Counseling Victims of Sexual Abuse in Georgia

Racheal's Rest is very pleased to announce that the next retreat for LADIES ONLY has been scheduled for June 1st - June 6th, 2015.! This will be a week long retreat in the Blue Ridge, Georgia area. Please contact us at or call us at 770-924-4384 for details regarding applications, travels and additional retreats in 2015.

Racheal's Rest, is a 501c3 nonprofit division of Crossroads Center for Christian Ministries, Inc. Dr. Karen McDonald currently works out of her private practice located on Bells Ferry Road in Acworth, Georgia where she provides group and private counseling. Racheal's Rest is a five-day restorative retreat program designed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors who have been traumatized by sexual abuse or acts of violence. Here, victims of abuse from all over the country attend Racheal's Rest to help them find their inner healing. While Racheal's Rest is a "faith-based" nonprofit organization with a firm commitment to Jesus Christ, we welcome people from all walks of life.

Our retreats are designed in such a way that the participants receive two hours of group counseling in the morning and two hours of group counseling in the evening. In addition, they will receive recreational "play" therapy, confidence building and body image therapy, "finding your voice" drills, spiritual healing and educational materials to take home.

Currently, all retreats are held in Blue Ridge, Georgia. We will continue to rent large cabins/homes near the Sandy Bottom Canoe Launch area until we have acquired donated property that would be appropriate to build Racheal's Rest a permanent eight to ten-bedroom retreat center.


Racheal was 17 and the youngest member ever to join Dr. Karen McDonald's women's group. She introduced herself by explaining that her parents misspelled her name. Karen tried to be encouraging by pointing out that the last part of her name spells "HEAL." She responded, "That's true. But the middle of my name spells "ACHE."

Just as all survivors do, Racheal did ache in ways most people can never understand. The long lasting consequences of abuse may never be fully conquered. "I just wish I could rest," was Racheal's constant refrain. She loved our retreats and said that was the only place she found a respite from her spinning thoughts and sleepless nights. Karen promised Racheal that when she was able, she would build a place where survivors could come together to share their stories and find strength in each other.

Racheal died in December of 2010 from a complication of anorexia. She was 26 years old. Racheal's Rest was formed to honor her memory and her struggle. Racheal has gone to her final rest where her struggles are ended.  But for millions of others, the battle goes on. Here, we support their courage and determination and provide strength for the journey.

Sexual abuse is a highly complex issue with many ramifications, and counseling requires highly specialized skills and insight to optimize recovery. Connection with other survivors is a vital component of healing from sexual abuse. Racheal's Rest provides a safe and supportive enviroment designed to help participants regain a sense of balance in their lives and find inner healing. We currently hold retreats in the North Georgia area.

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, contact our Atlanta Sexual Abuse Counselors today to get more information about Racheal's Rest retreats and to begin your journey to emotional health.

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