About Me

Hi, I’m Kari Gundersen.

I grew up in East Vancouver in the 70’s and 80’s. Born to a teenage mother, I was given up for adoption and raised in an established family with three brothers who are 10, 15 and 18 years older than me.

I left home at 15 and finished my last 2 years of high school living with friends. But on my own, I got pulled into a series of abusive relationships, substances, and misadventures. I thought I could just move on, but I didn’t realize I was going through a long, slow, trauma response.

Under great mental and emotional distress, I spent a decade managing Theatres and Art Galleries before my own personal healing journey finally began. I took up a Yoga practice, became an instructor, and taught in Trauma Centres for 5 years while I pursued my Counselling diploma.