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 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 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
- 2018-2020 University of Salford - 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
- 2010 Online Therapy Institute - Online Counselling Skills (BACP endorsed)
- 2015 BACP - Certificate of Proficiency
- 2018 Julie Merry - Safeguarding Training
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial telephone/online consultation (20 mins): Free
Individual face to face/online/telephone counselling: £50 per therapeutic hour (some DISCOUNTS available, especially if income impacted by Covid, please ask)
Supervision: (£60 per 1.5hr, some DISCOUNTS available - see Supervisor Profile)