therapy_children_familiesTherapy with Teenagers and Families

Teenagers can sometimes experience the same sorts of problems adults can face, but without the life experience to manage themselves well.  Because teenagers’ brains are still developing, they can also lack an understanding of the risks of their actions.

Psychotherapy and counselling with the Porchlight Practice can be very valuable to teens; to provide them with a confidential space to share their worries; to provide them with tools and techniques for managing their feelings; and to offer professional support for emerging mental health concerns such as phobias, eating disorders or obsessive and compulsive behaviours.

Teenagers can often get involved in harmful behaviours such as self-harm, substance misuse and risk taking.  Psychotherapy can help teenagers to understand the risks involved in their actions and to learn tools and strategies for understanding and managing their feelings in safer ways.

Teenagers have to want this support and sometime our therapists can work with parents to help them to manage their relationships with their children more effectively.  Work can also be done with whole families as a group to support the family unit to function and communicate more effectively.



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.