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Arlette Kavanagh
Systemic psychotherapist | DH4
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Arlette is a specialist systemic psychotherapist who has over 20 years of experience working with children, young people and their families, in different capacities. She has worked in the NHS, children's services, education and the non-profit sector - supporting a range of difficulties from mental health, educational issues, special educational needs, to parenting.

Arlette has extensive experience in the area of complex trauma, working clinically with children and young people, their families and the wider ‘system of professionals’. Arlette more recently worked for a human rights organisation with survivors of trauma and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, adding to her experience of working cross-culturally.


Arlette has a Master’s degree in systemic psychotherapy. She is qualified to work with individuals and family groups and this means that she is also trained to work with children and young people from the age of 7 years.

Research interests

Arlette has a particular interest in trauma including complex trauma. She has several published articles. Please see the Complex Trauma Institute Peer reviewed Journal.

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  • BSc joint hons psychology and criminology - University of Teesside
  • MsC multimedia applications
  • MSc Systemic Family Psychotherapy – University of Leeds
  • Postgraduate certificate in family therapy and systemic practice - University of Northumbria
  • Postgraduate certificate in profound and complex learning needs (assessment and intervention) - University of Teesside
  • Postgraduate diploma systemic family therapy - University of Manchester
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