Dr. Michelle Darichuk is happy to celebrate the opening of her psychology practice in Brandon. A rural Manitoban for most of her life, Michelle moved to Brandon in July and has made the welcoming city home. Since her arrival, she has managed to create a thriving and successful private psychology practice in Brandon. “I am so excited to introduce my private psychology practice which officially opened on September 4, 2018,” says Michelle. “Psychology is not just my career – it’s my passion. In my own humble opinion, I have the best job in the world.”
Michelle is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience, having provided specialized psychological services to rural and northern Manitoba including therapy, assessment, diagnoses, and consultation services. After she earned her Bachelor’s degree at Brandon University, she went on to complete her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Hawaii. Michelle has a broad range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She has practiced in medical, psychiatric, community, forensic, educational and private settings.
Michelle’s practice has been 25 years in the making. “I have had plenty of time to think about what I wanted to offer and the ‘vibe’ I wanted to create,” says Michelle. “I‘m literally living my dream.” She began with a single word: wellness. It’s in the name of her practice – Dr. Darichuk Psychology and Wellness Centre – and that is deliberate. “Some people may feel intimidated to access a psychologist because they may associate our profession only with ‘visible or severe’ mental illness,” she says. However, a psychologist can be used for prevention, treatment, management, or improvement in a variety of areas.
“When we talk about mental health, we’re talking about our mental well-being: thoughts and feelings, emotions, problem-solving and overcoming difficulties. Health isn’t an on/off switch,” says Michelle. Everyone can agree that there are different degrees of physical health with a continuum ranging from good health to poor health to severe illness or disability – just like mental health. That’s because mental health issues and illnesses – like other health problems – are often episodic, meaning there are times of ill health and times of better or good health. Taking care your mental health is extremely important.
Whether you are doing well overall but have one area that needs attention, or barely keeping your head ‘above the water’, Michelle’s practice welcomes you. She sees children, adolescents and adults as well as couples for relationship therapy and affair recovery. “I would love to help you bounce back from life’s challenges, transition through difficult phases, and reduce the symptoms that are interfering your life,” says Michelle. If you’re hesitant to ask for help, that’s okay. Everyone needs help now and then. With Michelle, you can identify your goals and your time together will be individualized to provide the quality care you need.
With a compassionate, down-to-earth approach, you can work with Michelle in a confidential, discreet, culturally sensitive and non-judgmental environment. You’ll feel safe to talk in office space that feels more like a living room than a clinic. “Having lived in rural Manitoba for most of my life, I understand your need for privacy and discretion and have taken measures to ensure my practice is set up so ‘no one knows your business’,” assures Michelle. Finally, Michelle wants you to feel what she already knows: things can get better.
You can learn more about Michelle’s practice at drdarichuk.com. For appointments, please call their office at (204) 725-4174 and her friendly receptionist will assist you.
Dr. Darichuk Psychology & Wellness Centre
Unit 1 (Second Floor) 29-10th Street | Brandon