Licensed Therapist. Certified Life Coach. Credentialed Supervisor.
Scott Kahler is a licensed therapist, certified life coach, and credentialed supervisor at Thought Tonic in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently offers individual therapy, life coaching, and clinical supervision via phone and video. He specializes in helping adults struggling with anxiety, and often their self-esteem, to feel less controlled by worry, fear, and self-criticism so that they can live their lives with greater calm, courage, and confidence. He feels incredibly fortunate to be able to do for work what he has the sense of having been born to do. According to his mother, when Scott was very young – just 5 or 6 years old – he was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up; his answer was “to help people with what is in their heads.” This story is the inspiration behind the company name, “Thought Tonic,” as Scott intends for his clients to experience their time with him — whether in therapy, coaching, or supervision — as a tonic, as refreshing their thinking and supporting their overall sense of well-being.
As a collaborative, client-centered practitioner, Scott is dedicated to conversations in which clients themselves have the opportunity to identify and define what they want in their lives instead of the anxiety, worry, and stress that they may currently be experiencing. He explores with them the habits of thought, behavior, and other blocks that they see as getting in their way, and partners with them in confidence-building conversations about how they want to respond to these challenges to get more of what they want from themselves and in their lives, and less of what they don’t. He is curious about exceptions to problems, and what helps make these exceptions possible. Finally, Scott also talks with clients about how they want to use their time with him to support the plans that they develop, and how they want to incorporate the successes that they experience into their lives for results that last. His approach is often informed by ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and mindfulness practices.
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Scott graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He then completed a two-year program in life coaching through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in the online doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is an Approved Supervisor through the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a past president of the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to working with therapy, coaching, and supervision clients in his private practice, he has served as the Residency Director and a supervisor of resident therapists at the Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) Counseling Center, taught courses in the CTS Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and offers workshops.
Scott lives in Indianapolis with his partner of 18 years, a director of quality assurance at a computer software development company and a patient reviewer of Scott’s writing, including posts for The Thought Tonic Blog. After many years of cat-ownership, they now have two dogs that Scott describes anthropomorphically and alliteratively as an anxious Akbash and a contrastingly confident Chihuahua. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys time with his partner and their dogs, visits with friends and family, good food, dark beers, and cocktails most often made with bourbon or gin. He also enjoys baking, laughing so hard that his eyes water, time in nature and by the water, and keeping (relatively) fit. He meditates regularly, which helps him to keep his (relative) cool.