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 Dave Scanlan - MBACP - Counsellor & Supervisor
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My counselling journey started 30 years ago off the North of Scotland training as a counsellor for a new telephone helpline service in the Orkney Islands. I’ve since worked as a staff counsellor for the NHS, a senior addiction counsellor in Barlinnie prison, counselling supervisor in the HIV/AIDS field and across the board in the employed and unemployed sectors. Clients have come from a wide range of backgrounds including the emergency services, refugees, local authorities and the long-term unemployed. I have now set up in private practice back home in Merseyside and have returned to university to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy (Supervision).

Online & Telephone Counselling.


I have 30 years’ experience in telephone counselling and in 2010 trained as an online therapist. Due to the Corona virus lockdown, this experience has proved invaluable as face to face counselling came to a standstill. Telephone counselling is very effective but using FaceTime, Skype or other platforms provides additional, important contact for the counselling relationship to flourish. 


As the lockdown eases, I am offering a choice of face to face or remote sessions. I am currently specialising in online work, so if you are anxious about face to face or would simply prefer working online, please indicate this in your initial contact and we will arrange an online appointment.


I have particular experience with NHS, social care staff and the emergency services. I worked for 15 years in the workplace counselling sector, so I can offer significant support if you are struggling with your employment direction. I also specialise in addictions and working with those making major life changes. This year has brought us many challenges and raised many issues, we have been reflecting on our life journeys, relationships and careers, we have faced trauma, loss, bereavement, hardship and isolation. These are challenging times when support is most needed, often for those who have never thought of seeking help before. If you would like to discuss your options, please phone or email Liverpool Therapy Rooms and we will help you find the support you need.


Online Supervision.


If you are a counsellor looking for supervision, I am currently offering online sessions. I have particular experience with person-centred counsellors, addiction counsellors and those looking to develop their own integrative approach following initial training.

Session fees

Online or face to face - 1 hr - £55.00 

Supervision - 1 1/2 hrs - £65.00 

BACP requirement for supervision is 1 1/2 hrs

Qualifications & Training:


Current Training:


2018-2020 University of Salford - PGDip Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)


Initial Training:


❖ 1989-1993 Alcohol Counsellor Accreditation


Subsequent Significant Training:


❖ 1991-1994 Gestalt Psychotherapy Training

❖ 1993 Introduction to Child Psychology (Glasgow University)

❖ 1994-1997 Counsellor Supervision Training

❖ 1996-2000 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Training

❖ 1998-2001 Psychological Debriefing & Post-Trauma

❖ 2000-2010 CBT, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Equality & Diversity

❖ 2010 Online Counselling Skills (BACP endorsed)

❖ 2015 BACP Certificate of Proficiency

❖ 2018 Safeguarding Training


I am a registered member of BACP and have appropriate insurance, ICO registration, DBS certificate and regular supervision. You can find more information about me on the Counselling-Directory website and Psychology Today.