About Rachel's Vineyard Ministries
Rachel's Vineyard Ministries was founded by Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D., DAPA, and Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. Theresa has lectured and trained professionals nationally on the subject of Post Abortion Trauma and Healing. She also facilitates Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats for women and men throughout the country.
Theresa is the author of Rachel's Vineyard-A Psychological and Spiritual Journey of Post Abortion Healing, A Model for Groups co-authored with Barbara Cullen (Alba House); The Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Manual; Contemplating the Shroud co-authored with her husband Kevin (St. Paul's Books); and Forbidden Grief - The Unspoken Pain of Abortion with David Reardon (The Elliot Institute).
Kevin Burke, MSS, LSW, is the co-author of "Redeeming A Father's Heart - Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery" and "Sharing the Heart of Christ: Safe and Effective Post Abortion Ministry for Clergy and Counselors" co-authored with his wife Theresa Burke and Fr. Frank Pavone. Kevin and Theresa are authors of Grief to Grace - A Retreat for Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse.
Kevin and Theresa also established Covenant Family Resources, a licensed children and youth agency helping couples build families through adoption. Kevin Burke, a licensed social worker, formally served as the director for a crisis pregnancy shelter which provided housing, computer job training and programs for women in crisis pregnancy and their children. Theresa's counseling work focuses on bereavement, pregnancy loss, abortion trauma, sexual abuse and eating disorders.
Symptoms of post-abortion trauma
- Bouts of crying
- Inability to forgive yourself
- Intense grief / sadness
- Anger / rage
- Emotional numbness
- Sexual problems or promiscuity
- Eating disorders
- Lowered self esteem
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Nightmares and sleep disturbances
- Suicidal urges
- Difficulty with relationships
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Multiple abortions
- Pattern of repeat crisis pregnancy
- Discomfort around babies or pregnant women
- Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy