Bari Tessler’s Journey Into Financial Therapy

Bari Tessler’s Journey Into Financial Therapy

Bari Tessler has spent over 20 years guiding thousands of people into happier, more empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money. She was one of the early pioneers of financial therapy, and actually coined the term by combining her Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology and her financial expertise in bookkeeping to create an integrated approach to deep money work.  Join Bari and Rick for an insightful conversation on how Bari became a leader in the field of financial therapy.

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About Bari Tessler:

Bari Tessler is a financial therapist, author, and founder of The Art of Money (which is a methodology, a year-long money school, and a book!). She originally trained as a psychotherapist and received her master’s degree in somatic psychology. Then, she ran a bookkeeping business for therapists, coaches, and artists, and boy, did she learn a lot! In 2001, she merged all her training and created a financial therapy methodology that weaves together personal, couple, and creativepreneur finances into one tapestry. In her group programs and private financial therapy, she has used her knowledge and skill to guide thousands of people to new, more loving, and refreshingly honest relationships with money. She is now on a mission to bring healing, un-shaming, and empowerment to their money relationships and all that it touches. Bari lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, son, and their many cats. To learn more about Bari’s story, visit her website or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

About Rick Kahler:

Rick Kahler, MSFP,CFP ® , CFT-1™, CeFT ® , CCIM, president of Kahler Financial Group, is a life-long resident of Rapid City, SD. He began his professional career in 1973 selling and appraising real estate He founded Kahler Financial Group in 1981. He became the first fee-only Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP ® ) in South Dakota in 1983. In 2020 he became one of the first Certified Financial Therapist-Level I (CFT-I™,) in the nation.

One of the requirements to obtain this designation is completing 500 hours of approved experiential training. These therapists are both financial professionals and mental health professionals.

His firm specializes in the integration of investment advising, financial planning, financial coaching, and financial therapy, while helping small business and real estate owners, professionals, and retirees, as well as individuals and families, to meet their financial goals.

In order to understand personal finance it is crucial to understand the entire situation surrounding not only income and spending, but also the situation surrounding it. Rick Kahler helps people see the emotional aspects of their financial behavior and financial decisions. When people understand how emotions affect their relationship with money, it can help to lower their financial stress.

He served on and chaired the South Dakota Investment Council and served in leadership capacities with the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Financial Planning Advisors. Kahler is also a nationally renowned speaker and educator. In 2003, National American University recognized Mr. Kahler with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Interested in working with Rick Kahler, MSFP, CFP®, CFT-1™, CeFT®? Please go to our website,, and fill out a request for a 30-minute free consultation.

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