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

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

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About me

*** New Year offer for New Clients: Save 40% when you book a block of 6 sessions (total cost £162). Please email or call for full details ***

Hello. The end of one year and the beginning of the next can be a time of painful transition and self-discovery. Family, work, relationships, marriage, childhood memories, sexuality - all can open up in surprising ways. If you decide to embark on a therapeutic relationship with me you will find a welcoming space in which you will meet yourself afresh. Much can be experienced in good therapy, including: letting go of outdated thinking and 'should-based' living; connecting and befriending shadowy aspects of your life that have long been driven out of awareness; regarding the past, including your childhood, differently so that living in the present is enhanced.

I am trained and grounded in Person-Centred, Gestalt, Feminist, and Existential theory and undertake regular professional development, study, and monthly supervision. My own experience as client - over 4 years with a female Existential therapist - remains central to my therapeutic style and practice.

Current areas of particular interest include:

  • love, relationships and marriage
  • depression and anxiety
  • irritability and anger
  • gender and masculinity
  • ageing and mid-life issues
  • spirituality and religion
  • 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 my clients use metaphor and imagery. As a result I like to work with dreams, myth, stories, and archetypal symbolism.

My consulting room (a detached garden office) is a 10 minute walk from the central railway station. Off-road parking is also available. I see no more than 12 clients per week so my focus and freshness is always where I need it to be.

Prior to counselling I was a teacher and chaplain in various settings within the state and independent sectors. I recommend you click on the website link (and view my twitter feed) 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

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender and masculinity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, and spirituality.


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 not charged. Couples therapy costs £60 for a 1hr 15 min session. A couples' exploratory session lasting around 45mins is also not charged.

Maps & Directions

Chester, CH2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have slots available everyday apart from Sunday between 9.30am - 2.15pm and 6.30pm - 9.15pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme