604.227.0297 [email protected]

Xiva Taverna

Counsellor at Thrive

“The only thing that evil can’t stand is forgiveness.”  Mr. Rogers


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Inner child work
  • Self-identity and self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Psychedelic integration


  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Trauma-informed parts work
  • Inner child work
  • Psychedelic planning and integration

You sense that there is more to life, and you’re tired of feeling alone. Maybe you’re in a relationship that feels draining, or you feel emotionally disconnected, like you’re different from everyone else.

Maybe you grew up in a home where you weren’t seen or heard. You’re repeating old patterns and feel stuck. Perhaps you desire close relationships, but fear of abandonment doesn’t let you get close to others. The fear of rejection and shame never lets you open up.

Even though, on the outside, your life looks complete, you feel something is missing. No matter what you do or how much you have achieved, you’re still left with a sense of emptiness. Maybe you’re not sure anymore what the right direction is.

Shame is a deep sense that our core being is inherently flawed. It exiles the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.

Working with a therapist like me, you will find a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere where you will be safe to explore your inner world, gaining clarity about how experiences from the past affect your life today.

Using the Internal Family Systems model, mindfulness and self-compassion, we will work together to heal those wounded parts that sometimes feel unsafe and want to isolate and hide. That feeling of profound loneliness can be lifted. Together we can bring back the colour to your life.

Therapy can help you regain your sense of wholeness; you don’t have to face the challenges of life alone.


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.