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Bradley Bull(He/Him/His)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Anxiety - Couples counseling- Depression- Existential crisis & challenges- Loss, grief, and bereavement- Relationship issues-
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Professional statement

Dr. Brad Bull is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Tennessee and Virginia. He lives in Cookeville, TN. He works with individuals, couples, and families. Many of Brad’s clients come in to address things as mild as general self-improvement or as severe as suicidal ideation. Brad is particularly passionate about serving young adults and couples. He has advanced training in life transition issues.

Brad is trained in systemic therapy, which uses life context to inform identifying causes of problems and the best solutions. In session, Brad focuses on thinking processes and finding personal meaning and mission. This approach supports clients in healing from wounds and identifying previously unimagined goals.

Brad’s style is down-to-earth. When a client first comes in, Brad focuses on building a professionally personable connection. He promotes a relationship that is safe but challenging and fun but productive. Brad earned a BA in psych with a minor in creative writing from Carson-Newman University (1988); an MDiv in pastoral counseling from Southern Baptist Seminary (1992); and PhD in human ecology from the University of Tennessee (2005). He completed an intense one-year internship as a hospital chaplain and completed his LMFT training under one of the earliest family therapists in Tennessee. He has worked on farms, in a factory, and as a UPS seasonal delivery helper, a minister, and, for 17 years, taught at three small private and two large public universities. He has travelled to and/or done service work in France, Japan, the Philippines, Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras. All this helps him connect with a wide array of people, meeting ALL people where they are, and helping them get where THEY want to go. When not counseling, he can be found biking, canoeing, writing, refinishing furniture, and watching movies.

Message to clients

Hello! When people ask me why I became a therapist, I say, “Because I want to pay forward the help I got. When I was in college, no one would have guessed my level of pain. I had been captain of my high school soccer team. In college I was elected student government president and won a state championship on the speech team. Yet one day, I raised my dorm window and thought very seriously of jumping. I’m so glad I found the help that moved me into the joy that continues to grow.

I compare counseling to driving a fully-loaded 15-passenger van—which I did many times when I was a youth minister. Imagine being in an interstate’s left lane and needing to move right. You can’t see in the mirrors. What do you do? You ask your “shotgun rider” to check your blind spot. In counseling, I’m your shotgun rider just like my own counselor is to me. I’m proud to have been shotgun rider with a brawny military veteran who called me … well, shall we say “a rugged-seated” counselor…and with a lesbian teen who liked my dad jokes.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 32 years

Private Practice, Therapist
Tennessee Tech University, Lecturer
Lincoln Memorial University, Director of Academic Excellence
Carson-Newman University, Asst. Prof. of Graduate Counseling
Bluefield University, Asst. Prof. of Psychology
First Baptist Church Oak Ridge, TN, Contemporary Worship Preacher
University of Tennessee, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Cumberland Baptist Church, Assoc. Pastor of Youth and Young Adults
East Tennessee Baptist Hospital, Chaplain in Residence
Elk Creek (KY) Baptist Church, Youth Minister
Norton Psychiatric Clinic, Louisville, KY, Psychiatric Aide
Western Recorder, KY, Staff Writer
Central Baptist Church Fountain City, TN, Asst. Minister of Activities


Tennessee: 584 - Virginia: 0717001978




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$120 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$80 - $120

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