George David Scanlan (Reg MBACP)

George David Scanlan (Reg MBACP)

Liverpool Therapy Rooms
Suite 5
34 Castle Street
L2 0NR


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About me

Hi, I'm Dave Scanlan. I am a Registered Member with BACP and have over 25 years post-qualification experience as a counsellor and supervisor in the voluntary and public sectors and now have an established private practice in Liverpool City Centre. I approach my counselling work with a common sense, down to earth attitude aiming to help my clients find effective ways of tackling their problems.

Finding the right counsellor can be a complicated process - there are lots of different counselling styles and approaches to choose from and some technical language to negotiate. The main thing to bear in mind is that most research and personal testimony shows that the single most influential factor in effective therapy is the quality of the counselling relationship. This means that if you feel you get on well with your counsellor and can trust them enough to open up to them then you are most likely to benefit from the experience.

From my Counselling Story, below, you will see that after nearly 30 years in the voluntary and public sectors I am now established in private practice. My experience and training have allowed me to develop a common sense approach beginning with exploring with my client what has brought them to counselling. The value of talking to an objective, trusted, non-judgemental ‘outsider’ in confidence as you explore what you are struggling with cannot be underestimated. It is then important that the counsellor can bring something from their professional and personal experience which will help clarify and make sense of what is happening. Sometimes there will be some important historical issues to explore and some changes to work towards. I will endeavour to work with integrity alongside you on this journey.

Throughout the process the quality of your relationship with your counsellor will be important, particularly when painful or challenging issues are encountered. I have worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds on a huge variety of issues and feel that I can bring that experience to each new therapeutic relationship. I can also call on some particular ideas or suggestions which have proved helpful to clients in the past, which may be useful for you too. I am comfortable working with whoever you are and whatever you bring but will be honest with you if I feel I am not suitably qualified or experienced and will help you identify someone who is.

If what I say makes sense to you and would like to arrange an initial session to discuss working with me then please make contact as below.

Training, qualifications & experience

My counselling story:

Having moved from Merseyside to Scotland, over 30 years ago, my counselling journey began as a volunteer counsellor with a telephone counselling service in the Orkney Islands. I then moved to Glasgow and I have subsequently counselled in addictions (with the Scottish Council on Alcohol), HIV & AIDS (on the National AIDS Helpline), prison (in HMP Barlinnie), the emergency services, local authorities and other Employee Assistance Provision (staff counselling), I have also worked with the long-term unemployed and for the NHS.

For 15 years I was a full-time counsellor and supervisor with the Employee Counselling Service in Glasgow providing counselling to the staff of over 200 other employers including Scottish Ambulance, BAE Systems, Sky, Marie Curie, Glasgow University, NHS Health Scotland, Stirling Council, Scottish Opera and the Richmond Fellowship. My final post in Scotland was as an occupational health counsellor for the staff of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, one of the largest employers in the UK.

I believe that working with people from such a huge diversity of backgrounds including socio-economic, culture, ability, ethnicity and sexuality, and across the whole range of human distress, including addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, bullying, trauma, bereavement, abuse and self-esteem, has given me invaluable experience to offer each new client I meet.

I have particular expertise in self-esteem, life transitions, trauma and addiction related problems.

Having relocated back to Merseyside, I am now established in private practice whilst continuing my professional development by undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at university.

I have been in therapy myself, have regular ongoing supervision and continuing professional and personal development. I am a BACP Registered Practitioner (MBACP) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am ICO registered, DBS certified and appropriately insured.

Training & Qualifications:

Initial Training:

  • 1989-1993 Scottish Council on Alcohol - Counsellor Accreditation

Subsequent Significant Training:

  • 1991-1994 Gestalt Training Services - Gestalt Psychotherapy Training
  • 1993 Glasgow University - Introduction to Child Psychology
  • 1994-1997 Scottish Council on Alcohol - Counsellor Supervision Training
  • 1996-2000 Various - Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training
  • 1998-2001 Frank Parkinson - Psychological Debriefing & Post-Trauma
  • 2000-2010 Various - CBT, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Equality & Diversity
  • 2010 Online Therapy Institute - Online Counselling Skills (BACP endorsed)
  • 2015 BACP - Certificate of Proficiency
  • 2018 Julie Merry - Safeguarding Training

Current Training:

  • 2018-2020 University of Salford - PGDip Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Initial meeting (1 hour): £25

Individual Face-to-Face Counselling: £50 per therapeutic hour

Supervision: (£30-£60 see Supervisor Profile)

Maps & Directions

Liverpool, L2 0NR

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Some French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No

My Liverpool office is at the new Liverpool Therapy Rooms, next to Viva Brazil in Castle Street, 2 mins walk from James Street Station.


Monday to Friday 9-7, other sessions may be available, please ask.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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