ARLETTE KAVANAGH

SYSTEMIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND FAMILY THERAPIST 
Professional background and experience

I am a qualified and experienced systemic psychotherapist with 20 years of experience of working in different settings, including CAMHS, NHS, Local Authorities and Charitable organisations. I am passionate about supporting people through challenging times. I work with individuals, couples and family groups supporting a range of difficulties including mental health, educational issues, special educational needs to parenting.

The research base, and my experience of offering systemic therapy, suggests that it can be helpful in a wide range of situations and for many different life challenges.  These include challenges from mental and physical health diagnoses; separation, loss and bereavement; trauma; substance abuse; adjustment to major life events; diagnosis; communication difficulties; parenting; step-parenting; and estrangement from family.

Individuals can find systemic therapy helpful when they want to understand or improve their relationships with other family members or where there have been life challenges or experiences, they would like to explore and understand.

I believe that every situation and every person is unique, and with this idea in mind I work collaboratively to build a therapeutic approach designed to fit for the individual, couple or family that I am working with. I will take the time to connect, explore and understand your challenges in a safe accepting non-judgmental space and offer and warm, compassionate and solution focused approach, where everyone has the space to speak and be heard.

Training and qualifications
  • MSc (Distinction) Systemic Psychotherapy
  • PgCert Systemic Psychotherapy
Accreditation to professional bodies
  • Accredited with the UKCP, and The Association of Family Therapy.
  • Members of the BPS (MBPsS)
Areas of special interest
  • I am particularly interested in complex trauma and the effects of families and the wider support network.
  • Family communication and resolution of conflict.
  • I work with children and adults who have been affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) ( physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect)
  • Anxiety
  • Mental health difficulties / diagnosis within the family
  • Child issues and self harm
  • Support for Foster Carers and Children and YP who are experienced in the care system.
  • Childhood challenging behavior
  • Working with children, YP and their families who are experiencing challenges due to Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • Parenting/ co-parenting / Carer challenges
  • School related issues

If you’re interested in booking an appointment with Arlette, book a free initial consultation here.

What to expect from our Therapists

We carry out rigorous checks and vet all our therapists before they join the team. They must meet with our high standards of professional specification which includes:

This means that the mental health professional you see will be qualified, experienced and competent.

We are a private mental health clinic and have a number of therapists with different specialities. Because of this, we can offer therapies to help with a wide range of mental health issues from Anxiety to PTSD and child psychology.

First, we carry out a triage step during a 15-minute free initial telephone consultation. Depending on the challenges you’re facing, we will then recommend a counsellor, CBT therapist or clinical psychologist.

We also have clinic locations throughout the North, so there is usually one not too far from you.

As a result, we can usually offer an appointment quickly and at a time and place convenient for you. But, above all, tailored to your needs.

Please note, not all of our therapists work from all our clinic locations. Contact us for information on which therapists it is possible to see at which locations.

As well as Arlette we have a number of other Clinical Psychologists, CBT Therapists and Counsellors in our team.