Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Beren Aldridge PTSTA CTA MSc UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor

The Porchlight Practice
122 Highgate

0789 169 3158

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About me

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.

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  • Highgate Office


I charge £60 for a one hour session.

Further information

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

Kendal, LA9 4HE

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

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

Older adults
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