Supervisor George David Scanlan (Reg MBACP)
I have been supervising counsellors for 20 years and have 10 years experience supervising counsellors working in the EAP sector.
Finding the right supervisor is just as important as finding the right counsellor.
Supervision is a necessary and vital opportunity to find creative, exciting and supportive ways to develop and sustain ourselves, our work and our ethical values and commitments, in the best interests and safety of our clients, within the fascinating, challenging and ever-changing world of therapy.
I believe that the supervisory relationship is key to the quality and effectiveness of supervision. If you and your supervisor are willing and able to develop an open, trusting, reflective & effective working alliance then the work of supervision, including facing the challenges which arise, can be tackled with optimism and confidence in the integrity of the supervisory relationship.
I first trained as a supervisor with the Scottish Council on Alcohol in 1994 and have supervised counsellors on the National AIDS Helpline, in the Barlinnie Addiction Project, HMP Barlinnie and then for over 10 years, a team of counsellors in a Scotland-wide, 3rd sector Employee Assistance Provider in Glasgow.
Having recently relocated back home to Merseyside, I am now studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy at Salford University which includes a professional qualification in supervision. I am also starting out in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor.
From my counsellor profile you will see that my philosophy is humanistic and integrative and this informs my approach to supervision. I have supervised counsellors from a variety of approaches including integrative, relational, person-centred, solution-focused and cognitive-behavioural, and across the developmental spectrum from trainees to long qualified practitioners. My years in EAP & NHS staff counselling have provided me with a particular wealth of experience of a wide variety of organisational settings, the challenges of working in a time-limited way and the often conflicting demands on both the counsellor and the client.
My current university training is allowing me to revisit the theories, models and methods of supervision, to reflect on my years of experience and to explore how supervision is responding to the various demands and challenges which the counselling and psychotherapy world is clearly facing.
As part of my PG Diploma I am able to offer greatly discounted rates for the rest of 2019 (see Fees) if you are willing for basic details of our work, suitably anonymised and with appropriate confidentiality, to be included as part of my practice portfolio. Sorry, I am not able to offer this rate for non-qualified students.
If my brief outline resonates with you and you would like to begin a dialogue with me about supervision, whether short or longer term, then please contact me and we can arrange an initial meeting at your preferred location - Liverpool or Manchester. I may also be able to see you at your place of work, please ask.
Please phone or email me to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your supervision requirements.
Initial Session: the first half hour is FREE
Thereafter: Full-price £50 per session (1.5 hr)
Discount (see above): £10 per hour
(Fees correct as of Sept 2019)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some French|
My Liverpool office is at the new Liverpool Therapy Rooms, next to Viva Brazil in Castle Street, 2 mins walk from James Street Station. My Manchester office is on Picadilly, near the Market Street Metrolink stop, 5 mins walk from Picadilly Station.
Monday to Friday 9-5, evening sessions also available, please ask.
Types of client
Supervision & training