end our first session.

Therapy sessions

All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes in length. Once we have agreed a day and a time for your sessions, these will normally continue on the same day and time until you finish therapy.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Please email or telephone using the contacts provided here. Your confidentiality is assured and all emails or voice messages will only be accessed by me. I will then contact you for an initial (free) telephone consultation to discuss your needs and then if appropriate, make an initial appointment for us to meet.

Training, qualifications & experience

I take a flexible approach to therapy, incorporating what is likely to suit each individual.

I have qualifications in the following:

Dip. Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapy
Accred. Supervisor - Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cert. Counselling skills
Reg. Mental Health Nurse

I have received additional training in the following:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - PG Dip, current training
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Mindfulness based approaches
Working with people who self-injure
Working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Working with dissociation
Working with eating disorders
Using the body in psychotherapy
Family therapy
Group therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



My fee is £70 per session.

Maps & Directions

Southampton, SO15

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I am not currently in a position to take on new referrals until July 2018