John Cavanagh


John qualified as a mental health nurse (RMN) in 2007. He worked in acute services for CAMHS, inpatient and community. This also included working in an adult crisis team context.

Since qualifying as a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist in 2012, John has worked with a variety of presenting problems with individuals, couples and families including many mental health diagnosis and Family life cycle changes. These are of special interest to him alongside the exploration of identity, including ‘gender’ and ‘sexuality’.

In 2015 John qualified as a Systemic Supervisor. His interest in the supervisory relationship has continued to grow and he has taught on a variety of IFT courses since then including practice courses, supervisor courses and as a tutor on the intermediate course at IFT.

John has recently written articles for ‘context’ including transgenerational ideas and the current impact of COVID-19.

John feels privileged to work with families and his current role is embedded within a children’s social care context offering systemic psychotherapy to families where there is a risk of a family member becoming a LAC or going to custody. These families have ‘referral behaviours’ including child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, radicalisation and child to parent violence.

He loves reading fiction and nonfiction and enjoys running. John has a dog called Mylo and loves walking him in his home town of Brighton and the surrounding areas.