Philosophical counseling is a unique practice that is deeply rooted in philosophy. What this means in terms of approach is that our way of addressing your needs & goals — from strategy to application — is uniquely informed by the theories, methods & attributes of philosophy. OK….sounds great. But what does this mean?
Let’s say you’re having trouble dealing with the loss of a loved one and are looking to find a way to better manage your grief. As philosophical practitioners, there are a variety of techniques that we might employ. These techniques will be informed by philosophy, aimed at helping you successfully navigate the challenges associated with death & dying, and designed specifically for you. The use of systematic doubt, logic, and analysis of belief justification are just a few examples of philosophical methods that we might engage. In addition, because our mission is help you find your way with philosophy, we strive for more than just simple application. We want you to be well-equipped to deal with whatever life presents. As such, helping you cultivate these (and other) sorts of philosophical skills & dispositions is integral to our practice.
Our philosophical counseling approach aims to help you cultivate & apply philosophical skills and dispositions to your particular area of concern so you can achieve a healthier, happier & more flourishing state of being.
Our General Methodology
Our approach to philosophical counseling (& consultation) is humanistic (positive, person-centered) and philosophically dynamic. We use a number of different methodologies, including a unique cognitive-behavioral practice advanced by Dr. Elliot Cohen — founder of the National Philosophical Counseling Association & Logic-Based Therapy (LBT).
As philosophical practitioners, our general methodology consists of a variety of philosophy-based activities (as outlined by the NPCA specifically, and philosophy as a practice more generally). These include:
- Examining clients’ arguments & justifications
- Clarifying, analyzing, & defining terms and concepts
- Exposing and examining underlying assumptions & logical implications
- Exposing and examining conflicts & inconsistencies
- Exploring philosophical theories & their significance for client issues
- Other activities that have historically been identified as philosophical
We adhere to the Standards of Ethical Practice as stipulated by the National Philosophical Counseling Association. You may view these standards in their entirety on their website.