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Dace Mars

MA, CCC, Director of Thrive Downtown

“You can’t leave a place until you have arrived at it.” – Les Greenberg


  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and transition
  • Sex and relationships
  • Adult and childhood trauma
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Men’s issues
  • Psychedelic integration



I believe in our power to transform ourselves.

To me, stories give us the signposts to find this path: drawing, teaching, and inspiring us.

Over my career as a licensed psychotherapist, I’ve been privileged to help people change the direction of their stories in over 10 countries. My approach combines Jungian psychology with Tantric philosophy, or in simpler terms: uncovering deeper truths in yourself while experiencing the world around you.

Working with me means you’ll have access to my thousands of hours of study of the subconscious, relationships, and spirituality. And most importantly, someone who will always be honest with you.
If my work speaks to you, reach out and we’ll connect.

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.