Podcast Episode 1: Heal Thrive Dream, LLC Founder & Executive Director

By Karen Robinson

Heal Thrive Dream 

When was the last time you plan to kill yourself?

 Do I have your attention? I am Karen Robinson, founder and executive director of Heal Thrive Dream, LLC.  Victims of childhood abuse and trauma frequently lose hope. They feel stuck, trapped, alone,  and empty. When I was under the age of 12. I hid disposable razors in the pockets of my clothes. I wanted to die. There was just one problem. I hate blood and the sight of blood, made me sick to my stomach. I don't remember what the trigger was or the last straw on the day of my suicide attempt.

 I remember looking into the bathroom mirror with the tears running down my cheeks. I don't remember the color of the tumbler of water, and I don't remember how many handfuls of Tylenol that I swallowed. I didn't count. I swallowed until what I thought was enough and whispered to God to take me because I couldn't do this anymore. I went to sleep feeling more at peace. Imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning. I don't remember if I had a stomach ache or not. I do remember initially being angry at God. Then it hit me. Maybe there's a reason why I didn't die. Maybe I was meant to live for a purpose I didn't yet know about. Even though my home circumstances didn't change, I think I had a seed of hope.

This story is just one of many. There were other hurdles to overcome inside and outside my dysfunctional family. I also had a few failed marriages. Would I change my childhood or my adulthood? Difficult question. Since we can't change the past, it is a moot point. In my teens I had an encounter with a social worker that was truly terrible. I wish I could remember his name. I wish I knew then what I know now. I did somehow know that I deserved to be treated with more respect than what he afforded me. You see, he had made the assumption that I was a bad teenager and accused me of behaviors I did not do, nor did I consider doing.

This experience and others shaped the social worker that I am today. I knew that I wanted to respect my clients, to be compassionate and authentic with them. To serve them without judgment. Have I been a perfect therapist or coach? No, of course not. I made many mistakes along the way, but I have helped many during two decades of my career serving clients. I have worked with clients of every nationality, every age. I believe in equity, equality and social justice. I am a liberal Christian and believe that hope, faith and love can change the world. I believe hate, greed, misogyny and racism hurt us all.

My work with Heal Thrive Dream, LLC  is just beginning. Our vision is to have a global impact for women and Children. Our nonprofit of choice is ‘ A21'.  Their mission is to end slavery around the world.  Human trafficking is the abuse of Children, women and men for their bodies and labor. It is indeed modern day slavery. A small percentage of our sales is donated to A21 monthly.

“No one person can do everything, but every one of us can do something.”

Christine Caine, a 21 chief advocate. Let's all be like Christine and be that one person that makes a difference. Thank you and keep on listening to The Heal Thrive Dream Podcast.

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Karen Robinson

  Karen Robinson  

About the Author

I'm licensed therapist with 25 years of clinical experience. Service driven, specializing in trauma recovery, anxiety, and depression, holistic care, and transformation to create an impact for trauma survivors globally. Services include coaching, therapy, virtual courses, digital products, and on-line memberships.

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