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Carson Kivari

MA, RCC, Director of Thrive Downtown

“In the cave you fear is the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell


  • Psychedelic planning, integration and guiding
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and transition
  • Self-esteem and inner-critic
  • Adult and childhood trauma; PTSD
  • Men’s issues


  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Informed Parts Work
  • Inner Healing Intelligence
  • Chakra-Focused Counselling
  • Psychedelic Breathwork




Over my combined 16 years of education and practice I have enjoyed the privileged passion of learning the patterns of our nervous systems. Old traumatic residue is carried as a ‘body memory,’ long detached from the original source of pain. …And so despite your best self-care, you may experience anxiety and numbness like a mysterious poltergeist in your house. “Why do you haunt me still?”
Working with me means answering the hero’s call to explore dark caves and deep oceans, releasing traumatic stress through a shared journey into the brain and body. If you are human, it is certain you have felt the pain of abandonment, rejection and betrayal. This being the case, it is my goal to guide you from the pain of aloneness to the relief of connection and the astonishing realization that you were never broken in the first place.
To the delight of the world, the great medicines of our ancestors are now more readily available to support the healing journey. While trauma-informed counselling still resonates deeply with me, my experiences with sacred plants and psychedelic compounds have captured my focus. It has become a personal mission to help the world understand the possibility of transformation that may be accessed with these medicines. I would be glad to explore your appropriateness for psychedelic medicine, as well as to help plan and integrate trips.

Your Questions

How many sessions does therapy take?

Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.

How often should I come?

When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.

Does insurance cover your fees?
Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under most Extended Health Plans, but always call or check online to ensure your plan covers counselling specifically.
What is a session like?

You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.