Michael Cahalan

Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

London

Satellite clinics

 

Tell us about your role..

I’m a Family Therapist or, to give it a fuller title, a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. Our training focuses us to work on relationships within family, friends, extended family, community and beyond.

We try to take notice of how each of us gets positioned AND positions other people -  especially in terms of differences between us such as (dis)ability, accent, age, class, culture, ethnicity, education, employment, gender, gender identity, geography, race, religion, sexuality, sexual orientation and spirituality.

 

What do you see as the most important aspect of your role?

I have a great deal of respect for people who have the courage to speak out about who they are despite the possibilities of being rejected. And I equally respect how so many families are able to find their way to get their heads around the issues to then support their young person while they explore who they are becoming, rather than who they might have been expected to be. It is a great privilege to be part of the journey families take to get to this point.

 

What advice would you give to someone coming to their first appointment with you?

I hope that young people coming to a first appointment would come knowing that they are going to be believed and that our work together will be to explore what their understanding of their gender means, now and in the future. And for them to know that all of the questions we ask and all of the conversations we have in our sessions here are intended to help make sure all the possibilities of living authentically have been considered as fully as possible.

 

What is your favourite season?

I grew up on a beach in a hot climate so my favourite season is summer. Now that I live in the UK I like the summer because of the long days and, if we get some good weather, those glorious long summer evenings. (I do still try to get to a beach whenever I can!)