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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 6th September 2021

About me

Hello and welcome to my page. I warmly invite new clients who feel this time of rapid change and upheaval might actually be a timely moment 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, intelligence and dependability.

I am trained in and practice out of Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential therapy traditions; my current supervisor works out of a psychodynamic perspective and this is starting to increasingly influence my own style. In the wider cultural field, my 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 psychotherapist. 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.

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 and myth (known as Bibliotherapy). My consulting room - a detached garden office - ensures complete confidentiality.

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

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender and identity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, spirituality and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Individual therapy: A standard 50 min session is charged at £40-£50 depending on means. An exploratory first session is charged at £25. Couples therapy costs £65 for a 1hr 15 min session. A couples' exploratory session is charged at £35.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Chester
Cheshire
CH2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS checked

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

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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John Breadon (BD, PhD, DipCouns, MBACP)

John Breadon (BD, PhD, DipCouns, MBACP)