Pathways To Healing PartnershipPathways to Healing Partnership (PTHP) is a team which works to support the needs of vulnerable moms and families who have a history of adversity/toxic stress, and may be pregnant or currently caring for young children who are living with the outcomes of developmental trauma.


What We Do:
  •  Offer two unique online peer-support/ counselling groups for moms and dads (including client support outside of the groups)
  • facilitate system change through:
    – the experiences of our clients
    – the experiences and wisdom of local First Nations
    – community trainings around Trauma Sensitive Practices
    – case consultation with various care provider teams
    – facilitation of care-provider communities through ongoing reflective practice
  • meetingsmaintain and support healthy dyads/families
  • provide psychoeducational opportunities to community agencies around the underlying mechanisms of trauma and problematic substance use, as well as the connection between the two
  • PTHP goals include supporting care-provider systems in gaining a stronger understanding of individual regulation, parent stress-reduction, promotion of parent-child attachment, increased parental competency, relational practices and  reflective practice.

PTHP recognizes the critical importance of early life attachment experiences, and that children who develop in adversity may face later functional difficulties such as caregiver attachment challenges, poor impulse control, aggression, emotional reactivity, sensory processing issues, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, attentional difficulties, and difficulty at school/daycare. The team also recognizes the impact which early relational adversity has on experiences throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood (such as substance use). PTHP works to support systems in understanding and responding to the needs of these families, in order to provide the most effective trauma-informed, and family centered care possible.


Who We Are:
  • PTHP is grounded in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and Dr. Brazelton’s Touchpoints
  • PTHP educates community partners who are supporting vulnerable families
  • PTHP emphasizes relational and reflective practice
  • Team members are post-graduate clinical specialists



PTHP offers clinical counselling support as an adjunct of its two peer-support groups, Mothers for Recovery and Island Dads.  In addition to receiving support directly in the group settings, Vanessa and Andrew both connect with group members individually, as needed throughout the week.  Please see our group descriptions below for more details on how to join.


More About PTHP

Neurosequential Model of TherapeuticsThrough being grounded in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), PTHP works with children and families, by supporting involved community partners in collaborating with those families to create developmentally and relationally-informed therapeutic plans which meet their clients’ unique needs.  One of the most powerful roles PTHP has, is in helping people see parents and children who are living with the outcomes of early adversity, through an empathic and developmentally-informed lens. This understanding can help the systems supporting a family, to compassionately understand why members of that family may be experiencing certain current life challenges, which could otherwise be misinterpreted in more negative and discriminatory ways.

Brazelton Touchpoints CenterThrough PTHP’s training in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Brazelton Touchpoints, they aim to support systems of care in providing interventions which target specific brain areas from lowest to highest. As these lower brain areas are healed, upper parts of the brain are more accessible, becoming new targets in the sequence of therapy/engagement. This therapeutic approach works by increasing the number and quality of healthy, relational experiences which clients have in one day, in order to provide healing strategies which are Rhythmic, Repetitive, Relational, Relevant, Rewarding, and Respectful. Some of the goals of PTHP’s therapeutic approach are individual regulation, parent stress-reduction, Promotion of parent-child attachment, increased parental competency, and supporting the community system change necessary to accommodate and support the realization and maintenance of these goals.


Support Groups
Mothers for Recovery Group

Created by recovering mothers, for recovering mothers: a safe and confidential grassroots support program for mothers and pregnant women seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol.

This group is open to all pregnant, postpartum and parenting people who identify as Mothers and have or are using substances.

Mothers For Recovery is hosted through our Pathways To Healing Partnership program. If you would like more information about this group and the times/location that they meet, please contact the groups Peer Co-Facilitator, Amy at OR Professional Co-Facilitator, Vanessa Hitchcock via email or phone: 250-650-7036.

The group currenlty meets virtually, Fridays at 9:30am via Zoom. Register for meetings here.

Island Dads Group

This group is open to all dads, and utilizes a peer-support model to share the collective wealth we can bring to each other throughout all stages of change and healing.  Island Dads creates opportunities for all participants to both listen and be heard, in a confidential and supportive environment. Acceptance, growth, and the power of connectedness with our families and each other are the cornerstones of this group.

This group is currently open for attendance. It can be accessed every Tuesday from 6-8pm, through this Zoom meeting I.D.: 848 8226 7020 

Please contact Andrew McKenzie for more information and direct meeting links:  250-650-9146 OR

Visit Island Dads online:

Children's Health Foundation
Government of BC

Meet The Team

Vanessa Hitchcock

Vanessa Hitchcock

Pathways to Healing Consultant

Phone: 250-871-4644 

Andrew McKenzie
Andrew McKenzie

Pathways to Healing Consultant

Phone: 250-871-4644 

Nikki Cherrington
Nikki Cherrington

Touchpoints Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant