Dr. John Breadon (Dip. Coun., MBACP, BD, PhD)

Dr. John Breadon (Dip. Coun., MBACP, BD, PhD)

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About me

*Increased online support to help get you through the Coronavirus pandemic and enforced periods of isolation & free sessions for NHS frontline staff*

Hello. Life has suddenly become much more difficult, stressful, and uncertain for all of us. Some of us will cope better than others and some will need increased support - perhaps including you. To help get people through this challenging time - with mental as well as physical health intact - I'm opening up more flexibility with my online counselling services with shorter and therefore more affordable sessions. The two platforms I use are doxy.me and Zoom. The following new online options are available in addition to the standard 50 minute session:

  • 25 minute session - £15
  • 40 minute session - £29
  • NHS frontline staff - 2 free 40 mins sessions

I am trained in and practice out of Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential therapy traditions. In the wider cultural field, I am influenced by Buddhist psychology and feminist theory. I undertake regular professional development as well as monthly supervision with a senior counsellor. Part of my ongoing education comes from writing a regular blog about all aspects of humanistic therapy (see my website). I have also walked the walk before switching to the other side of the room having spent four valuable years as a client with an Existential therapist.

I especially invite enquires connected to the following areas:

  • love, relationships and marriage
  • depression & anxiety
  • anger & rage
  • gender & masculinity/femininity struggles
  • ageing & mid-life issues
  • spirituality, religion, meaning & meaninglessness
  • death, dying & bereavement.

At the heart of my working style - grounded in a commitment to the care of my clients and my openness as a therapist - is a lively inquisitiveness around how my clients use language, metaphor and imagery. As a result I like to work with myth, stories, and the chance revelations and provocations generated through the use of archetypal card decks. I also use a wide range of imagery and visuals (including boxes of cut up images for creative collage work and specially selected films for clients to watch and engage with between sessions). Personal journalling and creative writing also feature prominently alongside the therapeutic use of poetry (known as Bibliotherapy).
My consulting room (a detached garden office) is a 10 minute walk from Chester Railway Station. Off-road parking is also available.

Prior to counselling I worked as a priest-teacher in the Church of England for 16 years. My academic undergraduate study was in theology and philosophy and my PhD examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and magic realism in 20th century fiction. I recommend you click on the website link (and view my blog posts and twitter feed) to get a 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

Theological Training - Westcott House, Cambridge, 1999-2000

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender and masculinity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, spirituality and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).


Individual therapy: A standard 50 min session is charged at £45. (A limited number of lower cost options are available; please ask.) An exploratory first session lasts around 40 minutes and is charged at £20. Couples therapy costs £60 for a 1hr 15 min session. A couples' exploratory session lasting around 45mins is charged at £30.

Maps & Directions

Chester, CH2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

There is a wide two-step lift up to the consulting room.


I have slots available Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, and after 7pm Wed-Fri. Occasional weekend evenings from 5.30pm onwards.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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