OUR SPECIALISTS

OUR MISSION

At Udynamics our mission is to provide support to individuals and families through counselling, education and mentorship. We strive to be a genuine and authentic service removing unnecessary barriers and obstacles to accessing services. We strive to provide a high-quality of service through professionalism and integrity in our work. We utilize a holistic approach in our treatment and programming and respect the beliefs, dignity of each individual.

Doug Amouzouvi BSC BN RN

Director of Mental Health & Addictions Services | Nurse Therapist

In Person & Online Sessions | Life can be difficult and overwhelming even at the best of times. Reaching out for support can help bring clarity and meaning to your situation and provide you with the support you need during these times. I want you to live the satisfying and meaningful life you deserve free from guilt, shame, anxiety and depression. I view treatment holistically and through a trauma-informed lens. I use a strength based approach so that you understand you are valuable and have unique gifts and abilities to share with the world.

I want you to know you are not alone. Your story and your journey are very important, and made you who you are today. You will encounter resistance when trying to make positive changes in your life, but we can use your fear and resistance as a compass which will help guide you to become the person you are intended to be.

For over 10 years, my specialty has been helping individuals, couples and families with conflict and addictions related issues. I believe anything is possible when you feel safe and supported. You are exactly where you are supposed to be at this very moment. You can do it! I am available days and evenings, in person and virtually.

Darcie Verfaillie RN, BN, ACCP, RYT 300

Nurse Therapist, Mental Health & Wellness

In Person & Online Sessions | Available Days, Evenings & Weekends|

Showing up for yourself is a brave first step and you are worth it. Something is preventing you from living your best, most intentionally fulfilled life. You recognize something needs to change and you would like to understand the root cause of your anxiety, depression, stress, and chronic disease; to make some lasting positive changes. You are not alone; it would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey to wellness and support you in achieving your goals.

As a registered nurse with over 25 years of diverse experience, I offer a unique skill set that encompasses a wide range of roles. I achieved a certificate in Applied Counselling from the University of Manitoba in 2021, and became a certified yoga instructor in 2022 . I incorporate the knowledge I have gained to provide a balanced holistic approach to well-being.

I value fostering a relationship with you to promote healing and wellness. I believe in the holistic principles that mental, emotional, social, biological, and spiritual dimensions are interconnected and fit together to form a complete and unique person.

I use a person – centered approach, guiding you through the process of uncovering and embracing the strengths, solutions, and resilience you already have to make lasting positive change you desire. I collaboratively incorporate additional theories and modalities including mindfulness and meditation based on how you choose to navigate the path to your well-being.

I promote an inclusively safe space for you to share your story, explore your truth and work toward your vision of wellness. A space where you can express the uncomfortable and messy bits free of judgement, knowing that what you share is received with an empathetic appreciation.

Melissa Potter BScPN, RPN

Therapist

Taking that initial step to seek help is a significant step on your life journey. Healing is never linear, and I am here to meet you at whatever point you might be. You are the expert in your life, and I will individualize the support you seek, building off your current strengths and resilience. I draw upon various therapeutic approaches, including emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, narrative, cognitive-behavioural, and somatics. My work is informed and inspired by attachment theory, internal family systems theory, and social justice perspectives.
I specialize in addictions and co-occurring mental health concerns. I have experience working closely with individuals from all walks of life who have struggled with moderate to severe mental health and addiction issues, working in the public health sector and currently in the private sector at an addiction recovery centre as a psychiatric nurse. I have been accepted into the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program at the U of W.
I approach my work with a holistic, inclusive, trauma-informed and client-centred lens to better understand the inner complexities an individual might struggle with, often due to many outer complexities. It is always an honour to hear an individual’s story. I hope to help you untangle and make sense of some of the complexities that it is to be human.

Leo

Therapy Assist Dog

Leo’s journey into the world of therapy began because of his gentle and compassionate nature. With his soft, black fur and a warm, comforting gaze, Leo is known for making everyone feel at ease in his presence. He possesses an uncanny ability to sense emotions, making him an intuitive companion for individuals struggling with various mental and emotional challenges. Whether it’s in a therapy session or workplace, Leo has an extraordinary knack for brightening up the environment and alleviating stress.

In his spare time, Leo enjoys leisurely strolls in the park, playful games, and snuggling with his human companions. As a therapy assist dog, Leo continues to be an indispensable source of comfort and support for those he encounters. With Leo around, you can be sure that there’s a friend who’s always ready to lend an ear, a paw, and a heart full of understanding.

Katelynn BA Psych (MACP Candidate)

Therapist

In Person & Online Sessions | I am honoured to embark on this journey with you. As I graduate with my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I bring forth not only academic knowledge but a lived experience that fosters deep empathy and understanding from a First Nations Indigenous worldview.

I firmly believe that everyone deserves to have their story heard and accepted in a safe, nonjudgmental space. Understanding that healing is a personal journey, I am committed to supporting individuals at various points in their paths. My approach is rooted in holistic, trauma-focused, culturally-sensitive, and strengths-based methodologies.
My understanding is enriched by both attachment theory and a person-centred approach, enabling me to value the influences that shape your feelings of security and connections in this world with empathy and unconditional acceptance.
My goal is to empower individuals to realize their potential by gaining insight, compassion, and awareness into their daily struggles; through our work together, I aim to provide support and hope for meaningful change. Remember, you are not alone on this journey.

Alissa Miller BA Psych (MACP Candidate)

Therapist

In Person & Online Sessions | I firmly believe that everyone’s life story has meaningful importance. I have found in my professional and personal life that having purposeful conversations with others helps us understand, inspire, and grow as individuals,

I have worked in the mental health field for over 15 years, and I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I primarily use a person-centered approach, offering validation and encouragement. I have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Motivation Interviewing. I hold a trauma-informed approach specializing in depression, Anxiety, ADHD, crisis intervention, suicidal ideation, grief and loss.

As you navigate life’s challenges, I will come alongside you, offering a safe space for insight and encouraging personal exploration and growth.

Ashley Pharazyn

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

In Person & Online Sessions | Ashley Pharazyn graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a holistic health coach in 2013. Since then she has been helping clients navigate digestive issues and find their hormonal rhythm. Through her business, My Quaint Traditions she teaches fermentation and cooking classes across Manitoba.

Bio-individuality means that we are all individual people with individual needs. A healing plan is not one size fits all, every body has different needs. While working with clients she will help add in healing foods and remove foods that cause inflammation and damage to the digestive system and body. Ashley has overcome her own health issues including candida overgrowth, leaky gut and chronic eczema and is passionate about helping others find their health.

As well as working with clients Ashley offers a number of hands-on cooking classes including, fermented foods, fermented drinks, hormone health, glowing skin, good fats snack class, and more.

As a health coach, I assess my client’s lifestyle, address health concerns, and then work with the client to make behavioral, nutritional, and other changes in order to promote better health and wellness.

Amber Dittberner ACCP

Addictions Counsellor | Office Manager

In Person & Online Sessions | I am committed to improve the lives of those living with addiction in a non-judging environment. Using goal setting to achieve recovery with a counsellor who has achieved recovery themself.

I have over 9 years of sobriety from alcohol, I am a member of a 12 step program, and have been active in service work. I am a member & on the board of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and have my Applied Counselling Certificate from the University of Manitoba specializing in Addictions (having completed courses at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba).

People of all ages and backgrounds experience problems with addictions, and they can make positive changes. I can help clients by providing tools for assessment, working through the 12 steps with them, maintain accountability, and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to pave the road to recovery. I can provide client centred services such as; Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model, Levels of Involvement, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-occurring Disorders Initiative.

Tracy Amouzouvi

Founder | Executive Director

Meet Tracy, founder of Udynamics Therapeutic Wellness Center. Tracy is a dedicated and driven manager with over 30 years experience in the mental health field. She has a passion for helping people and has made it her life’s work to improve the lives of those struggling with mental health and addiction challenges. Tracy has extensive knowledge and expertise and has worked in variety of roles in crisis response, mental health and as a program manager. Tracy also has over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur including home decorating and real estate. Tracy’s warmth and passion is evident in her style and has helped create a safe and nurturing environment at Udynamics.

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