shutterstock_1368039Self Harm

Many people, beginning in their teens, can experience such intensity of feelings that they feel the urge to harm themselves or to kill themselves to relieve these feelings.  Other times an urge to commit suicide can led from intense feelings of emptiness, hopelessness or despair.

It can be extremely distressing to know that this is part of your coping strategy for the difficulties of life, and working with a psychotherapist can support you to share this burden, to develop healthier coping strategies to manage your feelings, and to address the underlying problems that might be causing the intense feelings in the first place.



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.