365 episodes

Rachael Gilbert is a therapist on a mission to bridge the gap between mental health and faith. She believes in the power of Jesus and therapy and loves to have honest conversations about both.

Tune in on Mondays for short talk therapy episodes, always 15 minutes or less. And on Wednesdays, we share guest interviews with people whose message will bring you hope, healing, and encouragement.

Stick around until the show for "Let's Get Real Practical", a short segment where Rachael shares counselor-approved strategies to take this real talk episode and make it relevant in your everyday life through simple action steps.

Real Talk with Rachael Podcast Rachael Gilbert

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Rachael Gilbert is a therapist on a mission to bridge the gap between mental health and faith. She believes in the power of Jesus and therapy and loves to have honest conversations about both.

Tune in on Mondays for short talk therapy episodes, always 15 minutes or less. And on Wednesdays, we share guest interviews with people whose message will bring you hope, healing, and encouragement.

Stick around until the show for "Let's Get Real Practical", a short segment where Rachael shares counselor-approved strategies to take this real talk episode and make it relevant in your everyday life through simple action steps.

    185: Pastors' Wives Tell All

    185: Pastors' Wives Tell All

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael I'm speaking with the authors of Pastors' Wives Tell All: Navigating Real Church Life with Honesty and Humor, Stephanie Gilbert, Jessica Taylor, and Jenna Allen. They are also the cohosts of the Pastors’ Wives Tell All podcast - a podcast by pastors’ wives for church leaders and anyone desiring to peek inside their proverbial glass houses. As best friends from three different churches and denominations, they are breaking down walls within the Church and crushing pastor wifey stereotypes with a little ministry therapy and a whole lot of Jesus—plus the occasional Instagram dance party!
    Key Points from Our Conversation: So often people pressure pastor's wives to meet certain expectations. When they don't, it can leave congregants feeling disappointed. The best way to not get lost in other's expectations of you is to remember who you are and who you belong to. We do not seek the approval of man, but rather to serve Christ. It's common for people to assume pastor's wives are too busy or that they have a large community they spend time with, but truthfully being a pastor's wife can be lonely. Support your pastor's wife by checking on her and including her in your events. When you're part of a pastor's family, it puts your life on display. People always seem to catch you in your worst moments and it can create disillusionment. The best solution is to create a new culture of vulnerability. Only then will walls start to break and change will happen. Seeking counseling is unfortunately still a taboo subject in the church. Some consider it a sign of weak faith and others believe that it's an attempt to replace God's counsel, but seeking therapy is not an either/or, it's a both/and. Faith is our foundation, but the Bible advises us to seek wise counsel. Lay down your pride and seek counseling from God and a professional therapist. What you don't talk about owns you. Changing the stigma around therapy in the church starts from the top. Your pastor is not a licensed counselor and there are times when it's wise to seek a licensed professional therapist. Let’s Get Real Practical: Do you have a negative stigma about seeing a counselor? Ask the Lord if He's directing you to see a counselor.
    You can find a list of Christian counselors at The American Association of Christian Counselors or through Focus on the Family's Christian Counselor Network. Connect with Pastors' Wives Tell All: website | Instagram | Facebook
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 49 min
    184: Tired of Being Tired with Jess Connolly

    184: Tired of Being Tired with Jess Connolly

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael in talking with Jess Connolly. Jess is the author or co-author of several books, including Wild and Free, You Are the Girl for the Job, and Breaking Free from Body Shame. Along with her husband, Nick, she planted Bright City Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they live with their four children. Jess is a woman who wants to leave her generation more in awe of God than she found it. She is passionate about family, God's Word, and seeing women take their place in the kingdom.
    Key Points from Our Conversation: We live in a defeated acceptance of exhaustion. Living right now is too much. Life is tiring and we’re accepting defeat because we think this is just how things are. Women often feel they need permission to rest, but we don't need permission. God invites us to rest - He even commands it. He wants rest for us. There will always be more to do. Ask yourself if you need to see accomplishment more than you need to feel at home in your body and soul. Do we need acceptance from others more than we need communion with God, our bodies, and our people? God integrated rest into life. We work from rest, not rest from work. We’ll never be prepared if we don’t start from a place of rest. Spiritual exhaustion occurs anytime we trade abundance with God for obligation. We are not obligated to do things for God. He can act independently of us. God asks us to help and join in His good works, but His love for us is not based on our actions or inaction. Our society has reached a point where exhaustion is normal – maybe even something to be proud of. Yes, there are life factors that affect sleep, but many of us aren’t victims of fatigue, we’re volunteers. Consider this - would God praise you for working past the point of exhaustion or would He want you to be a good steward of your body and energy? There are a lot of practical ways to get more sleep like turning off the TV, putting the phone down, using blue light blocking glasses, or journaling. Pay attention to your pace during the day. Did you overcommit? Are you consistently feeling rushed? Notice the cues your body is giving you and give yourself what you need. Don't overcomplicate the sabbath. It's simply 24 hours of enjoying God and the life He has given us. How you enjoy Him is your choice, but don’t try to get ahead. Let’s Get Real Practical: What area of rest do you need to lean into with the Lord and reevaluate this season?
    What beliefs do you have about rest and do those beliefs line up with God’s Word?
    Connect with Jess: website | Instagram | Facebook
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 45 min
    183: Therapy & Body Image for Men with Therapist Calvin Burns

    183: Therapy & Body Image for Men with Therapist Calvin Burns

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael, I'm chatting with Calvin Burns. Calvin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, Texas, who is deeply committed to guiding individuals through their challenges with eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. His approach is built on a foundation of empathy, understanding, and a personal dedication to each client's journey.
    Key Points from Our Conversation: Calvin struggled with suicide and addiction until God blessed him with the opportunity to walk away from it, but walking away wasn't easy. Stopping his addiction felt like a significant loss, but the truth is the addiction was blocking what God had in store for him.  If you have chosen addictions that help you numb the hard things you're facing, choosing to stop will come with a lot of complex feelings. It's important to anchor yourself to things that have been proven true, right, and trustworthy. Calvin began his career counseling individuals with alcohol addiction but soon noticed similar thought processes in people who struggled with eating disorders and body image. When we face hardships, it's easier to numb through a variety of addictions rather than process our thoughts and feelings. It can be more complicated when it comes to food addiction as you can't avoid eating like you would other substances. Disordered eating is a pattern of eating habits or an approach to food that is inconsistent or driven by insecurity, fear, or uncertainty. Disordered eating is the first stage of an eating disorder when those insecurities become identity.
    Behind most men struggling with eating disorders is a fear of weakness. Their value gets distorted and they believe that their strength is their worth. But it's not limited to men. Both men and women struggle because of a desire to be in control or desired, sometimes it's an attempt at emotional management, and other times it can be a struggle to ask for help. If there is a man in your life struggling with body image issues, be consistent and direct in addressing him about it.  If you are struggling with body image, it can get better. You can have a life where you enjoy yourself and your body. When you can be present in your life, your relationships will be better. Community and support are crucial when you're working to change your thought processes around body image. You will not always have the internal motivation you need to succeed. If you see that someone you love would benefit from counseling, practicing vulnerability yourself is a great invite for them to feel comfortable opening up. Men can feel that showing emotions is a sign of weakness, but true strength is acknowledging what’s wrong and the willingness to do something about it. Change offers growth, opportunity, and momentum. Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope doesn’t lead us to shame. Our hope in a good God that loves us and is for us is everything.  
    Let’s Get Real Practical: What suffering have you endured?
    Have you allowed Jesus as your high priest to embed hope in your heart in the darkest situation?
    Connect with Calvin: website
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 49 min
    182: Image Restored Behind the Scenes with Susan McPherson

    182: Image Restored Behind the Scenes with Susan McPherson

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael I'm speaking with a woman who was key in releasing Image Restored, Susan McPherson. Susan is an author acquisitions editor for David C. Cook Publishing and their Esther Press imprint for women. She is dedicated to encouraging and equipping women to courageously stand strong in the truth of God’s Word through her work leading the women’s community for Esther Press. She loves Jesus, coffee, college football, and her life as a wife and mother in the Nashville, Tennessee, area.
    Whether you're interested in becoming an author or not, this conversation with Susan is such an encouragement for women to pursue what God has called them to. In this episode, we discuss how authors are chosen for publishing, why being servant-minded is crucial when partnering with others, and not missing out on God's plans because we feel inadequate.
    Don't miss the est.HER conference happening April 11 - 13, 2024 in Spring Hill, TN!
    Let’s Get Real Practical: Your "why" has to be greater than your "what-ifs."
    What’s your why?
    What’s your what-if?
    Which voice is louder, your why or your what-ifs?
    Connect with Susan: website | Instagram | Facebook
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 41 min
    181: Body Image & Marriage with Dr. Matthew Gilbert

    181: Body Image & Marriage with Dr. Matthew Gilbert

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael I'm chatting with a very special guest - my husband, Dr. Matthew Gilbert. Matthew Gilbert, DC, of BBC Health in Lewisville, Texas, is passionate about taking a collaborative, integrative approach to health care. He believes that patients receive the most health benefits when medical and chiropractic doctors work together to provide a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan.
    Dr. Gilbert established BBC Health to integrate his expertise in chiropractic techniques with family medicine to provide patients of all ages in the Lewisville area with the best medical, chiropractic, and rehabilitation services around. He fosters a warm, caring, family environment in an easily accessible, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Gilbert specializes in multiple chiropractic techniques and spinal rehabilitation, and he’s an expert at evaluating and treating sports-related injuries. 
    When not at the office, Dr. Gilbert enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachael, and their three children, Ellie, Olivia, and Zeke.
    Key Points from Our Conversation: We all struggle with some form of comparison. In my case, I was comparing my current body to a previous version of myself when Matt offered this life-changing perspective - "Stop comparing yourself to other women, including your younger self. She’s another woman." Fear of aging indicates a fear of death. But when we have hope of eternal life with Jesus, there is nothing to fear. Everything else will fade away, but we can have confidence in our relationship with Christ.  To be able to extend unconditional love to our spouse, we must experience the unconditional love of Christ ourselves. Our ability to love is an overflow of His love for us. We often believe that our toxic body image only affects us, but what we believe about ourselves greatly affects our marriages, families, sex life, and relationships.  Husbands are called to tend to their wives as a gardener would tend to his garden. You cannot beat a plant into growth, you must provide a supportive environment for it to flourish.  Let’s Get Real Practical: Break the comparison yardstick with the 3 Rs: recognize, repent, and rejoice
    Resources: BBC Health
    Image Restored
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 47 min
    180: The Good Mess with Debbie Morris & Elaine Fisher

    180: The Good Mess with Debbie Morris & Elaine Fisher

    This week on Real Talk with Rachael, I'm speaking with mother and daughter, Debbie Morris and Elaine Fisher. Debbie Morris is an author and pastor in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, who delights in helping women understand who they are in God so they can discover their destinies and experience victory in life. Elaine Fisher is an author, speaker, and pastor in Houston, Texas, and is passionate about sharing authentic revelation from the lessons she is learning as God writes her story of redemption and freedom.
    Key Points from Our Conversation: Debbie and Elaine wrote The Good Mess to give an honest account of God's goodness amid a messy life. Elaine experienced her own "prodigal son" story by confessing her struggles and sins to God and a trusted community that helped her find freedom.  If you've walked away from God, He is still waiting to welcome you home. Not just that, He will meet you where you are and walk with you every step. If you allow Him, God will enable you to dig into your mess and find encouragement.  Debbie and Elaine's relationship changed when Elaine was able to authentically treat the friendship with respect and honor and when Debbie was able to move from the role of instructor to counselor.  When we feel God is calling us to something, we often have expectations of what that should look like. But God honors those who trust Him, regardless of the outcome.  If you are a wife who is experiencing a messy marriage, better days are coming. Finding ways to bond is difficult and not all days will be good. Remember to guard your words and influences on the hard days and sow seeds of joy and life into your marriage.  In the moments when things feel abnormal ("irregular heartbeats") you can choose to let things go or evaluate further what is happening. Do you notice these moments? And if you do, do you care enough to love the other person back to health?  God is good and no matter what mess you're in, He can and wants to redeem it. He has a purpose and plan for the mess if you'll allow Him to use it.  When you encounter God, your situation may not change but your perspective will. He will give you the encouragement you need to thrive. Let’s Get Real Practical: What messes can you rejoice in today?
    Buy The Good Mess: Finding Beauty in Imperfect Moments
    Connect with Rachael: website | Instagram | Facebook

    • 50 min

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Best Podcast Yet!

I think I heard about this podcast on The Naked Marriage podcast, so I decided to give it a listen. When I tell you I’ve binged just about every episode, I’m not kidding! Rachael I don’t know if you read these but my goodness your podcast is so uplifting, encouraging, eye opening… all the things! I just ordered your book today (from Amazon) and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it. I feel like you, and your guests, speak directly to me every time I listen. I wish I could rate it 5 million stars instead of just 5! Highly highly HIGHLY recommend Real Talk With Rachael :)

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