shutterstock_96526114Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

People often talk about being ‘a bit OCD’, but for some people, experiencing obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviours can be deeply distressing.

Obsessive thinking  can take the form of persistent worries that keep going through your mind; sometimes these seem like important things to worry about, other times they might seem irrational but nevertheless important to continue to think over.  Compulsive behaviours can take the form of repeatedly checking things, or patterns of behaviour that have to be completed before you can move onto the next thing.  Sometimes obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours can take control of a person’s life.

Working with a skilled psychotherapist can support you to develop new thoughts and behaviours that start to interrupt the obsessive compulsive ones.  Psychotherapy can then carefully examine the fears that might lie underneath obsessive compulsive patterns, and address them properly so that you no longer need to use obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviours to maintain your feeling of safety.



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.