John Breadon (BD, PhD, DipCouns, MBACP)
*I am currently, but slowly, reintroducing face-to-face work. This means that I'm unlikely to have space for new clients until the end of March or early April.*
Hello and welcome to my page. I warmly invite new clients who feel this time of uncertainty is actually a very good moment to see their lives afresh. Whatever the issue - sexuality, relationships, loneliness, crisis in life's meaning and purpose, past trauma - the safe yet explorative space of therapy can be a transformative experience in the journey of our lives.
A little about me. I am trained in and practice out of Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential therapy traditions. In the wider cultural field, my therapeutic approach draws on Buddhist psychology and feminist theories of gender and empowerment. 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 years as a client with an Existential therapist. I am married and have two young children.
I am currently researching the relationship between female poets of the Confessional School (Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath) and their relationship to therapy, as preparation for an MRes degree at the University of Chester in 2021/22.
I especially invite enquires connected to the following areas:
- love, relationships and marriage
- depression & anxiety
- anger & rage
- gender/masculinity/femininity exploration
- 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.
My undergraduate area of study was theology and religious studies and my PhD research examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and late-20th century fiction and drama. I recommend you click on the website link to get a deeper view of my practice, my experience of life, and my vision for therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Secular Buddhist Network - Online Group Course - After Buddhism: Exploring a Secular Dharma (Sept-Dec, 2020)
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
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender and identity, 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.