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Dace Mars

MEd, CCC, Director of Thrive Downtown


  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy
  • Sex and relationships



We spend much of our lives fighting ourselves.

Thought versus emotion, pleasure against duty, love and fear: we are in two minds about everything.

And when we agonize between these different sides of self, or worse – pick one and repress the other – we suffer.

Now imagine if all the energy tied up in dealing with that suffering was available to you. Available to direct into pursuing the goals of your life, without getting in your own way.

As a child of three clashing cultures (Canadian, Croatian, and Japanese), my life’s work has been about learning how to integrate conflicting opposites into a greater whole.

I’ve lived in a dozen countries, studying as many ways to heal the mind, the heart, and the soul.

I’ve also trained with multiple psychedelic treatments for 7 years, including:

If you’re ready for an approach that integrates all the different sides of you instead of focusing on just one, it would be an honor to be your guide.

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.