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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 2nd September 2020

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

Chester, Cheshire, CH2
07584417942 07584417942
Chester, Cheshire, CH2

About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I warmly invite new clients who feel this time of struggle and uncertainty is actually a very good moment to see their lives through fresh eyes. Whatever the issue - sexuality, relationships, loneliness, crisis in life's meaning and purpose, past trauma - the holding, safe, yet explorative space of therapy can be a transformative experience in the journey of our lives, with the right therapist.

Though I am not taking on new client work over the summer weeks, I am starting to plan my autumn schedule now - so please do get in touch to enquire about commencing therapy with me in early-to-mid- September.

A little about me. 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 am married and have two young children.

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 resources created by the Amsterdam School for Imagery). Personal journalling and creative writing also feature prominently alongside the therapeutic use of poetry (known as Bibliotherapy). My consulting room - a detached garden office - ensures complete confidentiality whether for face-to-face work or for online therapy.

Prior to counselling I worked as a priest in the Church of England for 16 years, largely within education; the last five years of this time was spent as a chaplain, teacher and Project Manager at Eton College. My academic undergraduate study was conducted in theology and my PhD examined the relationship between Christian conservatism and late-20th century fiction and drama. 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, University of Birmingham, 1997-2002

Theological Training - Westcott House, Cambridge, 1999-2000

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

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


I have slots available most days (incl. Sat and Sun), between the hours of 10am and 2pm, and 7pm and 10pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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

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