What podcast or book inspires you?
The book 'Forgiveness' by Mark Sakamoto.
What is a Comox Valley trail that you would recommend?
I love the horse-bike loop in Seal Bay Park
Describe a project that you were passionate about.
In my work life, the first thing that jumps to mind is 'Touchpoints', a way of being with families that is about all of us working together. At home, I get excited about decluttering, something I need to do more of!
What is one thing that you are grateful for when you provide maternity care?
I am grateful for the trust that families give me.
Describe a snapshot of an ordinary moment at work that brings you joy.
I find joy in seeing someone feel better, whether it's because of cleaning their ears with wax, or a more significant change like anxiety improving with counseling and medication. I also feel a lot of joy when I get to observe a healthy newborn look for their parents' voices and faces at birth.
What turn of phrase do you use to encourage women while they are pushing?
I think I say 'awesome and amazing a lot, maybe too much? I also sometimes say 'push as hard as you can, and now try to push even harder'.
My experience in working with Theresa around a very complex young family was that she provided attuned, client-centered, and attachment-focused care. Theresa was able to plan with our team to put early child development/attachment at the front of the priority list for this family, and really modelled a destigmatizing lens amongst other providers, towards this family.
-Andrew Mackenzie, Clinical Counsellor with Pathways to Healing