The Porchlight Practice was founded by Beren Aldridge in 2005.  Beren is a both a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Certified Transactional Analyst and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Beren has worked in the mental health field since the year 2000. In 2004 he was one of the founders of  Growing Well a mental health charity based at Low Sizergh Farm, which combines organic growing with mental health recovery.  He manged the charity for ten years and from 2014-2018 he managed and worked as a psychotherapist in the charity’s NHS funded therapeutic community for people with diagnoses of personality disorder.

Beren has a BSc from  King’s College, London and a Masters Degree from City University, London in Disability Management and Vocational Rehabilitation.

He is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the TA Organisation, a psychotherapy training institute in Leeds. Previously he has been a guest lecturer at City University London, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster and Lancaster University.

Beren is a member of both the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the UKCP and abides by their Codes of Professional Practice and Ethical Principles.

Beren grew up in the Lake District, and worked and studied in London and the USA before returning to the area. He is married with three children.


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.