Dr John Breadon

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(BD, PhD, DipCouns, MBACP, MNCPS Acc.)
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Chester, Cheshire, CH2
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About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I warmly invite new clients who desire to see their lives in fresh ways. Whatever the issue - sexuality, relationships, loneliness, crisis in life's meaning and purpose, past traumas - you will be met by me with commitment, curiosity and dependability.

I am trained in and practice from a base of Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential therapy traditions. My current training has more of a psychodynamic feel to it; in particular, the here-and-now relationship between client and therapist, and unravelling old ways of relating that cloud our present experiences). My approach also draws upon Buddhist psychology and feminist theories of gender and empowerment. In a time anxious about diagnoses and labels I aim for a demedicalised practice and approach to therapy.

I undertake regular professional development as well as monthly supervision with a senior psychotherapist. I walked the walk of client for four years before switching to the other side of the room. I therefore have a good understanding of what the journey of therapy involves.

I especially invite enquires connected to the following areas:

  • love, relationships and marriage
  • depression & anxiety
  • dissociation & identity
  • anger & rage
  • gender/masculinity/femininity exploration
  • ageing & mid-life issues
  • spirituality, religion, meaning & meaninglessness
  • death, dying & bereavement.

At the heart of my working style is a lively inquisitiveness around how you, my client, uses language: metaphor and imagery especially. 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 employ when relevant a wide range of imagery and visual tools (including boxes of cut-up images for creative collage work and other resources created by the Amsterdam School for Imagery). Personal journalling and creative writing might also feature in our work. My consulting room - a detached garden office - ensures complete confidentiality.

Earlier educational experiences centred on theology and religious studies; my PhD examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and late twentieth-century fiction and drama. I recommend you click on the website link (and my blogs in particular) to get a deeper view of my practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

Group Facilitation Certificate Training (current until June 2024)

Western Esotericism: An Introductory Course, led by Dr Sasha Chaitow and Treadwell's Bookshop, London (2022-2024)

The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories and Concepts (Sept 2021 - March 2022)

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCPS
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 - £55.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Individual therapy: A standard 50 min session is charged at £45-£55, depending on means. A rate of £30 is available for students or those on lower incomes. Couples therapy costs £75 for a 1hr 15 min session and £60 for a 50 minute session. 

When I work

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Chester, Cheshire, CH2

Type of session

In person
Online
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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

Online platforms

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Dr John Breadon
Dr John Breadon