Catchpoint was founded in 2001 by Joy Hasler who had been working as a music therapist with adoptive families since 1994. The team grew to included another music therapist, an art therapist. The focus of the therapeutic work was the attachment relationship of the parent and the child.
In 2005 Catchpoint became a limited company and was joined by Tom Pyne as strategic director and education consultant. Since then we have developed our services to offer integrated packages of support for families and school staff, working collaboratively with the other agencies involved in each case. Catchpoint uses creative arts therapies with a trauma recovery model and an attachment focus. Parents are involved in therapy, either in session or at times via a video link. They receive support between sessions in consultations and in preparation for meetings. Reports are shared with everyone within the circle of confidentiality.
It is our aim to bring together a cohesive care team with a common understanding of trauma and secondary trauma – the effects of living or working with trauma. By developing and using a common language and strategies for managing difficult behaviour, the parents can be empowered to parent and the child will get consistent boundaries and an integrated approach to their care. This aids the process of healing and reduces the need for long-term therapeutic interventions.
Catchpoint works in the field of ‘Adoption’, in which we include pre and post adoptive families, special guardianship, step families, kinship carers and foster carers.
In August 2010 Catchpoint became a Community Interest Company.
We are keen to hear from therapists interested in working with us and from parents and carers struggling with difficult children.