Founded in memory of Russ Devereux, the Headlight Project is working with children in schools to deliver emotional resilience programmes, as well as one-to-one counselling and also offers equivalent services for adults. We also work in partnership with organisations to raise awareness on mental health in the workplace and suicide prevention.
The Headlight Project has a particular focus in supporting individuals and families who have been affected by suicide.
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 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 and and has worked in the charitable sector supporting individuals of all ages, mainly on a one to one basis, for many years. Her passion is for working with children and young people, for which she has a special talent, and in working creatively to show that there are ways, other than talking, to express what might be going on with the individual. This entails using art, craft and games so that therapeutic work is non-threatening.
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 her 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.
Catherine studied law in Leeds and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She has specialised in employment law and HR practice for 16 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.
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.
28th November 2019
An annual wine tasting event hosted by Cafe Lilli in Norton has helped raise an amazing £1100 for the Headlight…
4th November 2019
Two emotional standing ovations for award-winners Professor Jane Turner and Catherine Devereux were the highlights of the second annual Tees…