BerenThe Porchlight Practice was founded by Beren Aldridge in 2005.  Beren has worked in the mental health field for the last twelve years, having studied at King’s College, London and then attaining a Masters Degree at City University, London in Disability Management and Rehabilitation.

Beren is a Certified Transactional Analyst and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Transactional Analysis (TA) is a readily understood theory of personality and change, developed by Eric Berne M.D., which offers a form of counselling and psychotherapy focusing on behavioural change and communication, relationships and awareness.

Beren is a member of both the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the UKCP and abides by their Codes of Professional Practice and Ethical Principles.

In 2004 He founded Growing Well a mental health charity based at Low Sizergh Farm, which combines organic growing with mental health recovery.  He currently manges the charity’s therapeutic community alongside his work in the Porchlight Practice.

Beren grew up in the Lake District, and worked and studied in London and the USA before returning to the area. He is married with three children.


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 £50 per hour.  Many clients experience relief of presenting symptoms after six to ten sessions.  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.