Therapeutic Model

Therapeutic Model

What we do is distinctive, all of our therapy is built around the stages below.


 ParentsChildrenWhat we do
Stage 1
Stuck; frustrated; suffering effects of living with trauma.Challenging or dissociative behaviours.Listen; observe; assess; plan.
Stage 2
Learning strategies; understanding trauma; self care.Following a lead; turn taking; accepting boundaries.Directive activities; modelling strategies; setting challenges.
Stage 3
Creative shared activities; learning the child's inner world.Shared fun; naming and make sense of feelings and sensations; looking to Parents for help, comfort or shared excitement.Providing safe boundaries for imaginative expression.
Stage 4
Return to Disorder
Frustration; distraught; exhausted; needing hope.High anxiety about increased closeness; panic when old protective behaviours do not work.Increased support to parents; return to 'reorder'.
Stage 5
Able to attune to a child without feeling traumatised; family joy.Developing language of trust; accepting care, comfort and guidance.Celebrating progress; encourage looking ahead; letting go.

Progress does not move smoothly through the stages, but can cycle stages 2 – 4 for some time before moving on to the final stage of connection.

We used to think that stage 4 – Return to disorder – was a bothersome hindrance to progress, but it is now our belief that this is a necessary process towards letting go of old protective behaviours so that the dissociative parts of the child can begin to integrate and anticipate that they can work together.

Catchpoint Therapeutic Model is based on a recognised trauma recovery model (stabilisation, integration, adaptation) with an attachment focus because we include parents as partners in the healing process. 

The Therapeutic Model is also influenced by DDP, TF-CBT and Theraplay.

Parenting approaches are based on trauma & attachment theory, PACE (Dan Hughes) and a recognition of secondary trauma.