Mark Browne – Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with an integrative approach to working with clients who come with a wide range of emotional problems and mental health issues.

As its name suggests, psychotherapeutic counselling is a type of counselling that draws from theories and approaches used in psychotherapy. The emphasis is on the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client. This differentiates it from most other types of counselling.

I began as a founder member of the grassroots Co-counselling movement in Reading – mid 1980’s and then moved back up to Cumbria to train with The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling with a foundation year in the Client-centred model followed by a two year major in Gestalt Therapy.

There followed three valuable years spent working as a Counsellor in G.P. surgeries in N. Lancashire applying all that learning to the wide range of presenting issues that came through the clinic.

I trained in working with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and worked within the Special Educational Needs unit at Settlebeck School in Sedbergh as well as providing individual counselling sessions at schools across Cumbria.

More recently, I have been a Counsellor with MIND, Kendal and am currently based at The Porchlight Practice in Kendal.

I am a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Codes of Professional Practice and Ethical Principles.


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.