Dr Darren Van Bull MBBS, BSc(HONs); BPC registrant (Medically qualified)
Blackheath Complementary Health Centre
184-186 Westcombe Hill
What to Expect
Taking the first step towards finding help can be difficult and feel daunting. Pleasant, calm and supportive environments are offered within each of the locations I am based, allowing us the space for you to be heard. I believe passionately in the process of self-examination through psychotherapy and with my help and support self-inquiry 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 regularly meet.
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. 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 and positive aspects of your life and how they all impact on you. The psychotherapeutic relationship allows space to reflect freely in ways not possible in usual relationships. Having a reliable space to do this with me will, in and of itself, be different and form the therapeutic journey.
The aim for the therapeutic process - through us meeting regularly, reliably, over time - is, amongst other things, to reduce a sense of disconnect or a lack of feeling, over-feeling, stress, anxiety, distress or tension. This may include finding meaning in a current life-situation or meaning to illness symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, addictions/dependency or physical symptoms.
There are no quick fixes, self-examination is a challenge that requires time, but welcome wishin the right level of support.
I have Professional accountability through the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), General Medical Council (GMC) & Royal College of Psychiatrist (RCPsych). I am a registrant with the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the National Health Service (APP), the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP) and the Black & Asian Therapists Network (BAATN). I abide to these Codes of Ethics & Conduct.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a medical doctor from Bart's & The London Medical School. I have worked within the NHS since 1997, within North/Central London over the last 6 years.
I undertook my Psychiatry & Psychotherapeutic training within North London. I have worked extensively within secure & non-secure community and hospital locations with people requiring thoughtful psychotherapeutic and psychiatric care. In these posts I led the multi-disciplinary care team working with people who present with a wide range of mental health concerns.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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.
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.
£75.00 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), once 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 process this; so a further 4 sessions shall take place to ensure there is time for this to take place.
I can be contacted anytime via this site.
I shall make telephone contact with you within 2 working days of your contact Monday-Thursday, between 8.30-9.30am on the telephone number you leave within your email.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evenings, Monday to Thursday. I can occassionally offer Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays though often for time-limited periods.
Types of client