Beren Aldridge CTA MSc UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
0789 169 3158
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.
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
My practice is based in comfortable and secluded offices in Highgate, 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 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 ten years ago. I am 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 the local mental health charity, Growing Well. I currently manage Growing Well's NHS funded therapeutic community for people with personality disorders where I am part of the team of psychotherapists and staff.
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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
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- 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 disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I charge £50 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.
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Type of session
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