Annie Amirault MSW, RSW

Annie Amirault MSW, RSW Shift your perspective on yourself and your life through supportive therapy.
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We’re live! Thank you for clicking, exploring and being present as we play in this new space.
10/24/2022

We’re live! Thank you for clicking, exploring and being present as we play in this new space.

Just like us, this site is aLive. Have a peek around, see what you think and as always, thank you for joining us on this journey of understanding, compassion and acceptance.

Thank you .co for listening, for seeing us as we are, understanding us and giving us space to be ourselves.

10/19/2022

Great resource for folks wanting to practice recognizing and accepting their body sensations.

10/18/2022

When other people approve or agree with us, we feel great! We contort and manipulate ourselves to avoid judgement, and criticism, to be liked and cared for. And when they don't, we feel like s**t. This dynamic stops us from tuning into our own needs and leaves us at the whim of others.

Its been 2 years since I’ve posted on this account. Wow, where have I been? I could perseverate as to the reason behind ...
10/11/2022

Its been 2 years since I’ve posted on this account. Wow, where have I been? I could perseverate as to the reason behind the hiatus or I could just accept it. I have decided to intentionally practice the latter.

2022 has offered me opportunities to continue walking with my fears and I feel honoured to announce that Kavita Patel and I have formally combined our practises and created . A space where human-ness can be explored, supported and managed with great compassion. I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you on this next stage of the journey.

With immense gratitude,

Annie

Virtual therapy allows folks to continue their deep relationship with their therapist. Not only is virtual therapy as ef...
05/23/2020

Virtual therapy allows folks to continue their deep relationship with their therapist. Not only is virtual therapy as effective as in-person, you can have a session from the comfort of your own home, car or green space.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/mobile/current-affairs-information/white-coat-black-art/

Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

So really, how are you? Often times we blurt out “I’m fine” “all good” “managing” as a way to ease the person we are spe...
05/21/2020

So really, how are you? Often times we blurt out “I’m fine” “all good” “managing” as a way to ease the person we are speaking with, to avoid being seen, to be socially appropriate, to ‘be positive’. Sometimes it’s necessary to keep our hypothetical mask on with certain folks in order to stay protected. And the mask has to come off sometimes. We have to be seen, be vulnerable to feel loved. Find someone who you can take your mask off with - even if it’s you standing in the mirror. Say “I’m not doing great, feeling really anxious” or whatever it is that you are feeling. And keep standing there, looking at yourself without your mask. You are worthy of love, worthy of space and worthy of your own honestly. Get honest with yourself today, even if it’s brief.




During this uncertain time I’ve noticed my body struggling. I’ve felt heaviness in my heart, sinking in my gut and tingl...
05/21/2020

During this uncertain time I’ve noticed my body struggling. I’ve felt heaviness in my heart, sinking in my gut and tingling in my limbs, general fatigue more than my-usual. I recognize this as my anxiety response protecting me. My body (as all of our bodies) has been through so much in the last two months and I’ve offered myself MUCH more “self-love”. My self-love sounds like compassion and generosity towards my self-judgement, asking for help, looks like mindful and gentle movement and boundaries with family and friends (saying thank you and no!). This ability to recognize this experience is a privilege. I have time to do this. Time is my self-care routine. Taking time, showing up for myself.




Posted  •  I found some Facebook messages from like 6 years ago when I was cleaning out my inbox. Someone was sharing so...
05/21/2020

Posted • I found some Facebook messages from like 6 years ago when I was cleaning out my inbox. Someone was sharing something pretty distressing with me and I quickly responded, “you’ll be fine!!!” and changed the subject. CRINGE

Ok we all make mistakes. But seriously, I am really guilty of this one. It’s a phrase that just flies out of your mouth. For me, it’s usually when I am distracted or just don’t have the bandwidth to handle it. Instead of setting a boundary or letting someone know, I try to just quickly throw this out. It’s a lazy attempt at empathy and allows me to get on with my day.

Some of you might even be reading this and rolling your eyes like, “what now I can’t say this either??!” You can say it. But lets be honest, there are only a few reasons why you might use this phrase:
1. You can’t handle the unknown and really want to reassure yourself that this person will in fact be fine.
2. You want to change the subject.
3. You know with 100% certainty they will be fine (how often do you really know this??) .

Don’t worry, you’ll be fine usually translates to…
“I know you’ll be fine so let’s not talk about it” .
“I know you’ll be fine so let’s not take the time to discuss your feelings” .
“I know you’ll be fine so let’s talk about me instead” .
“I can’t even face the fact that you might not be fine, so let’s just skip over that” .

I have heard this phrase in response to new diagnoses, getting a new job, an impending natural disaster…and more. Never once has it been helpful.

Maybe you’ll be fine, but that’s not the point. If someone is worried about something, they’re in the middle of a process and they have to work through that safely.

If someone is telling you they’re scared and you have the capacity to listen, do it. Ask questions. Get curious.

If someone is telling you how they feel and you don’t have the space, don’t leave them wondering. Tell them. Say that you can’t take this on right now.

How do you feel when people say things like, “Don’t worry! You’ll be fine!” ?? Also, yes the title of this post should be “things **you can say” whoops. 😬

Our bodies let us know what trauma we carry by activating our nervous system and producing physical sensations (heart an...
05/19/2020

Our bodies let us know what trauma we carry by activating our nervous system and producing physical sensations (heart and mind racing, tingling in limbs, clammy hands, tremors and many more) at smells, sights, sounds, thoughts and images that our brain views as dangerous. We don’t need to figure out or judge why our brain views these experiences as a threat, we can calm our nervous system without rationalizing the “why” behind our activation.




Wishing you “a day” today•••
05/18/2020

Wishing you “a day” today



YOU are an amazing human
04/20/2020

YOU are an amazing human

Hey, friend. We see how incredible you are. Keep doing your best and remember to take it one step at a time.

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Release your self-judgements. You’re coping and managing in an uncertain and unprecedented time. Thank you  for creating...
04/10/2020

Release your self-judgements. You’re coping and managing in an uncertain and unprecedented time. Thank you for creating this.

Control what you can and (work to) let the rest go. The practice of “letting go” is acknowledging when your brain is goi...
04/09/2020

Control what you can and (work to) let the rest go. The practice of “letting go” is acknowledging when your brain is going down an anxiety spiral or ruminating and gently re-focusing on whatever you’re doing in that moment - or re-focusing on the experience of breath in your body (or other physical sensation that’s safe and comfortable for you)

YES. This. Is. Trauma. Wherever you are at, that’s okay. Whatever you’re doing, that’s okay. However you are managing, t...
04/04/2020

YES. This. Is. Trauma. Wherever you are at, that’s okay. Whatever you’re doing, that’s okay. However you are managing, that’s okay. Doing great? Okay! Not okay? Thats okay too.

Everyone is managing this experience differently. Whole routine is comforting to some, it’s OKAY if it’s not for you. Do...
03/26/2020

Everyone is managing this experience differently. Whole routine is comforting to some, it’s OKAY if it’s not for you. Do what feels best for your body and mind. Listen to yourself, give yourself what you need.

How are YOU doing today? There is uncertainty in the air and many folks are feeling it their bodies and minds. What can ...
03/25/2020

How are YOU doing today? There is uncertainty in the air and many folks are feeling it their bodies and minds. What can you offer yourself today?

Another golden resource from . Let’s shift away from   positivity to language of validation and hope
03/21/2020

Another golden resource from . Let’s shift away from positivity to language of validation and hope

Love this conversation guide from . It’s important that we stay informed as this fluid situation changes. It’s also impo...
03/20/2020

Love this conversation guide from . It’s important that we stay informed as this fluid situation changes. It’s also important that we remember there was a time before this global crisis and there will be times after.

 posted this brilliant piece. In times of uncertainty, our brains struggle to gain control of EVERYTHING as a means to k...
03/20/2020

posted this brilliant piece. In times of uncertainty, our brains struggle to gain control of EVERYTHING as a means to keep us safe. It’s trying to be helpful however it can leave us feeling helpless, anxious, angry and sad. Being able to surrender and let go of things that we can’t control is a valuable skill that will help guide us through the uncertainty.

Psychotherapy is an amazing way to re-connect with yourself, develop your awareness of self, identify your emotional exp...
03/20/2020

Psychotherapy is an amazing way to re-connect with yourself, develop your awareness of self, identify your emotional experience (yes, we all have emotions), manage conflict in a heathy way, gain invaluable skills and learn to accept who you are. These are just a few of the reasons I access AND offer therapy.

The words we use matter - read more here:
03/20/2020

The words we use matter - read more here:

Most of us talk to ourselves at some point each day. Our self-talk matters because it affects our emotions, mood, and ultimately our actions.

Self-care is especially important during times of uncertainty, anxiety and stress (like now!). Order some “take-out” fro...
03/20/2020

Self-care is especially important during times of uncertainty, anxiety and stress (like now!). Order some “take-out” from your self-care menu. Other “off menu” items include:
- crying
- colouring or being creative
- having a shower
- brushing your teeth
- eating food that feels comfortable
- putting lotion on your skin
- phoning a loved one

Feeling anxious? Me too. Here are some tips to manage sensations and feelings of anxiety.•• NOTE: this is not an exhaust...
03/20/2020

Feeling anxious? Me too. Here are some tips to manage sensations and feelings of anxiety.

• NOTE: this is not an exhaustive list. If you find some thing that works for you DO THAT. There is no right and no wrong way to help yourself cope right now. Do what feels best for you even if others are doing something differently.

If it feels right for you, offer yourself some (temporary) certainty during an uncertain time
03/20/2020

If it feels right for you, offer yourself some (temporary) certainty during an uncertain time

Self check-ins are an important part of life, especially during quarantine. Ask yourself these questions and offer yours...
03/19/2020

Self check-ins are an important part of life, especially during quarantine. Ask yourself these questions and offer yourself what YOU need.

This situation is fluid and uncertain. Stress is a normal physical response to perceived danger. Here are a few ways tha...
03/19/2020

This situation is fluid and uncertain. Stress is a normal physical response to perceived danger. Here are a few ways that you may notice stress showing itself in your daily life.

Slowing down can feel scary and dangerous to many. Often in these moments we are confronted by body sensations and thoug...
03/19/2020

Slowing down can feel scary and dangerous to many. Often in these moments we are confronted by body sensations and thoughts that make us uncomfortable, scared, angry, sad. Take care of your by giving yourself PERMISSION to feel exactly what you are feeling.

Take care of your   by giving yourself PERMISSION to feel exactly what it is that you are feeling.
03/19/2020

Take care of your by giving yourself PERMISSION to feel exactly what it is that you are feeling.

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11/13/2019

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As humans, it’s so difficult to accept our reality for what it is - to accept ourselves as we are without comparing, “sh...
10/25/2019

As humans, it’s so difficult to accept our reality for what it is - to accept ourselves as we are without comparing, “shoulding”, judging and predicting the future. The more we fight against our realities, the more we suffer. Sit in moments of discomfort, accept what is presented to you and feel the deep and heavy emotions that we are wired for.



 offers helpful statements other than “don’t cry”. It can be can uncomfortable watching a loved one cry and express heav...
10/23/2019

offers helpful statements other than “don’t cry”. It can be can uncomfortable watching a loved one cry and express heavy emotions. As a way to avoid our own discomfort we say “don’t cry” which isn’t all that helpful. Instead, sit in your own feelings and use these statements

Let’s start responding to our anxiety thoughts in the same way we would respond to a close friend or loved ones.
10/18/2019

Let’s start responding to our anxiety thoughts in the same way we would respond to a close friend or loved ones.

10/18/2019

Spend time with people who support you in the way that feels good for you. Invest in the relationships that lift you up when you are down (or sit with you when you’re down)

 highlights the different attachment styles. These distinct categories give us insight to how we interact and behave in ...
10/18/2019

highlights the different attachment styles. These distinct categories give us insight to how we interact and behave in relationships. Understanding your attachment style and how it interacts in your relationships is an important piece to be aware of!





The universe has your back and that doesn’t mean everything is sunshine and rainbows. You will receive the same challeng...
10/14/2019

The universe has your back and that doesn’t mean everything is sunshine and rainbows. You will receive the same challenges over and over again. Listen.




An important message to send on World Su***de Prevention Day. Share, save and talk about your mental health to someone w...
09/11/2019

An important message to send on World Su***de Prevention Day. Share, save and talk about your mental health to someone who you trust.

09/10/2019

Emotion education holds a key.

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