My name is Beren Aldridge and I have led the Porchlight Practice since 2005.  I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Transactional Analyst. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a friendly, experienced and professional environment and I support individuals, couples and families, with short-term problem solving and longer term personal and relationship change.

My practice is based in comfortable and secluded offices in Highgate, Kendal, adjacent to the Brewery Arts Centre and I can schedule appointment times throughout the week; during the day and in the evenings. Most clients work weekly or fortnightly.

I have many years’ experience working as a therapist with a broad range of issues and problems, with people from all walks of life and I have worked with people with significant mental health issues throughout my career.  I am very happy to discuss your issues or concerns, or my work, by telephone before scheduling an appointment.


The Porchlight Practice is located at 122 Highgate, to the right of the main entrance to the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.  The entrance is within a yard, the blue doors of which face the main road in between the road entrance to the Brewery and the pedestrian entrance (beside the youth hostel).

There is a pay and display car park at the Brewery Arts Centre and there are usually spaces free.

Contact Info and Costs

Contact:  If you would like to know more about psychotherapy or counselling, or wish to book an appointment, please call or text Beren on 0789 169 3158, or email

Costs:  One to one or couples psychotherapy or counselling happens in one hour sessions at a cost of £45 per hour.  Many clients experience relief of presenting symptoms after six to ten sessions.  Group psychotherapy lasts for three hours at a time at a charge of £30 for the three hour session.  Professional supervision costs £50 per hour.  Training courses are developed bespoke for clients and costs vary.

The Porchlight Practice reserves a number of sessions each week to be offered at lower cost to those on low incomes.  If you feel this describes your situation then please discuss this at enquiry.