Kari Gundersen, Associate Counsellor

Kari is accepting new clients.

Sessions with Kari are in person.

New Westminster

Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Sessions Types: Individuals, Couples, Teens 12yrs+

Kari Gundersen (she/her) is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC #2701) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). Kari is a graduate of Clearmind International Institute with a diploma in Transpersonal Therapeutic Counselling.

Treatment Philosophy

Kari helps people of all genders to improve their emotional and relational intelligence, heal from stress or trauma, and live smoother, deeper, more meaningful lives. She believes that professional counselling adds quality to any kind of life experience. Yes, come to counselling when you’re feeling stuck and depressed, but also come when you’re feeling ready to grow into your fuller potential and take on something new!

A typical session with her includes compassionate conversation with a healthy dose of critical thinking and philosophical theory. Deeper work might include some inspired breathwork or guided meditation.  She may encourage you to try an art therapy exercise as homework between meetings. Her aim is that you will gain some kind of therapeutic learning from every single session.

Kari is also a certified Yoga Nidra practitioner, a gentle form of hypnotherapy that eases the brain into Theta waves, a deeply relaxed and trance-like state of focused attention, where the subconscious mind can be collaboratively re-programmed to problem solve, and address core beliefs or behavioural issues.

Kari comes from a lifelong background in the Arts as a formally trained dancer, photographer, set designer, and gallery manager before her journey into the healing world. She is an imaginative, visual thinker who will connect you to your own inner creativity.

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress, Trauma, or Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Struggle & Crisis
  • Healthy Communication & Relationship Skills
  • Breakups, Life Transitions & Big Decisions
  • Re-Discovering the Real You
  • Career Guidance & Goal Setting
  • Addiction Recovery & Harm Reduction
  • Sexuality & Gender Expression
  • Pro-Choice Abortion Support
  • Sex Worker Support

Therapeutic Methods

  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Bowen Family Systems
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Inner Child Work
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Compassionate Inquiry
  • Person-Centred
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Yoga Inspired / Body Mind Soul
  • Post-Traumatic Growth

Education & Professional Development

  • Dr. Gabor Maté – Healing Trauma & Addiction Certificate
  • Allura Sex Therapy Centre – Sexually Competent Therapist Certificate
  • University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada Certificate
  • Abortion Support Services Atlantic – Abortion Doula Certificate
  • Vancouver School of Healing Arts – Hatha Yoga Teacher Certificate (RYT)
  • Fine Balance Yoga – Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Certificate
  • Semperviva Yoga – Yoga Nidra Teacher Certificate
  • Clearmind International Institute – Therapeutic Counselling Psychology Diploma (RTC)
  • Dalhousie University – Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

Kari Gundersen is a Vancouver & New Westminster–based counsellor serving clients with in-person sessions. Therapy sessions with Kari are available for individuals, couples and teens (12+).

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