Yes, family therapists work with individuals. In fact, most of the work I have done has been with individuals. It helps to hear “family therapy” as “systemic therapy.” Systemic therapists focus on how “big picture” factors (family, work, society) influence us and, thus, how we have to cope with them.
My training has been both academic and from “the school of hard knocks.” In 2005, at age 40, I completed my PhD in child at family studies with an emphasis in counseling at the University Tennessee. I was taking a heavy course load, working two part-time jobs, and raising two young children. I consider my time as client at the student counseling center the most important part of my training. I completed my family therapy training at Good Shepherd Counseling Center under one of the earliest family therapists in Tennessee. I started by training as an undergraduate psychology major (and creative writing minor) at Carson-Newman University. I then went to seminary where I majored in pastoral counseling and worked as an aide at internationally known Norton Psychiatric Clinic.
People describe me as down to earth. I grew up the son of teachers and grandson of farmers. I have baled hay, fed cattle, and spent a summer pulling steel from a 1500-degree furnace and driving a fork lift. I also was captain of my high school soccer team. If I’m not working, I’m riding my bike, watching a movie, reading a book, playing scrabble, hiking, canoeing, or refinishing furniture.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Sexuality, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method
VA LMFT 0717001978
TN LMFT 584
Dr. Bull has bee an excellent listener offering a lot of useful references. He does his best to be understanding and relatable. I would recommend Dr. Bull to anyone.
Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management
Dr. Bull provides healthy insight on all of my issues weekly. He also is very proficient in providing tools and strategies to use in my daily life. Within a few sessions I saw great improvement in my mental well being and relationships.
Written on Jan 31, 2023 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Dr. Bull is a great listener. He comes from a background in seminary, but is able to step outside of that perspective to understand the full picture, which was super helpful for me, having a Christian background but not exactly being a Christian. I recommend him to anybody who is dealing with substance abuse problems or dealing with childhood traumas. 10/10
Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Fantastic!!! I highly recommend Dr. Bull.
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching
Dr. Bull has literally help me to see different viewpoints of what I’m going through/experiencing. He has provided me with exercises that help me understand my feelings and practices that helps me feel better. He has been a great help!!
Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Dr. Bull is a very skilled clinician. If you are clear about what you want from therapy he will provide that 100% he is a very good listener and even though we have only been see each other for a month now I’ve already noticed improvements
Written on Jun 14, 2022 after therapy with Bradley (Brad) for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue