Founded in memory of Russ Devereux, the Headlight Project is primarily focused on providing support for families and individuals who have suffered a traumatic bereavement. We provide one to one counselling and various trauma and behaviour therapies for both adults and children.
We work with children in schools, offering one-to-one counselling and play therapy. On request from schools we also deliver emotional resilience programmes.
We also work in partnership with local organisations to raise awareness on mental health in the workplace and suicide prevention.
The Headlight Project is not a crisis service. For crisis support please contact the Samaritans or your local crisis team or CAHMS crisis for children.
Mental health affects us all because we all have thoughts and emotions that can sometimes be difficult to understand and manage. We will all face difficulties at some point in our lives that challenge us. Anything from the pressures of daily life, going to a new school or job, losing friends, money problems, relationship issues, caring for ill relatives to losing the people we love, accidents, sudden changes in our circumstances …. Some of us unfortunately, can suffer mentally and emotionally and it can difficult to pin point the cause or reason and this too can be very difficult to manage, we often feel alone in this and can’t really explain what this is like to those closest to us.
The Headlight Project aims to help those facing the above issues. Supporting them but also helping them build the resilience they need to move forward and handle life’s challenges.
Maxine is the Lead Counsellor on the Project. She is a highly qualified counsellor and has a wealth of experience of working with children, young people and adults presenting with many different and diverse issues. Maxine mainly works with adults and young people and is trained to be congruent (open, honest and genuine), listen without judgement and demonstrate empathy. The environment in which she likes to work is warm, trusting and supportive in a private and safe place which helps individuals to talk in confidence, work through their thoughts, feelings and behaviours about whatever is concerning them, mostly at a pace the individual is most comfortable with.
Claire is a counsellor on the Project. She was a registered nurse for many years and taught counselling within further and higher education organisations. Claire trained as a counsellor at Durham University and works with both children and adults. She truly believes in the concept and process of counselling therapy and finds her role is equally challenging as it is rewarding. She feels immensely privileged to be part of the team and part of such a wonderful project
Lucie is a therapist working for the project trained in a range of therapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Lucie has been working with adults from the age of 16 and above for many years. Originally trained as an Occupational Therapist, Lucie has worked across a variety of mental health services from acute services, secondary care and learning disabilities.
Lucie currently works part time for the NHS alongside the Headlight Project delivering primary care therapies; working with people identifying and treating a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety and trauma.
Lucie is passionate about mental health; she focuses treatment on the individual and their needs tailoring sessions to support recovery in an empowering, compassionate and supportive way.
Catherine studied law in Leeds and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She has specialised in employment law and HR practice for 20 years and advises organisations of all sizes on all aspects of employment law and HR matters. At the end of 2017 she left private practice to start her own consultancy.
Catherine worked as a HR Director for an academy trust and was a director on the board of a local play group and preschool for 7 years. In 2016, she became a school governor at her local primary school in North Yorkshire. She was appointed Chair of Governors in October 2017 and served as Chair for 3 years.
Anna spent the majority of childhood living in Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire but moved to London to embark on a career in the media industry where she lived for over 10 years. During her time in London Anna has worked for publications such at The Times, The Sunday Times, Metro Newspaper and The Sun newspaper as a creative solutions specialist. She has since returned back to the North East where she lives with her husband and two children and now works for a leading property portal as a digital advertising consultant for property developers. Anna has a keen interest in mental health and has had first hand experience dealing with the effects of suicide after losing her boss Adam to suicide in 2015 and in 2018 her friend Russ who’s legacy lives on through the Headlight Project. As soon as Anna was asked to be a trustee she jumped at the chance of getting on board knowing how vitally important the services the Headlight Project provide.
Richard has spent the majority of his career working at Teesside University, in the sport and well being department providing a service for and supporting students. Sport has always been Richard’s main passion and in recent years, golf has taken up a lot of his spare time. It was through golf that he met Russ as a fellow team member and friend.
Richard feels it is an honor and privilege to have been invited to be part of the Project as a Trustee and will provide whatever help he can.
28th November 2019
An annual wine tasting event hosted by Cafe Lilli in Norton has helped raise an amazing £1100 for the Headlight…