The Thrive Team

Carson Kivari

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Available Monday-Friday

Do you feel foggy or only half-present, struggling through the day? Have you felt aggravated and misunderstood, or worried that you’ll snap? 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.

Life pressures and injuries to our self-worth show up in our bodies and are often called ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’, for example. My research supported approach helps you heal emotional baggage through safe and trusting connection while learning ways to resolve these issues and better cope and care for yourself.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC, and I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of women and men in counselling and psychotherapy through organizations such as Family Services of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, and the Veteran’s Transition Program.

Matthew McDaniel

M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Currently only accepting online video counselling clients

Before beginning work as a therapist, Matthew was primarily 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 experiential approach to counselling; everyone is unique, everyone is living a unique experience, and the more that experience can be acknowledged and a made visible the better. Matthew is a firm believer in meeting you where you are, attempting to see life through your eyes, and collaborating together on how to best move forward and thrive. 

Matthew is currently a doctoral candidate in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. With a research focus on the experiences of front-line mental health workers, his goal is to support the overall health and sustainability of these workers through research and practice that identifies protective factors and increases healthy coping responses. In addition, Matthew has training and experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, life-transition, relationship challenges, occupational challenges, and grief and loss in both individual and group counselling settings.