Carson Kivari, Thrive's Founder and Director

Carson Kivari

Founder & Clinical Director



No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven whose roots don’t reach to hell



  • Psychedelic integration
  • Men's issues
  • Military and service trauma
  • Spirituality and waking up
  • Grief and transition
  • Self-esteem and inner-critic
  • Attachment trauma
  • Adult and childhood trauma; PTSD
  • Clinical supervision


  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Trauma Focused Therapy


  • MA Counselling Psychology (Hons w Distinction), UBC
  • BA Psych (Hons), UBCO

Professional Affiliation

  • Project manager for Movember Canada funded Men’s Transition Program
  • Ethics consultant for UBC’s Man Art Action Project

Credentials and Licensing

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor 11827 of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

Awards & Recognition

  • Award for undergraduate thesis investigating how male socialization gets in the way of therapy
  • $36,000 in combined acedemic scholarships
  • Honours with Distinction recognition in master’s degree

Publications and Contributions

  • Published author in American Journal of Men’s Health
  • Producer of educational documentary on helping men in groups with action-based therapy
  • Member of the UK Male Psychology Network – Published author in book related to men’s military care
  • Resident counsellor for upcoming Men’s Kayaking Retreat

Do you find yourself overwhelmed, anxious and fighting burnout? Maybe you feel lethargic, foggy and detached as if life is on autopilot. Perhaps relationships are suffering, work feels like too much and self-criticism is driving you to your limits. It’s OK to feel lost—you are not broken! 


On the contrary, anxiety and depression are actually your body doing its best to adapt to having endured too much for too long. Think about how much strength it takes to endure the crises, rejections, betrayals and pressures of being human… And you have done just that.


In my combined 17 years of practice and education, I have seen that we all hit a point where our strategy of ‘pushing through’ hits its limits. At this point, we need to slow down and listen. Are you living in line with our values? Are you relationships and career feeding you? Do you know who you are and what you want?


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. Together we will undo aloneness, reminding you that safety, connection and purpose are your rights as a human being.

Read Carson’s Articles on Substack

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