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

I work with clients with a wide range of issues and concerns such as: anxiety, stress, depression, relationship challenges, anger management, recovery from trauma, sexual issues, processing childhood experiences, eating and weight issues, bereavement, obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviour, developing coping strategies.

In my practice I integrate a range of therapeutic approaches along with my core Transactional Analysis training including:

  • cognitive-behavioural – developing tools and techniques to change unhelpful feelings
  • psycho-dynamic – understanding and changing how different aspects of our personality interact  with one another
  • relational based therapy – using the realtionship that is established between myself and client to better understand my client’s relationship patterns
  • body psychotherapy – learning how to settle our feelings by increasing awareness of of our physical experiences

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 £60 per hour.  Many clients experience relief of presenting symptoms after six to ten sessions.  Professional supervision costs £60 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.