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  Philosophical counseling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philosophical counselors know that the majority of people are quite capable of resolving most of their problems on a day-to-day basis either by themselves or with the help of significant others.
The key to philosophical counseling generally is its client-centered and open-ended nature, one which does not manipulate the client's thinking so as to bring him to accept some particular philosophy as the "Truth." The philosophical counselor's intention is to help his client reach any reasonable and morally permissible goal the client has set for herself.
Philosophers have an extraordinarily rich repertoire of theoretical perspectives at their disposal and therefore are especially adept at seeing the implications and assumptions behind the theories guiding all of the various approaches to psychological therapy.
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 Encyclopedia: Philosophical counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Philosophical counseling is present in Sartre, existential psychiatry and the anti--psychiatry movement of R.D. Laing; in medical ethics and business ethics; in Frankl's logotherapy, Assagioli's psychosynthesis, Freud's psychoanalysis, Jung's transpersonal psychology, Ellis's rational emotive therapy, and so on and so forth.
Philosophical counseling is not meant as a treatment for medical or psychiatric disorders, but rather to assist psychologically healthy people who are facing problems of everyday life touching on meaning, vocation, creativity, death, spiritual difficulties, relationships, ethical concerns, anomalous experiences, and so forth.
Philosophical counsel provided her with two wedges: the first was Nietzsche's notion of "healthy selfishness." The second was Kant's argument that we have duties to ourselves as well as to others.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Philosophical-counseling   (2179 words)

 Encyclopedia article: Philosophical counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
John Locke (English empiricist philosopher who believed that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience (1632-1704)) characterized the emotions, which he called the passions, as ideas in our minds that come from both our sensations and reflections.
The key to philosophical counseling generally is its client-centered and open-ended nature, one which does not manipulate the client's thinking so as to bring him to accept some particular philosophy as the "Truth."
The philosophical counselor's intention is to help his client reach any reasonable and morally permissible goal the client has set for herself.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/ph/philosophical_counseling.htm   (1373 words)

 philosophical counseling
Philosophical counselors can facilitate effective philosophical thinking in a client by entering into philosophical dialogue with the client's life-world for the purpose of revealing the concrete influence of abstract, life-directing conceptions in the client's everyday life.
Philosophical counseling can provide assistance to people who seek conceptual clarification in their life, but this assistance will promote an authentic awakening in the client only when the dialogue disguises the practitioner's role as the dominant partner in the counseling session.
So one of the primary tasks of philosophical analysis in a counseling session might be to direct questions to the client's understanding of the "obvious meaning" of the relevant behavior or events they have recounted from their life.
www.csustan.edu /Philosophy/Data/Tuedio/philosophicalcounseling.html   (3365 words)

 Philosophical counseling Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is commonly held that so-called philosophical counseling began in 1981 when Dr. Gerd Achenbach opened his practice near Cologne, Germany.
Today there are a growing number of philosophers willing to work with individuals outside of the traditional academic setting -- philosophers very skilled at actively listening, at separating large masses of information into manageable pieces and putting them all back together again, and at spotting inconsistencies, contradictions, and other problems in a person's reasoning style.
While the adage that the unexamined life is not worth living is somewhat of an exaggeration, it is certainly true that the examination of a life by means of philosophical counseling can lead to the living of a better life.
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 Guidelines for Philosophical Counseling
In brief, philosophical counseling is the use of philosophical ideas, skills and virtues to ease suffering from the problems of everyday life.
Philosophical counseling pays attention to language because language is not only crucial to understanding but shapes our experience.
In counseling, philosophical ideas aren't defended in the abstract or for their own sake; they are always applied to concrete problems.
www.parapsi.com /phil-guidelines.html   (3105 words)

 About Philosophical Counseling
The practice of philosophical Counseling is confined to the practice of philosophy as defined by the performance of clear and distinct philosophical activities for which Philosophical Counselors have uniquely been trained.
Philosophical counseling is a philosophical investigation which primarily addresses concepts, assumptions, theories, ideas rather than attempting to expose concrete events or secret processes hidden inside the individual's head.
Philosophical Counseling has pragmatic goals which are to support and assist individuals to overcome personal predicaments and discover and develop wisdom.
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 The Philosophical Counseling Web Site
Plato counseled Dionysius II of Syracuse, Descartes counseled Queen Christina of Sweden, and Locke was a counselor in the household of the first Earl of Shaftesbury.
Philosophical Counseling may remind people of sessions with therapists or pastoral counselors because of outward similarities in the sessions.
Counseling and Guidance Kol Ha'Ir, January 12, 1995 [in Hebrew].
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Neither collapsing philosophical inquiry to psychological processes nor eliminating the possible examination of psychological forces that inform philosophical beliefs and attitudes, philosophical counseling is free to expand its frontiers as a novel form of philo-psychotherapy.
Indeed, philosophical counseling strives to uncover and analyze the various meanings and interpretations that clients assign to their lives, fleshing out implicit presuppositions, contradictions, inconsistencies, and cryptic patterns and processes that are associated with their worldviews.
In order for philosophical counseling to advance in professional stature, it must establish a coherent set of theoretical and methodological principles that may be subject to ongoing critique and research: this is particularly important for ethical and training considerations.
www.processpsychology.com /Phil-method-web.htm   (7773 words)

 Philosophical Counseling (Greater Boston)
Philosophical sessions can range from discussions of particular issues of interest to more formal philosophical counseling aimed at resolving some philosophical confusion or angst that may be interfering with the client's happiness on various levels.
While licensed psychologists or psychiatrists in some cases may employ hypnosis, and no doubt some also (knowingly or not) employ philosophical techniques as well, independent practitioners of hypnotherapy and philosophical counseling typically see themselves as devoted to helping individuals who are otherwise mentally healthy to achieve a more complete realization of their potentiality.
The pluralistic and multi-perspectival approach challenges a rational, philosophical agent to consider a wide array of philosophical beliefs and perspectives that go beyond the common denominator that is required to reframe a particular perspective into one that is different.
www.integralhypnosis.com /philosophical_counseling.htm   (1899 words)

 Philosophical Counseling
Philosophical counseling is handled on a more straightforward "fee for service" basis.
A trained philosopher is skilled in using this technique to identify areas in the client's thinking that may be illogical, inconsistent or unclear.
In philosophical counseling there is a more focussed focus to the questions: they aim for an intellectual understanding by the client--but without dictating the nature of the understanding.
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Philosophical counseling may be broadly construed as a psychotherapeutic approach that aims toward philosophical critique, self-investigation, and insight, yet there is no unified agreement among practitioners on what constitutes the ground, scope, and limits to its theory and practice.
Philosophical counseling has been largely preoccupied with defining the range of activities that set it apart from psychological interventions, yet virtually nothing has been said with respect to the ethical quandaries it generates as well as the question of appropriate training.
Philosophers, however, are quick to question whether the non-philosopher is at all qualified to profess to offer any form of treatment that is truly philosophical: when examined critically, these approaches to counseling are often adjudged simply to be a veil of psychology masquerading as philosophy.
www.processpsychology.com /Phil-C-IJAP.htm   (6081 words)

 American Philosophical Counseling Association
The name of the association shall be the "American Philosophical Counseling Association", hereafter referred to as the "association".
The philosophical counselor has declared that he or she will adhere to the code of practice, and this can provide a reason, or additional reason, to consult this particular philosopher, and can be a reason for other specialists to refer a client to a philosopher.
The counselor is motivated to regularly evaluate the progress made during counseling, and its philosophical character; and, taking account of the terms of article 6 b., to reflect on this with colleagues, either verbally or in writing.
www.lyceumproject.com /apca.html   (2143 words)

 Pacific Region Forum: Philosophical Counseling and Cross-Cultural Negotiations
The stereotype of the detached or idealistic philosopher is, after all, categorically at odds with the pragmatic agenda constructed for a proper negotiation.
But that stereotype is also quite at odds with philosophical counseling's fundamental premise that philosophical reflection can meaningfully contribute to better outcomes in daily affairs as different as creating a business plan and mourning the death of a loved one.
That being said, philosophical counselors overwhelmingly understand themselves to be operating according to a methodology that is thoroughly subject to rational evaluation, even at those points where non-rational methods are (intentionally) included in the thought process.
www.cic.sfu.ca /forum/GregoryTropeaNov202000.html   (1278 words)

 Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Philosophical counseling is a rapidly growing new field of practice that has its roots in antiquity.
This has led to the publication of a number of conflicting accounts of what philosophical counseling is and ought to be.
While this book may serve as an excellent text for courses in psychology, counseling, and philosophy, or as a reference for practitioners, its clear structure and readable style makes it an accessible book for anyone with an interest in knowing more about philosophical counseling.
www.meaning.ca /bookstore/reviews/philosophical_counseling.htm   (317 words)

 More about Philosophical Counseling
Philosophical counseling is the engaging, therapeutic form of dialog used by many of the world's great and ancient sages, such as Socrates, Epicurus, Confucius, and Buddha.
Nowadays, the profession of philosophical counseling is conducted in Socratic dialogs, on the Internet, in "cafes philos," in restaurants, in corporate and organizational settings, and as a private practice.
Academic philosophers came to specialize so much and speak such a technical language that the audience for the average academic journal article in analytic philosophy was down to about a dozen people worldwide.
www.heartofnow.com /files/more.counseling.html   (2210 words)

 Amazon.com: Philosophical Counseling : Theory and Practice: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Philosophical Counselling movement is not something new; in fact, philosophers more than 2,000 years ago were practising philosophy as a way of life and using it to relieve human suffering.
But perhaps the reason that this book has become the best source on Philosophical Counselling is that Raabe has researched nearly all of the available sources on the modern PC movement, resulting in a comprehensive and cohesive work.
Philosophical Counseling is a paradoxical new field that purports to help people with life's problems by engaging them in philosophical discussions.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0275970566?v=glance   (1787 words)

 Philosophical Counselling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Philosophical Counselling is a type of counselling that uses philosophical insights and methods to help people think through significant issues in their life.
Philosophical counselling adds to these undoubted benefits the thinking tools and insights of over two and a half thousand years.
With colleagues in the SPP, an increasing number of philosophical methods are being developed, including RSVP for values clarification and Progress for decision-making.
members.aol.com /timlebon/philcouns.htm   (274 words)

 Philosophical Counseling Birmingham Alabama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Philosophical counseling or consulting is NOT psychological counseling or psychological therapy; it is philosophical mentoring or teaching.
There are many areas in life where philosophical understanding, and a perspective based on philosophical knowledge, is extremely important and helpful.
Often such knowledge is not difficult to attain, and requires only being exposed to some reasonable ideas you just had not heard or thought of before or which had not previously been made meaningful.
www.garlikov.com /Counseling   (252 words)

 Ruth Kastner's Home Page
Individual philosophical counseling is a form of dialogue between two people, the philosopher and the client, in which the philosopher acts as advocate and guide in support of a client-chosen goal.
One important difference is that philosophical counseling does not assume that everyone with a difficulty or problem potentially has a psychological or psychiatric problem.
APPA-certified philosophical counselors are trained to define the scope of their practice and to be able to recognize clients whose problems fall outside that scope, for whatever reason.
www.wam.umd.edu /~rkastner   (923 words)

 Philosophical Counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Philosophical counseling emerged in Europe in the 1980's and has begun attracting American practitioners in the 90's.
Although not yet established and known to the public as a professional service, it is not too early for undergraduates seriously interested in philosophy to consider this as a possible career goal in the future.
Philosophical counseling might be considered as an alternative to institutional teaching, or, perhaps, as a supplementary form of service to the public.
www.towson.edu /~kealey/philcounsel.html   (183 words)

 INNER WISDOM - Philosophical Counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
There are many life issues that can be discussed and resolved by using reasoning, mutual exploration of values and beliefs, the use of ethical ideas, or alternative interpretations of the meaning of life.
I offer philosophical counseling to explore these and similar questions with you.
If you are interested in a mutual dialog about problems in your life, the meaning of life, or an ethical concern, this may be an option for you.
www.philosophypractice.com   (117 words)

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is convening a mini conference entitled "Ethical Issues for Social Workers and the Counseling Professions” on March 4 and 5, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida.
In order to provide the widest circulation of the contributions of IJPP to philosophical practice, the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy (ASPCP) is now making available free of charge all articles published in the Journal.
In the tradition of this remarkable philosopher, Elliot D. Cohen, one of the principle founders of "philosophical counseling" in the United States, shows you how to use your own native powers of reason to successfully address these and many other life problems.
www.aspcp.org   (905 words)

 Philosophical counseling | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is an interesting article on philosophical counseling, and the rivalry between Lou Marinoff's American Philosophical Practitioners Association and the American Society for Philosophy Counseling and Psychotherapy.
There are many trends and fashions to both philosophical and psychological thought, and these fashions amount to ideologies that mediate the relationships between the counselor and the counselee.
I was using more dramatic examples to explain it, but the lack of reason I described is more common in everday counselling for mildly afflicted people (the "disgruntled housewife" phenomenon that has caused so great a growth in therapy).
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 Philosophical Counseling with Greg Goode
It is a compassionate philosophical exploration that begins from your questions, and results in insight and understanding.
You can experience peace and clarity on issues pertaining to self-knowledge, the meaning of life, conflicts in values, cross-cultural tensions, ethical dilemmas at work and at home, family and relationship issues, and more.
Even for issues that don't seem "philosophical," this kind of investigation has the time-tested ability to foster radical shifts in your intellectual, emotional and perceptual experience.
www.heartofnow.com   (467 words)

 Philosophical Counseling Bibliography
Petra von Morstein (1999) "Anxiety and Depression: A Philosophical Investigation,"Radical Psychology, Vol.
----- (1995) "The Practice of Sartre's Philosophy in Philosophical Counseling and in Existential Psychotherapy", The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, vol.
----- (1996) "Philosophical Counseling and Humanistic Psychotherapy", Journal of Psychology and Judaism, vol.
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