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About me

Hi, I'm Dave Scanlan, a Registered Member of BACP with over 30 experience as a counsellor in the voluntary, public and private sectors and now work in private practice in Liverpool City Centre and online. I approach my therapy work with a down to earth attitude aiming to connect with you, explore your difficulties and help you find effective ways of working through them 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. Experience is important but so is your gut instinct. 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 and your counsellor are a good match, then you are most likely to benefit from the experience. Have a chat with a few before you decide.

I established my private practice in 2018 after nearly 30 years counselling in the voluntary and public sectors. I bring a friendly and down to earth approach and normally begin by exploring with you what has brought you to counselling. The value of talking, in confidence, to a trustworthy, non-judgemental ‘outsider’ cannot be underestimated. As our therapeutic relationship develops we will work together to make sense of how you are feeling and what is happening. There may be important issues from the past to explore, difficult emotions to work through, changes and personal growth to work towards. I will always work with compassion and 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, emotions 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, compassion and, hopefully, some wisdom to each new relationship. 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 for you or 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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


From £45.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Initial online/phone consultation (20 mins): Free

Individual face to face: £55 per therapeutic hour

Individual online/telephone: £45 per hour

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

Supervision F2F or online: £65 per 1.5hr

(some DISCOUNTS available - see Supervisor Profile)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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, Liverpool, Merseyside, 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

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

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