Our Registered Clinical Counsellors

Carson Kivari

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Monday-Friday

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Do you feel foggy or only half-present, struggling through the day? Have you felt aggravated and misunderstood, or worried that you’ll snap? Do you have unexplained aches, or digestive and sleep problems? Does life mean hiding who you are and choosing to ‘go away?’ While these issues are common, we usually isolate and blame ourselves. Yet by reading this, you are choosing self-compassion. I offer you warmth and professional skill to help undo aloneness as together we build the inner-security that you both deserve and are hardwired to experience.

Injuries to our self-worth combined with life pressures show up in our bodies, and are often called ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety.’ My research supported approach helps you heal by dropping baggage through safe and trusting connection while learning more effective ways to cope and care for yourself.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Gestalt, mindfulness, humanistic and group-based therapy.


James Alexander

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Currently not accepting new clients

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James naturally gravitates towards tackling tough issues, especially when those issues come up in the high pressure environments of emergency services and the business world. Before joining Thrive he worked at Family Services & Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and consults as a clinician for both the Veterans Transition Network and the Vancouver Police Department. 

Part of his effectiveness in working with populations faced with high stress is that he’s no stranger to stress himself: James has served as a reservist in the Canadian Forces since 2004, living firsthand in a culture where it’s vital for men to develop personal, strong bonds with one another.

James additionally uses Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Gestalt techniques in his work with depression, trauma, marital issues, substance abuse, and anxiety in clients of all backgrounds.

Matthew McDaniel

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Monday-Friday

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Before beginning work as a therapist, Matthew spent time as a Community Mental Health Worker within Vancouver’s Downtown East-Side. Through this work Matthew learned to connect with people in a variety of contexts, with a range of challenges and problems. Matthew practices an integrated and eclectic approach to counselling: everyone is unique, and everyone needs their own personal approach to the challenges in their lives. Matthew is a firm believer in meeting you where you are, seeing life through your eyes, and collaborating together on how to best move forward and thrive. 

With a strong experiential therapeutic base, Matthew is trained in Emotion Focused (EFT), Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Person Centred, and Group Counselling approaches. He has experience with a wide range of challenges including trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, major life changes, and occupation stress.

Matthew is currently a Counselling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of British Columbia with a research focus on stress, coping, and protective factors within difficult helping professions.