About me

I am a qualified CBT counselor providing one to one counseling.  I have 17 years experience of working in the addictions and mental health field as a support worker, team leader, group facilitator, trainer, and counselor.

I provide a safe comfortable space where you can talk in confidence about your difficulties. We will together to identify effective coping strategies and together we set out a treatment plan incorporating SMART goals, to help you adapt to change. 

I work across Renfrewshire and Glasgow and offer a range of support for anxiety, depression, self-esteem addictive behaviors, trauma, stress, and relationship difficulties.

I often incorporate Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy into our sessions. Compassionate mind training CMT can be very effective in helping to cultivate a self-soothing approach to alleviating self-critical thinking, which is a common characteristic of grief, trauma, depression and anxiety.     

I offer a flexible service in a range of venues in Paisley and Glasgow and can offer Skype counseling sessions too. I also offer a free telephone consultation to clients where I would get a clearer picture of your issue and gather your contact details.  At this point, if you decide you wish to use my service we can book an assessment appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications include

BA hons (Social Science)

Post- Graduate Diploma drugs and alcohol studies.

Post- Graduate diploma leadership in addiction services.

COSCA Counseling skills.

COSCA Further skills in counseling.

COSCA CBT Diploma in counseling.

I also have a range of CPD qualifications including group work, gambling counseling, mindfulness, ASSIST, anger/stress/anxiety management, suicide prevention motivational interviewing.

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I use an integrated approach combining Compassion focussed therapy with Cognitive behavioral therapy to help you overcome issues related to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and shame related difficulties.

I also can provide Continuing Professional development sessions and group-based therapy for a range of issues.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £40 for an initial assessment then £45 for sessions thereafter.

I offer a free initial telephone consultation to ensure that my approach is suitable for you.  Online and telephone counseling is available at a reduced rate of £35.00

I can offer a sliding scale payment arrangement for those on low incomes, benefits, pensions, and students. Evidence of income is required for reduced prices.

Free initial telephone consultations are also available to discuss your specific counseling needs.


My Hours are Monday to  Wednesday 9:00 am- 19:00 pm Thursday 9:00 am to 13:00pm.

Online and telephone therapy sessions by arrangement.

Further information

I have an interest in supporting clients in the use of compassion focussed approaches to cope with stress, anxiety, and difficulties in relationships. I also provide counseling for clients who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma.

Self-compassion is a powerful method for addressing issues around shame and guilt and can be learned using a range of mindfulness-based exercises and Cognitive-behavioral techniques.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

David Shaw

David Shaw