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‘The pain is there; 
when you close one door on it, 
it knocks to come in somewhere else.’

I.D. Yalom


My overall approach is an integrative one. In practice this means I draw upon humanistic schools of therapy (Person-Centred, Gestalt and Existential) as well as Psychodynamic (Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychology/Jungian). Through the latter we will attend to the reality of the unconscious and transference issues (the interplay of the here-and-now relationship between client and therapist).

What ultimately heals us, I believe, are alive, exciting and meaningful relationships. This is what we would seek to find and build together in the therapy space. I like to consider the therapy room as a place for 'safe emergencies': somewhere you can be all of yourself, perhaps for the first time, without fear of judgement. It's a ‘rehearsal space’ too, ideal for trying out new ways of communicating and presenting yourself to the world.


Another key aspect of my approach is working with metaphor and imagery. I will support you in this regard as you tell and retell your story and give shape to your fears, hopes and fantasies. As a result I especially invite work with individuals who are keen to explore their dreams and internal imaginal worlds.


My approach also draws upon Buddhist psychology and feminist theories of gender and empowerment. I undertake regular professional development as well as monthly supervision with a senior psychotherapist. I walked the walk of client for four years before switching to the other side of the room. I therefore have a good understanding of what the journey of therapy involves.


The areas or presenting issues I am keen to work with include depression, anxiety, anger and rage.  In addition, I am keen to work in the following areas:

Gender counselling and counselling for men in Chester with Dr John Breadon

Identity and gender

At a time of significant social change and upheaval for both men and women, struggles concerning gender identity can cause us real concern and emotional pain. Constantly changing ideas about what it is to be a ‘real’ or ‘proper’ man or woman can leave us feeling disoriented and isolated. I am especially interested to work with men experiencing such gender upheavals.

Love & intimacy counselling for individuals in Chester with Dr John Breadon

Love and intimacy

Love: we crave it, we deny it, we mourn its absence, we confuse it with other things. At the heart of all flourishing relationships lies love that is open to change and renewal. But we often find that the closer the relationship the harder it can be to talk about love at all. It can also be a struggle to know how to go about creating relationships where love's essential reciprocity - that life-giving balance of giving and receiving - is valued and nurtured. If you need help in re-evaluating your relationship with love - or perhaps to discover what love really is for the first time - then I warmly invite you to get in touch.

Bereavement counselling in Chester

Death and bereavement

Though death usually comes into our lives much later than in previous generations we will all have to deal with this ultimate truth at some point. Grief is a complex emotion and often taps into other powerful feelings and instincts, especially around how we attach to significant others in our lives.  In my time as a volunteer counsellor at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester I helped people make sense of their tangled feelings around death, loss, and grief.

Faith counselling in Chester

Religion, belief, and spirituality

If you have recently left a religious group or movement you may need help readjusting to life outside of a once-cherished community. Or perhaps you’re moving from one religious position to another and this transition is causing you considerable turmoil and stress. If so, I would love to help you navigate your way through such difficult waters.

Mid-life counselling in Chester

Difficulties at mid-life

Related to the above is my interest in the impact ageing has upon our sense of self and identity. I warmly invite work with clients who are currently negotiating their way through the joys and pains of early mid-life (40–55 years old).

Identity and gender counselling, Chester
Relationship counselling, Chester
Bereavemen counselling, Cheste
Faith counselling, Chester
Mid-life counselling, Chester

Exploring what
makes for a fuller life

The majority of people come into therapy because they are experiencing mental and psychological distress. But there are other reasons why you may be seeking a relationship with a counsellor. You may feel the time is right to undertake a life review. You may consider that you’ve lived too much in the recent past on ‘automatic pilot’. Somehow taking joy in everyday life has become harder and harder for you. Working with a counsellor may assist you in opening up previously unknown or unacknowledged aspects of yourself which will enable you to get more out of living.

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