Wishing for Greater Calm, Courage, and Confidence? Therapy for Anxiety Can Help!

I specialize in helping adult clients who struggle with anxiety, and often self-doubts or perfectionism, to feel less controlled by worry, fear, and self-criticism, so that they can live their lives with greater calm, courage, and confidence.

Because my license, and even my PhD, is in marriage and family therapy, people are sometimes surprised that I provide therapy for individuals. As I see it, though, my education and training in how to work with people in relationships has been critically important in helping me to think more holistically and interconnectedly about all sorts of problems that we experience as human beings. Thinking in terms of how people and things influence each other in patterns, and understanding how these patterns keep themselves going, but can also be interrupted and changed, is very useful when it comes to responding to anxiety.

Anxiety Therapy with Scott Kahler at Thought Tonic

Why? Well, simply put, as you likely know from your own experiences (the experiences that brought you here today!), anxiety exerts a profound influence not just on our thinking, but also on our bodies and behaviors, creating a self-reinforcing cycle that only amplifies our distress. This interconnected dynamic can rapidly lead to a complex, daunting, and draining relationship with anxiety, leaving us uncertain of how to break free.

That’s where I can help.

You may find yourself interested in therapy for anxiety if you experience …

  • Excessive worry that is difficult to control and that results in restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, or trouble sleeping
  • Fear of social or performance situations in which you may not know people or could be judged by others; you may avoid these situations
  • Recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that cause you distress and to which you may respond with repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing your distress, or preventing something bad from happening
  • Symptoms like a rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, upset stomach, dizziness, and perhaps a sense that you must be going crazy or dying that aren’t explained by a physical health condition
  • A very active inner critic that causes you problems in your relationships, at work, or in other areas of your life; you may think of yourself as your own worst critic, or have trouble believing good things about yourself

My Approach to Therapy for Anxiety

In my collaborative, coaching-influenced approach to therapy for anxiety, we’ll often start with a conversation in which you have the chance to identify and define, for both me and yourself, what you want in your life instead of the worry, fear, and self-criticism — and the pain of feeling overwhelmed and stuck — that you’re currently experiencing.

We will then likely explore habits of thought and behavior, as well as any other blocks, that you see as getting in your way. I will also be curious to hear about when there have been exceptions to the problems that you’re having. We’ll follow up by partnering in confidence-building conversations about how you want to respond to the challenges you’re facing, what will support you in doing so, and what you will learn from the times in your life when things go well.

Finally, we will talk about how you want to use your time with me to support the plans that you develop, and how you want to integrate the successes that you experience into your life — for results that last.  In my approach, I often introduce ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, in case they are helpful to you, and mindfulness practices, including meditation.

To learn more about how I think about anxiety and some of the ways to respond for greater calm, courage, and confidence, please take a look at posts related to anxiety in The Thought Tonic Blog. And if you want to know my fees, please visit the Fees/Insurance section of this website.

About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana. I also have a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, supervise other therapists, and teach courses in graduate therapy programs. I am myself no stranger to anxiety, and have found ideas from cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, as well as mindfulness practices, including meditation, to be useful in helping me to challenge my anxious thinking, to overcome avoidance and procrastination, to calm my inner critic, and to live my life with greater confidence.  Let’s find out what works for you!

If you want to learn more about me before you reach out, see the About section of this website.

At Thought Tonic, LLC, we value and honor diversity, and welcome the opportunity to work with clients regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, physical or mental special needs or challenges, or other aspects of our uniqueness as human beings.

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