Dr Darren Bull
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This professional is available for new clients.
This professional is available for new clients.
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-enquiry through psychotherapy can be paced and faced within a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic working relationship between yourself and me; though it can be difficult and also led to upset at times, often as things are starting. This requires a disciplined commitment to regular attendance as agreed, for a consistence space to explore thoughts and emotions therapy can bring more to the surface for thinking about within the therapeutic relationship.
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. In your first contact with me, please specify which location (Hackney or Greenwich) would best suit you.
I am a qualified doctor specialising in Psychiatry, with post-graduate trainings forming my additional registration as a Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I work with people over the age of 18 from a base within Blackheath or East London. I offer once-to-three times per week sessions, providing a place to think about difficult, painful or confusing parts of life alongside the everyday happens that have their impacts, too. 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 with a common frame being 12-18 months.
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.
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.
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
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. 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 history. 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. Transgender. 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:
Initial Consultation, to be paid by the end of the session. Then, for regular sessions Invoices are sent in advance for the next month; also within this are the up-coming therapist-breaks in sessions, too. Payment is to be within 10-days.
Payment of fees, whether an Initial Consultation or regular session (inc. if missed/cancelled), form of baseline of trust & respect for the therapeutic work.
£90.00 for the Initial consultation.
£80.00 per session.
Therapy sessions are a therapeutic hour (50 minutes) and will run over a period of ~10months of the year (closely aligned to state school breaks/holidays of England).
Breaks/Inability to make a booked appointment/Endings
Any agreement, verbal or written, to meet for an Initial Consultation or regular session is binding. There is no cancellation or non-attendance non-payment option and missed sessions are charged as the space is held for you and cannot be otherwise filled with an ad hoc arrangement with another patient.
Once there is an agreement, verbally or written, to have weekly slot(s) your commitment to this place & time is reflected both by your attendance and the session’s payment.
If an end in therapy is to occur, time is required to work through this ending process. A minimum of 4 sessions are needed to allow room for this adjustment.
When I work
In clinical need outside of session, contact your local borough's 24/7 Urgent/Crisis care line ie. Camden&Islington 0800 917 3333 - City&Hackney 08000730006 - Greenwich/Oxleas’ 08003308590
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.
Outside of sessions: please contact your location 24/7 Urgent/Crisis care line for support ie. for City&Hackney 08000730006; or, Greenwich/Oxleas’: 08003308590