Whilst many of us feel down or sad from time to time, depression describes an experience that persists and is unresponsive to the usual things that make us feel better like a good night’s sleep, the comfort of friends, physical exercise and time spent outdoors.

Depression can be experienced as a persistent low mood, lack of energy and motivation, sadness, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.  It can be accompanied by anxiety, poor sleep, feelings of isolation or with thoughts of suicide.

Psychotherapy and counselling can help you to address depression, to develop tools to feel better and to understand why you feel depressed.  It can help you to address the underlying issues causing a depression, for example difficult childhood experiences, or perhaps losses or experiences as an adult.  Therapy can support the effectiveness of a course of medication prescribed by a doctor, or it can address depression without using an anti-depressant.



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.