Avalon counselling is a Renfrewshire based counsellling service offering a range of specialist therapies in a comfortable safe space .

About Us


My name is David Shaw and I am a fully qualified COSCA CBT Dip Therapist. I offer one-to-one counselling and group therapy sessions in the Renfrewshire and Glasgow area.


My counselling practice involves Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).

Avalon counselling utilises techniques from CBT and CFT to support you to cope with:


  • Stress
  • Challenging relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Disordered eating


My experience of providing counselling has shown me that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to helping people implement positive changes in their lives. Working together, we will develop a treatment plan that works best for you. CBT involves identifying unhelpful thinking patterns and changing these by replacing them with more helpful ways of thinking. This process in turn helps you to challenge beliefs that are keeping you stuck. In changing the way you think, you will be able to learn coping skills to manage difficult emotions and modify your behaviour to overcome difficulties.


My Qualifications Include:

  • COSCA CBT Dip
  • Post Graduate Certificate Leadership in Addiction treatment services.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Drugs and Alcohol studies.
  • BA Social Science


I am fully insured and receive regular practice supervision in line with COSCA guidelines. This is to ensure I work to the highest professional standards and ethical practice. For further information on ethical practices see COSCA website here http://www.cosca.org.uk/