Anne-Marie Armour, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker & Therapist
My practice is founded on my belief that we each have an innate capacity to heal and that the answers we seek are already within us, though not always accessible in our current states of consciousness and nervous system. With a gentle curiosity and an unabiding compassionate presence, I help my clients reconnect with lost parts of themselves so they can live from a more whole and authentic place. In my work with psilocybin, I provide preparation, treatment, and integration sessions. In preparation sessions I work with my clients to build a foundation of trust and safety and help them set an intention. In treatment sessions, I provide non-directive support with the help of a co-sitter, ensuring the client feels safe to embark on an inner journey in an expanded states of consciousness under our supervision. In integration sessions I help clients make meaning of their psilocybin experiences and find ways to apply new insights and understandings to their daily lives. For individuals who are using psychedelics therapeutically without Health Canada approval, I provide preparation and integration sessions as a harm reduction measure. I also work with folks who use substances using an empowering and non-judgmental approach that reduces the shame and stigma associated with substance use. I help my clients understand the reasons they turn to substances for relief, and explore ways to achieve their desired states more safely, which includes abstinence if that is one's stated goal.
My name is Anne-Marie and I am a registered social worker and therapist practicing on the unceded traditional and ancestral territories of the Lekwungen people in Victoria, BC. I am a passionate advocate for increasing access to psychedelic-assisted therapies and reforming drug policy to include the perspectives of people with lived and living experience. As the field of psychedelics would not exist without the wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge Keepers who have maintained relationships with sacred plants and fungi for centuries, I believe that reciprocity and the amplification of Indigenous voices must be at the forefront of this movement. My educational background is in Psychology (BA, 2012) and Social Work (BSW, 2015 & Clinical MSW, 2021). I have completed Dr. Gabor Mate's Compassionate Inquiry workshop (2018) and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Zendo Project workshop (2018). I also completed TheraPsil's Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy training (2021) and am currently enrolled in a 2 year Focusing-Oriented Therapy certification program (2023 completion). I have extensive work experience in low-barrier harm reduction service provision in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and am a current Board Member with the Overdose Prevention Society. I have also worked for two of Canada's leading psychedelic organizations, MAPS Canada and TheraPsil, where I supported patients at end-of-life to access legal psilocybin-assisted therapy through Health Canada's section 56 exemption process. I am currently in private practice, providing psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to individuals who have been granted approval by Health Canada, as well as psychedelic preparation and integration therapy to the broader public as a harm reduction measure. I also work with individuals who use substances from a harm reduction philosophy. In addition to therapy, I provide psychedelic and harm reduction consultation services to individuals and organizations.