But the Catherine McEwan Foundation is here for you and we are proud to introduce our Mental Health Support Service.
For the past 22 years, Avril has been working within the NHS and helping many people of Forth Valley find a calmer and more structured self. As a practicing therapist, she helps to identify and treat mental illness in her patients, as well as help people through difficult times. As a dual life coach and therapist, she brings her passion for organisation and empathy to her work in giving people an outlet through which to rest their burdens.
Avril started her career in therapy in 1995 when she trained to become a mental health nurse, she successfully qualified in 1998 and continued to study she completed her health studies degree, CBT, mindfulness, transactional analysis, life coaching, hypnotherapy and NLP practitioner certificates. On completion of her NLP practitioner qualification she decides to start her own practice based in Alva and now brings her expertise to help support our IBD patients.
Avril’s goals are to help patients battling Crohn’s & Colitis relax and de-stress from the demands of their lives and condition. As well as active counselling and mindfulness, Avril guides each patient with personalised exercises based on research to calm the mind. Afterwards, she helps them design a plan to face the challenges ahead.
Avril is passionate about making a difference in the IBD community as she knows first hand of the nature of Crohn’s & Colitis through her son, George was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 13.
The Catherine McEwan Foundation is proud to have Avril as part of our team.