Dr. Karen McDonald is the author of Racheal’s Rest’s BLOGS. Dr. Karen is a board-certified Christian Counselor through the Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors and Therapists and currently leads all Racheal’s Rest retreats. She is a trauma specialist that sees adult, teen and child clients ages 3 and up in her Kennesaw, Georgia location. Karen grew up with domestic violence and sexual abuse on a daily basis. She survived and developed a passion for helping others find restoration from abuse. Because she has struggled through her own journey of recovery, she knows how much courage and determination it takes to overcome the fears, shame and guilt, spiritual confusion, relationship issues, and parenting difficulties survivors face. Furthermore, she has wisdom, training and skills to pass along techniques to those who are ready to change their lives. You can look forward to Dr. Karen’s BLOGS at least once a month….if not more!
These BLOGS are thoughts, tools and experiences that Karen wanted to share with you and are in no way “counseling”. If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and/or domestic violence issues, contact us today to get more information about Racheal’s Rest private counseling, workshops and retreats to begin your journey to emotional health.
The Miracle of Easter is not that Christ rose from the grave. He’s God. He can do that. He didn’t need our help or our permission. The real miracle is that God resurrects our lives and brings beauty from ashes. That does, however, require ou...Continue Reading
Anger is a valuable emotion but many people feel it is a negative that must be purged from their lives. Anger is intended to be a signal that an injustice has taken place either to yourself or to others. The Bible actually commands us to “Be angry...Continue Reading
Adult children of alcoholics guess at what normal is. Adult children of alcoholics have difficulty in following a project through from beginning to end. Adult children of alcoholics lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth. Adult children of al...Continue Reading
It has been said that when the co-dependent person dies, someone else’s life flashes before their eyes. That pretty well describes it! A co-dependent has trouble recognizing where another person ends and they begin. In order for someone to be co-dep...Continue Reading
Let’s talk about the “F” word for survivors. “FORGIVENESS” is just as offensive a word to most survivors as the real “F” word is to some people because it implies so many erroneous ideas. Once again it puts th...Continue Reading
I didn’t think you were close to your mom. From what you‘ve told me about your dad, I would think you would be glad he’s dead. Have you ever heard those words spoken to someone whose abusive parent died? Have you used them yourself? It’s natural f...Continue Reading
Domestic Violence can be anything from a look to a gunshot. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical injury. Ask anyone who lives with the debilitating effects of manipulation and control. Emotional abuse has been described as the slow and sile...Continue Reading
Few things confound parents more than hearing their child has been sexually abused. A million questions race through your mind and you want to ask your child all of them. DON’T! Take a deep breath and stop what you are doing to pay attention to your chi...Continue Reading
Reconciliation of spiritual confusion is an essential part of the recovery process for many survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. People tend to view God the same way they do their earthly fathers. If their earthly fathers are cruel and punishi...Continue Reading