Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor
My name is Beren Aldridge and I have led the Porchlight Practice since 2005. I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Transactional Analyst. I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a friendly, experienced and professional environment and I support individuals and couples with short-term problem solving and longer term personal and relationship change.
My practice is based in comfortable offices just off Highgate in Kendal, adjacent to the Brewery Arts Centre and I can schedule appointment times throughout the week, during the day. Most clients work weekly or fortnightly.
I work with clients with a wide range of issues and concerns such as: anxiety, stress, depression, relationship challenges, anger management, recovery from trauma, sexual issues, processing childhood experiences, eating and weight issues, bereavement, obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviour, developing coping strategies.
In my practice I integrate a range of therapeutic approaches along with my core training including:
- cognitive-behavioural - developing tools and techniques to change unhelpful feelings
- psycho-dynamic - understanding and changing how different aspects of our personality interact with one another
- relational based therapy - using the realtionship that is established between myself and client to better understand my client's relationship patterns
- body psychotherapy - learning how to settle our feelings by increasing awareness of of our physical experiences
I am very happy to discuss your issues or concerns, or my work, by telephone before scheduling an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my training as a psychotherapist in 2001 and started the Porchlight Practice in 2005. I am both a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Certified Transactional Analyst, and I am a registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and abide by the Codes of Professional Practice and Ethical Principles of both organisations.
I have many years’ experience working as a therapist with a broad range of issues and problems, with people from all walks of life and I have worked with people with significant mental health issues throughout my career. I was a founder, and for ten years the Organisational Coordinator, of a local mental health charity, Growing Well. I also spent four years managing Growing Well's NHS funded therapeutic community for people with personality disorders where I was also part of the team of psychotherapists.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I charge £60 for a one hour session.
I grew up in the Lake District, and worked and studied in London and the USA before returning to the area. I am married with three children.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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The entrance to my office is accessed via four steps. For those with mobility issues I am happy to make alternative arrangements.
I work from my practice from 9.30am to 5.45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Types of client
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