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.
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 is Grandparents Day this year. Bet you didn’t even know we have one of those did you? It certainly isn’t celebrated like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. But it should be. Grandparents are definitely underrated. I learned ...Continue Reading
I want to thank Martha Sue Hall at the Joyful Refuge Ministry for asking me to be the guest speaker at their ladies retreat and Bible study on May 3rd and 4th. They were studying 1 Peter 1:3-9. The topic is rejoicing with joy despite the circumstances. At...Continue Reading
As we enter the month of Valentine’s Day and the stores burst with chocolate hearts and Hallmark cards and jewelry stores reach a peak season of sales, it begs the question: What is love anyway? The idea of love conjures images of flowers, tender wo...Continue Reading
Welcome 2019! It will bring with it 365 new opportunities. With the beginning of each new year, Americans tend to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the coming one. In 1905 George Santayana (an American immigrant from Spain) said, ̶...Continue Reading
I’ve heard some mature Christians say,” I’m thankful for my abusive past because…”. I’m not there yet , friends. My life is not the story I would have chosen. I would choose that every child have every good thing; good ...Continue Reading
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thanks to the internet and community awareness, you can now find thousands of articles on defining abuse, leaving an abusive relationship, avoiding unhealthy relationships, etc. I want to address this topic ...Continue Reading
Thank you for reading my BLOGS and taking an interest in Racheal’s Rest. I was very excited to offer you a glimpse into Racheal’s Rest’s week-long recovery retreats. I have enjoyed writing these past 5 articles which relate to our retrea...Continue Reading
I wanted to give you a glimpse into Racheal’s Rest’s week-long recovery retreats. The information provided below is “just a taste” of what we do at Racheal’s Rest’s restorative retreats. If you, or someone you know, has...Continue Reading