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.

My father was a policeman and my mother was a stage mom. I was a competition dancer and our house swelled with all the medals and trophies I had won. But rehearsals were brutal.

Collapsing under the pressure, I left home at age fifteen and finished my last 2.5 years of high school living with friends. But on my own, I got pulled into a series of abusive relationships, substances, and bad decisions.

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.