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‘Courage is not the absence of despair;
it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead
in spite of despair.’

Rollo May

about me

Before turning to therapy and counselling in 2016 I worked largely in the world of education, state and private. I have an undergraduate theology degree from the University of St Andrews and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. My postgraduate thesis examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and late-twentieth century literary culture.


My therapy training began with a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling in 2005 followed by a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling came in 2009. More recently I have undertaken psychoanalytic training with The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy in Bristol (2019-20) and am currently embarked on an online one-year study of the Western Esoteric tradition with Dr Sasha Chaitow and Treadwell’s Bookshop, London.

Chester counsellor Dr John Breadon

Organisation membership and Code of Ethics

I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and an Accredited Member of the NCPS (National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society). These details can be checked on the BACP website and the NCPS website. I adhere to the BACP’s and the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society's Code of Ethics. This includes meeting the requirement for monthly professional supervision for all my client work.

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John Breadon - accredited member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
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