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

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

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About me

Hello. Work, family, friendships, marriage, childhood memories, sexuality. Any aspect of our lives can - and sometimes abruptly - cause us considerable emotional pain and confusion. Therapy could, for you, be a vital next step in meeting and overcoming life's always changing challenges. Much that overshadows our growth and happiness can be worked through with a trusted counsellor. These include: letting go of outdated thinking and 'should-based' living; connecting with and bringing into the light repressed aspects of personal identity; returning to the past to complete unfinished business and repair damage from early attachments.

I am trained and grounded in Person-Centred, Gestalt, Existential, and Feminist theoretical counselling models and undertake regular professional development, study, and monthly supervision with a senior counsellor. Alongside my core training I have spent 4 valuable years as a client. I know what it's like to be where you might be soon.

I especially invite enquires in relation to the following areas:

  • 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 clients use metaphor and imagery. As a result I like to work with myth, stories, and archetypal symbolism.

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 was a teacher and chaplain in various settings within the state and independent sectors. My academic undergraduate study was in theology and philosophy; my PhD examined late 20th century magic realism as a form of religious experience. 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

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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: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair 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. Occasional weekend evenings from 5.30pm onwards.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme