Many people can find they have become dependent on alcohol or drugs to manage their lives.  What started out as something fun or social has become an addiction which causes problems personally, in relationships and in the workplace.  Sometimes our addictions aren’t to substances but to behaviours such as gambling, shopping or the use of the internet; these are no less difficult and damaging. 

Psychotherapy can support you to develop the tools to stop your use of the addictive substance or behaviour (often alongside support from your GP or other health services). Many addictions will have underlying psychological causes, and psychotherapy can support you to address these issues so that you no longer need the addictive behaviour to help you through life.



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.