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

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

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About me

Hello. Whatever the cause - family, work, relationships, marriage, childhood memories, sexuality - sometimes we have a growing sense deep within us that all is not OK and a change has to come. The good news is that with therapy our mental pain, whatever its origin, can be made sense of and worked through.

If you decide to embark on a therapeutic relationship with me I pledge to do all I can to prepare the ground for such personal renewal to take place. All your feelings, thoughts and fantasies will be made welcome. When you bring them into the light they will be met with open-hearted curiosity and compassion. The space we will make together will be one of support and respect, though at times it may also be painful and challenging. I will relate to all of you, not just the nice or acceptable parts.

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 therapeutic style and practice.

Current areas of particular interest include:

  • 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 my 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, stories, and archetypal symbolism.

My consulting room (a garden office) is a 10 minute walk from the central railway station. Off-road parking is available.

Prior to counselling I was a teacher and chaplain in various settings within the state and independent sectors. I recommend you click on the website link (and view my twitter feed) to get a broader and deeper view of my practice, my experience of life, and my vision of therapy and what it can offer.

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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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gender and masculinity, ageing, crisis at mid-life, religion, belief, and spirituality.


Individual therapy: A 50 min session is charged between £30 and £45, depending on means. An exploratory first session lasts around 40 minutes and is not charged. Couples therapy costs £60 for a 1hr 15 min session. Once again, an exploratory lasting around 55mins is 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
Employee Assistance Programme