George David Scanlan (Reg MBACP)

George David Scanlan (Reg MBACP)

Quakers Meeting House
22 School Lane
L1 3BT

Piccadilly House
49 Piccadilly
Greater Manchester
M1 2AP


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About me

Hi, I'm Dave (George David only on formal occasions!). I am a Registered Member with BACP and have over 25 years post-qualification experience as a counsellor in the voluntary and public sectors and am now establishing private practices in Liverpool and Manchester City Centres. I approach my counselling work with a common sense attitude aiming to help my clients find effective ways of working through their problems. I have many years experience working in a Solution Focused Brief Therapy style.

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 that you and your counsellor are working well together then you are more 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 starting out in private practice. My experience and training have allowed me to develop a common sense approach beginning with exploring with my client what is troubling them. The value of talking to an objective, 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 experience which will help clarify and make sense of what is happening. Sometimes each of these steps is enough but sometimes there may be some important background issues to explore or some future options to consider or some outcomes to work towards. I will always endeavour to work with integrity alongside you on this journey.

Throughout the process, whether short-term or longer, 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. I am comfortable working with whoever you are and whatever you bring but will be up front if I am not suitably qualified or experienced enough and will help 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 that was newly established 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’ve worked with the long-term unemployed and for the NHS.

Over the last 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.

Having recently relocated back to Merseyside, I am now starting out in private practice whilst continuing my professional development by undertaking an MSc in Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at Salford 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 - MSc Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


Liverpool and Manchester City Centre venues

Initial 1/2 hour assessment: FREE

Individual Face-to-Face Counselling: £40 per therapeutic hour

Supervision: (£20-£50 see Supervisor Profile)

Maps & Directions

Liverpool, L1 3BT
Manchester, M1 2AP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Some French


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

My Liverpool office is at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 mins walk from Liverpool Central Station on the edge of Liverpool One shops. My Manchester office is off Picadilly Gardens, near the Market Street Metrolink stop, 5 mins walk from Picadilly Station.


Monday to Friday 9-5. Some evening sessions available, please ask.

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

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