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Carson Kivari

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday

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Carson has seen men suffer and heal across agespan and culture. He has learned that from the toughest soldier to the mildest teenager, we are all vulnerable to system shutdown or overwhelm – forces we often call depression, anxiety and trauma. What became clear to him was how these energies block happiness, satisfying relationships, spiritual fulfillment and sexuality. They can also make the world seem smaller and addictive tendencies become stronger as our thoughts and feelings spiral out of control.

With this in mind, Carson has helped hundreds of men through Thrive, the Veterans Transition Network and Family Services of Greater Vancouver to enhance their lives. He promises respect, compassion and non-judgment alongside Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and his original approach to strategic wellness coaching. 

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His published research with the American Journal of Men’s Health and film production with McGill University tackle how we can best help men to change their lives. For this and his other projects he has been funded by the Government of Canada, Movember Canada and the University of British Columbia. 

James Alexander

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Monday / Wednesday

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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 both genders.

Matthew McDaniel

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Thrive Availability: Sunday-Thursday

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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.

Dace Mars

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Not taking clients.

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Over the years Dace heard hundreds of horror stories from men who had tried to better their lives. Although they had the strength to take the first step in seeking help, what they received often ranged from criticism for being male to confrontational advice that ended up causing them years of interpersonal difficulties and grief. 

In response he founded Thrive, a place where men could come to get help with the struggles of today’s world – while creating their own meaning of masculinity.

His areas of focus as a therapist are vicarious trauma (PTSD in helpers of traumatized clients) and intimate relationships.

Currently not accepting clients.