Avril Burns graduated in counselling and psychotherapy from the Westminster and North London Universities in 1998. Her specialist interests include the gut-brain axis – the relationship between gut and brain and how this can affect gastro-intestinal, colo-rectal health, and psychosexual health.
She has co-contributed to the publication “Bowel Dysfunction: A Comprehensive Guide for healthcare professionals” (Springer), in a chapter which discusses psychological aspects of gut disorder, and in 2017 successfully completed training with the Tavistock Relationship Institute in psychosexual studies. She is a full member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is registered Proficient.
She is also trained in the delivery of Multiple Family Day Service Treatment for eating disorders and is accredited as a Facilitator of Parenting Groups. She qualified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 1993 and speaks French and Spanish.
She over 20 years’ therapeutic experience within the NHS and external supporting agencies and has been a specialist counselling clinician at St Mark’s hospital since 2013 in the Biofeedback Unit within Physiology. Avril offers patients interventions in both short and longer-term work in other areas including depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, relationships, trauma, bereavement, loss, OCD, phobias, family issues, parenting issues, addictions, confidence-building and self-esteem.