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

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

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About me

Hello. Family, work, relationships, marriage, sex, life's meaning and purpose - they may feel like a muddle or a mess at the moment. The right counselling relationship can really make a difference to our sense of life's meaning and purpose.

My belief is that when we talk at depth, alongside a trusted other, about what really matters to us we find ourselves coming back to life, discovering or rediscovering what our own authentic voice sounds like.

If we embark on a therapeutic relationship together then I promise to do all I can to prepare the ground for such personal renewal 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 and respect.

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 practice.

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
  • 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.

I am currently researching, in preparation for an MA, the life and work of poet Anne Sexton. Sexton spent over 7 years working with a male therapist. This relationship became pivotal to liberating Sexton's poetic voice. I aim to discover what Sexton's experience of therapy can teach us about gender relations in the therapy room and the limits, if any, of empathy.

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, chaplain, 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

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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: £45 for a 50 min session. A limited number of spaces are available at a reduced fee of £35. Exploratory first session lasting 40 minutes: free. Couples therapy: £60 for a 1hr 15 min session. Exploratory first session lasting 1hr: free.

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
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