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I'm not sure anybody has sat as an 8 year old and said they want to be a therapist. I didn't. If somebody has, please let me know... for me it's something you grow into as you realise how difficult life can be. It happened to me after I was broken.


I was aspirational and wanted to be a lawyer or the like. I had something approaching a "normal" career for a few years but was bugged by this sense that something wasn't quite right. So I ended up needing to see a therapist, several actually, and used the space to really explore what it was like being me and to try and make sense of how I viewed the world.


I'm not fixed. I'm not sure it's possible to be fixed.


I'm very experienced working with depression, anxiety and suicidal feelings. I've worked with addicts, people who suffer from eating disorders. I've worked with people who just don't feel quite right, or feel their relationships aren't working as well as they could be. I try and bring myself into the room - I view our time together as a relationship, of which I'm part.


I have training in integrative psychotherapy, and in existential psychotherapy, but try and approach every relationship as a unique entity and don't really subscribe to a particular approach religiously. I like being creative and try and draw from different areas like art, music and non-psychotherapy views.


I'm in my early thirties, live in South London with my girlfriend and have a collection of books as it's not hording if it's books.


For a flavour of me, I wrote something for an American colleague about suicide, have appeared on a BBC3 documentary and I've written articles and given presentations for the Society of Existential Analysis.


I can help you with most issues such as:




-suicidal feelings

-relationship problems


-anger management

-processing abuse and trauma



-victims of crime

-feelings of isolation and loneliness

-existential issues over career and the biggest question of all, what’s the point?  


t:  +44 (0)7840 180 094

e: enquiries@breathefitness.uk.com


BA(Hons) (Dunlem) Sport (2009)

MSc (Lond.) Project and Enterprise Management (2010)

Regent’s University London – Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling (2014)

Regent’s University London - MA Counselling and Psychotherapy (2017)

Regent’s University London - Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy (2018)


Level 1 Guided Imagery and Music


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)


Gestalt Sand Tray course


Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors: Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery


UKCC Rugby Football Union Level 2 Coaching

UKCC Rugby Football Union Level 1 Coaching


- Highbury & Islington

- Covent Garden

- Rotherhithe


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Ben Scanlan

Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching and Consultancy 

Professional Memberships

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)

Association for Coaching (AoC)

Charis, Charity Fundraiser

"Whilst the feedback provided by Ben focused on my individual strengths (which helped to build my confidence) it also helped me to understand the areas that I can be stronger in and how I can practically achieve this. The trainer created a safe environment to test presentation skills and reflect on how I am perceived by others - I found this insightful and liberating. Thank you Ben!"

Matt, Communications & Administrative Officer

"It was fun, interesting and made me actively think about the way I present myself when communicating. I felt like Ben encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and provided with techniques that are relevant and easy to apply to my day to day job."