Dr Darren Bull
What to Expect
Taking the first step towards finding therapeutic help can be difficult and feel daunting. A pleasant, calm and supportive environment is the base to allow the space for you to be heard. Self-examination and enquiry through psychotherapy can be paced and faced within a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic working relationship between yourself and me.
The Initial Consultation is the starting point. Here we will speak about what brought you to the point of seeking therapy and for you to ask me questions you might have. The Initial Consultation does not oblige you to start psychotherapy with me, but should you decide to then we shall arrange a mutually convenient time to meet regularly.
I am a qualified doctor specialising in Psychiatry, with post-graduate trainings forming my additional registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I work with people over the age of 18 from a base in Blackheath & one in East London. I offer once-to-three times per week sessions, providing a place to think about difficult, painful or confusing parts of life’s experiences. This alongside a space to think about everyday happens and how they have their impacts. The psychotherapeutic relationship allows space to reflect freely in ways not possible in usual relationships.
The aim for the therapeutic process is to reduce a sense of disconnect or a lack of feeling, over-feeling, stress, anxiety, distress depression or tension through self-examination. This may include finding sense in a life-situation or through symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or physical health symptoms. There are no quick fixes; self-examination requires time.
I have Professional accountability through the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a medical doctor, having worked within the NHS since 1997.
I undertook my Psychiatry & Psychotherapeutic training in North London and have worked extensively within secure & non-secure community and hospital locations with people requiring thoughtful psychotherapeutic and psychiatric care.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Some of the difficulties I helped clients with are:
Abuse survivor. Addictions. Affairs. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Anxiety. Anger. Attachment problem or disorder. Bereavement. Belonging difficulties. Bipolar Affective Disorder. Cultural issues. Depression. Dissociation. Depersonalisation. Derealisation. Eating Disorders. Emotional abuse. Emptiness. Explosive behaviour. Family and Life Crisis. Gender identity. Hate feelings. Low Self-Esteem. Ex-military-related concerns. Intra-relational conflicts. Loss of direction. Repeated manipulative Behaviour. Medically unexplained symptoms. Difficult or troubling memories. Mood Swings. Multi-cultural adjustments. Neglect in younger years. Non-dependant drunk/and alcohol use hitory. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Offending behaviours. Panic Attacks. Parenting concerns. Phobias. Post-traumatic stress & disorder. Perinatal concerns/difficulties. Personality disorders. Psychosexual Difficulties. Psychosis. Psychosomatic Symptoms. Race & identity. Relationship Difficulties. Rage. Violence and Abuse. Self-destructive. behaviours. Sexuality. Sexually acquired infection & HIV/AIDS. Sexual abuse. Stress. Self-Harm. Self-deception. Transcultural issues. Transexual & Transvestism. Sexual promiscuity. Trauma & Traumatic event survival. Violence & what it communicates/means. Work Related Issues.
£80.00 per session
Fees, agreements and a professional, psychotherapeutic working relationship:
To be paid by the end of the Initial Consultation; however, for regular sessions this is to be paid monthly in the form of a Bank transfer. Payment of fees, whether an Initial Consultatation or regular session, form of baseline of trust & respect for the therapeutic work.
£90.00 for the Initial consultation.
£80.00 per session.
To support pro bono work, if you, or the person arranging payment for your fees, earns £55,000.00 or above annually then your fee per session shall be £20.00 plus 1/1000 of your, or their, annual income.
Therapy sessions are a therapeutic hour (50 minutes), two to three times per week.
Breaks/Inability to make a booked appointment/Endings
Any agreement, verbal or written, to meet for an Initial Consultation or regular session is binding, so there is no cancellation or non-attendance option that will not be charnged. This is also true for a block booking of any number of sessions.
Once there is an agreement, vebally or written, to have weekly slot(s) your committment to this time is reflected both by your attendance and the session's payment, even if you cannot attend.
If an end in therapy is to occur, time is required to work through this ending process so a minimum of 4 sessions need to take place to ensure there is time for this.
Saturday mornings, Hackney (East London).
I can be contacted anytime via this site.
I shall make telephone contact with you within 2 working days of your contact on the telephone number you leave.