The team is a co-operative of professionals with the same intrinsic core values, aims and objectives supporting individuals who are struggling with different and diverse issues which are having an impact on everyday life and happiness.
They are members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) BACP Certificate of Proficiency and all have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate.
Project Lead/Counsellor & Supervisor
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.
Play therapist/ Counsellor
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.
Trustee & Safeguarding Advisor
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.