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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 and online. I approach my counselling work with a common sense, down to earth attitude aiming to help you find effective ways of tackling your problems and growing as a person.

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. I suggest you bear in mind 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, then you are most likely to benefit from the experience.

From my Counselling Story, below, you can see that after 30 years counselling in the voluntary and public sectors I am now established in private practice. My experience and training have allowed me to develop a down to earth approach and I will begin by exploring with you what has brought you to counselling. The value of talking, in confidence, to a non-judgemental ‘outsider’ cannot be underestimated. It is then important that I bring all I can from my professional and personal experience to help clarify and make sense of what is happening. Sometimes there will be some important issues from the past to explore and some changes to work towards. I will always work with integrity alongside you on this journey and, as our relationship develops, we will tackle the issues together.

Throughout the process we will be getting to know each other better and our connection will support your therapy, particularly when painful experiences and challenges are encountered. I have worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds on a huge variety of issues and I have learnt that we all experience our problems in our own unique ways and the best I can do is to bring my experience, integrity and, hopefully, wisdom to each new relationship. I can also call on some particular ideas which have been helpful to clients in the past, which may prove beneficial to you too. I am comfortable working with whoever you are and whatever you bring but will be honest with you if I feel that I am not the best person to work with you or I feel that I am not suitably qualified or experienced.

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, personal development, trauma and addiction related problems.

Having relocated back to Merseyside, I am now established in private practice and have continued my professional development by completing 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:

Key Counselling Training:

  • 1989-1993 Scottish Council on Alcohol - Counsellor Accreditation
  • 1991-1994 Gestalt Training Services - Gestalt Psychotherapy Training
  • 2010 Online Therapy Institute - Online Counselling Skills (BACP endorsed)
  • 2015 BACP - Certificate of Proficiency
  • 2018-2020 University of Salford - PGDip (with Merit) Post Graduate Diploma Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

Additional Significant 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
  • 2018 Julie Merry - Safeguarding Training

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial online/phone consultation (20 mins): Free

Individual face to face: £50 per therapeutic hour

Individual online/telephone: £40 per hour

(some DISCOUNTS available, especially if income impacted by Covid, please ask)

Supervision F2F or online: £60 per 1.5hr

(some DISCOUNTS available - see Supervisor Profile)


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I am now offering face to face sessions as well as online (Zoom) and telephone counselling, Monday to Friday 9-7, with 'out of hours' also available, please ask.

Further information

Covid and lockdown have touched all our lives. For some it has allowed time for important reflection on what life is all about, what gives meaning and purpose to our experience. I am particularly interested in working with people who are engaging with these existential challenges.

Liverpool Therapy Rooms
Suite 5
34 Castle Street
L2 0NR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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

Additional languages

Some French


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Professionally qualified with 20+ years' supervising trainees to experienced counsellors. I will support you to integrate yourself with your approach.

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George David Scanlan

George David Scanlan