Living Wholehearted

May 30, 2023

Ep. 183 : How to Have a Healthy Body Image with Rachael Gilbert

Do you struggle with your body image – fixated on calories and losing weight? Do you find yourself yo-yo dieting or trapped by the comparison game? Maybe you, or a loved one, have a history with disordered eating or dysphoria? In this episode, Rachael Gilbert, author of Image Restored (March 2023, Esther Press), and I (Terra Mattson, MA LMFT, LPC) talk about our own journeys with our bodies, confidence, and finding wholeness. Rachael offers insights into the struggle and shares tools for the healing journey. Living in a culture that idealizes youth and outward beauty with narrow definitions, it’s more common to struggle with body image issues. Build your compassion and trauma-informed theology with this conversation about  an issue that plagues many men and women, young and old. Whether this applies directly to you, or to someone you love or lead, this conversation is important and filled with nuggets of truth.

Rachael Gilbert, MFT, LPC Associate, is a fellow counselor and fitness lover who has found restoration in what God says about body image and the striving that tends to come with it. Rachael is also a wife, mom, trauma-informed therapist, owner of BBC Health, and podcast host of Real Talk with Rachael. She combines her clinical expertise and personal experience to help women overcome fear and insecurity so they can walk confidently in their God-given dreams. A frequent speaker and article writer, Rachael lives near Dallas with her husband, Matt, and their three children.

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Image RESTored: Tear Down Shame and Insecurity to Experience a Body Image Renovation, By Rachael Gilbert

Real Talk with Rachael (podcast)


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About Jeff and Terra Mattson

Jeff Mattson (MA ORL) and Terra Mattson (MA LPC, LMFT) are Christian Parenting spokespeople and the co-hosts of the Living Wholehearted Podcast in the Christian Parenting Podcast Network.


After two decades studying and working in leadership and trauma-informed therapy, Jeff and Terra are bridging the gap between Biblical, clinical, and relational wisdom to help leaders live with integrity in the home, work, and community.


They are the co-founders of Living Wholehearted, a professional counseling and organizational development firm. Terra is the author of Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted in Grace and together they co-authored Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between what Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff and Terra have skin in the game as they raise their two daughters just outside Portland, OR on five acres of old growth woods. There is never a dull moment in the Mattson home!


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