Meet Our Therapist: Annie Amirault, MSW RSW

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1. What made you decide to become a therapist? 

Whether it was my bachelor of social work internship, volunteer experience, or my masters of social work internship, I’ve always derived power and strength from hearing the stories of others. In a way, it’s taught me a great deal about myself and I believe that at some point in life, we need support to get through he challenges for being human. I also was raised in a family of health professionals, so I grew up with an inherent need to advocate and support people in ways that they identified needing help.

2. What do you love most about working at Shift? 

All of my colleagues have different strengths and support another in our learning. I learn so much from my co-workers; it’s helpful to have an open-door policy to facilitate case-consultations, which in turn spurs my growth as a clinician, to adopt different approaches and perspectives. 

Shift also partners with community organizations and a variety of other healthcare clinics to create material and facilitate workshops. This collaboration is unique to Shift, and something that I really enjoy being a part of. 

3. When you're not at work, what fills your time? 

In my spare time, I participate in mindfulness practices, whether it be mindful tea drinking, or seated guided meditation. I find these practices support my self-awareness and reduce stress. I also like to stretch out my muscles, and find it complements my mindfulness approach. 

When I read, I try to read books that are relevant for clients who access my services. I just finished Insecure in Love by Leslie Becker-Phelps, and think that anyone who finds themselves anxious in their relationships—whether it be romantic, familial, or friendship-based—should give it a try. 

I also love spending time with my friends and family!

4. Do you have a favourite quote or mantra? 

My father has long since said to me that, “no matter happens today, the sun will rise tomorrow morning, and set in the evening.” 

5. Whats one therapy technique you use most often yourself?

Apart from mindfulness techniques, I find identifying and challenging negative thoughts can be really helpful. I know that we have thousands of automatic thoughts a day, and there’s often not a lot of fact or evidence behind them. Once I start noticing these unhelpful thinking styles them, I can pull myself out of distressing moments. This technique is often used in cognitive behavioral therapy, and I use it daily.