Dr John Breadon (Dip. Coun., MBACP, BD, PhD)
Hello. You may be feeling overtaken and overwhelmed by life at the moment. Family, work, sex, marriage and relationships - they may all feel like a bit of a muddle and a mess. Perhaps counselling will help? I know it did for me. When we talk at depth with a trusted other about what really matters to us we find ourselves awakening and growing.
If you work with me - your 'trusted other' - then I promise to do all I can to prepare the ground for such personal transformation to take place. All your emotions, feelings, and imaginings will be made welcome in my therapy room. l will hold and attend to all that you bring with compassion, respect and imagination.
I am trained in Person-Centred, Gestalt, Feminist, and Existential theory and undertake regular professional development, study, and monthly supervision. The events of life may still, of course, knock us over from time to time but after counselling you will be able to stand in the full flow of your life with an enhanced sense of personal choice, responsibility and freedom.
Current areas of particular interest include:
- love, relationships and marriage,
- depression and anxiety,
- irritability and anger,
- gender and masculinity,
- ageing and mid-life crises,
- spirituality and religion.
I am currently a Volunteer Counsellor at a Chester Hospice and therefore warmly invite clients currently grappling with death, dying, and bereavement.
At the heart of my working style - alongside a commitment to trust, honesty and empathy - is a lively inquisitiveness around how clients use metaphor and imagery as they tell their stories and give shape to their fears and hopes. As a result I like to work with dreams, myth, and archetypal symbolism. I also like to use poetry as a flexible tool for client growth and awareness. My consulting room (a garden office) is a 10 minute walk from the central railway station. Off-road parking is available.
Before turning to counselling full-time I was a teacher and project manager in an independent school in Berkshire. I would recommend you click on the website link above to get a broader and deeper view of my practice, my experience of life, and my vision for therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills (Birmingham, 2002)
Diploma in Gestalt Counselling (Birmingham, 2005)
Bachelor of Divinity, (B.D), University of St. Andrews, 1992-1996
PhD, Literature and Theology in the 20th century, University of Birmingham, 1997-2002
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender and masculinity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, and spirituality.
£45 for a 50 min session; a limited number of spaces are available at a reduced fee of £35. Exploratory first session lasting 30 minutes: free.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have slots available everyday apart from Sunday between 9.30am - 2.15pm and 6.30pm - 9.15pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|