Avril Burns

Avril Burns

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - St Albans

St Albans Al2
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  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Not available for general enquiries or therapy sessions on Sunday. 

About me and my therapy practice

I aim to put the people I support at the centre of our work. 

With 25 years' experience in therapeutic practice I have also worked with the NHS for many years specialising in parenting and family work and separately, the psychological impact of illness from gastro-intestinal and colo-rectal disorders. 

Additionally I offer support in workplace stress, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement and loss, trauma, OCD, phobias, addictions, abuse, psycho-sexual issues, parenting issues, confidence-building and self-esteem. 

I have contributed to the publication "Bowel Dysfunction: A comprehensive guide for Healthcare professionals" (Springer) and have completed training with the Tavistock Relationships Institute in psychosexual studies. A full member of the BACP and registered as Proficient, I am also trained in the delivery of family treatment for eating disorders. 

Practice description

I put the people I support at the centre of the work and will offer therapy in a way that is suitable for your needs so that you feel heard, believed and understood. 

I work integratively drawing from various modalities in a short or longer-term framework and encourage the idea of working together to make sense of the difficulties being experienced and create a sense of resolution. 

My first session

In the first session I would offer an assessment of the presenting difficulties and suggest areas which may be most useful to focus on in the time frame available over the coming weeks, months or longer. We would discuss how we would work together, your expectations and any goals you may wish to achieve. We could always revisit these guidelines throughout our work. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Eclectic, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Families, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited