For most of us, enjoying our favourite brand of creativity is important.

It can make us very happy. We often find our creative experiences thought provoking – maybe even life-changing. Why? Because we’re complex individuals who, since the beginning of time, have needed to create as a natural part of our human experience. It’s scientific and this is how it works.

Creative experiences increase the levels of the hormone oxytocin in the brain. Oxytocin is a ‘feel good’ hormone which also makes us feel more trusting. When you and the therapist engage with your child through play or an artistic activity, it creates a foundation for you to make a connection.

As your child becomes more emotionally and physically invested in the activity, millions of their brains neurons become stimulated. New and complex neural pathways or networks are created. This is called neuroplasticity – the stage where positive change and learning happens.

Your engagement with your child’s creative language is not just playing, but empathising with and respecting their feelings and perspective. Over time, as this process is repeated, you will create deeper connections with your child and enjoy a stronger relationship and bond.

Add the knowledge of this science to the therapy we deliver at Catchpoint and what you have is a recipe for powerful healing.

Our therapists are led by whatever your child would like to do – they can make their chosen media as in-depth or as simple as they like. Using clay, painting and drawing are popular choices, but it’s flexible.

Does your child have an interest in something unusual and would like that to be the focus of their therapy? We’ll definitely explore how we can meet their request.

Or maybe they don’t want to do anything creative at all and would prefer to just talk. It’s really up to them. They don’t have to be good at whatever it is they choose, but they might just discover a hidden talent – who knows?!

Here are a few of the therapies you and your child might like to do together:

Healing with Harmony

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
Bob Marley

We can hear thousands of different sounds ranging from 20-20,000 hertz. And it doesn’t stop there. Have you ever heard anyone say that they were ‘moved’ after watching or listening to a performance? That’s because they were. Literally.

When we listen to music, the vibrations stimulate our inner ear which in turn stimulates the brain. Our bodies release endorphins which make us feel happy. What is even more amazing, is what happens when we play musical instruments.

According to research gathered at USC Brain and Creativity Institute, playing instruments ‘aids cognitive skills, decision making and social behaviour’. It even ‘creates changes in brain structures – making us better, more creative problem solvers.’

But that’s not all.

Making original music – improvising, makes us less self-conscious and intentional. We ‘let go’ and become more open to the possibilities or influences around us – the perfect vehicle for therapy to take its course.

Feeling Awesome with Art

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”
Picasso

Studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol is significantly reduced in people who participate in artistic activities.

At Catchpoint, we believe wholeheartedly in the role that creative self-expression can play when your child is producing a visual representation of what is happening on the inside.

Your child is unique, which means their experiences are too. They can channel their feelings and get really connected in a positive way. While they are creating art, they are thinking differently, so feeling differently, which means behaving differently. They are re-creating themselves.

New Memories with Movement and Dance

“Sometimes in life confusion tends to arise and only dialogue of dance seems to make sense”
Shah Asad Rizvi

Do you speak dance? Dancing is irresistible to most of us because it’s such a freeing, wonderful way to simply have fun. But there’s much more to dancing and movement than meets the eye and at Catchpoint we love working this way for so many reasons.

Dancing is a great stress reliever. It can be linked to thoughts and emotions, so when we move and enjoy dance we are increasing our well-being.

Dance is so expressive, it allows us to bring together the social, emotional, cognitive and physical parts of ourselves and share who we are and how we feel with those around us. It’s the experience of sharing in this way, that we want to build with you and your child.

Of course, as with all brands of creativity, there are even more health benefits – it’s a confidence booster and helps with coordination and mobility.

What a deliciously unique and powerful way to have therapy!

Thinking Differently with Drama

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you”
Maya Angelou

When we use drama to express ourselves, we’re refusing to be defined by our worries.

Instead, we’re finding ourselves. We’re making sense of our difficulties by sharing our stories, setting goals, problem solving and releasing repressed feelings.

We can use drama to push our boundaries by doing something that may be uncomfortable, instead of what is already familiar to us. By stretching ourselves a little to explore, to create something new, we can have true emotional transformation.

Progressing with Play

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold”
Joseph Chilton Pearce

By now we’re pretty sure you’ve caught on to the fact that there’s a strong theme going on here – creativity = healing!

So, it won’t surprise you to know that the region of the brain used for play, is the same region that regulates the emotions and unconscious responses like breathing. That’s how seriously instinctive the act of playing is.

The brain develops with playful exploration, so new positive experiences can re-wire it. The therapist will instinctively engage with your child’s natural play language, but it won’t be about your child and the therapist. The focus will be on you and your relationship with your child. Your bond.

It’ll be a relaxed and really fun way for you to learn more about your child’s behaviour, put it into perspective and move forward armed with the insights you need for a great future together.