‘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 full-time in 2016 I worked largely in education, state and private, mostly for the Church of England. I would describe myself today as an agnostic though I remain passionately interested in religious traditions and spiritual questions. 


I have an undergraduate theology degree from the University of St Andrews and a PhD from the University of Birmingham. My thesis examined the relationship between Christian fundamentalism and late 20th literary culture. My counselling training began with a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling and my Diploma was in Gestalt Counselling. I am currently undertaking psychoanalytic training through The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, Bristol. 

Chester counsellor Dr John Breadon

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.