‘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 I worked largely in education. Most recently, between 2011 and 2016, I was a teacher-chaplain at Eton College, Berkshire. In total I spent sixteen years as an Anglican priest. I would describe myself today as an open-minded humanist. Whatever your faith or belief you will be met with acceptance. 


I have an undergraduate theology degree from the University of St Andrews (1996), a PhD from the University of Birmingham (2002, which examined the spiritual role played by the fantastic and magical realism in 20th century literature), and a Counselling Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (2005). 


A key stage in my therapeutic journey and personal development was the four years I spent working with a female Existential therapist.

Chester counsellor Dr John Breadon

From October 2016 to November 2017 I was a Volunteer Grief and Bereavement Counsellor at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester. Ageing, death, dying and bereavement remain cornerstones of my therapeutic offer.


I am in my mid-forties, married, with two young sons.

Organisation membership and Code of Ethics

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I am a Registered Member of the BACP. This can be checked on the BACP’s website for registered therapists. I adhere to the BACP’s Code of Ethics. This includes meeting the requirement for monthly professional supervision for all my client work.