Counseling & Mentoring

One of my activities is philosophical counseling, a type of “therapy for the sane,” if you will, in which I meet (usually remotely) with clients who wish to discuss their existential problems within a philosophical, rather than a psychological or psychiatric, context.

I also offer one-on-one mentoring concerning the theory and/or practice of Stoic philosophy, for people who wish to look into it more in depth than it is possible by reading books on their own or participating in online groups.

If you wish to further explore either counseling or mentoring, or schedule an exploratory session, please use this contact form.

For more on the theory and practice of philosophical counseling, see here.

My certification for counseling comes from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. I was originally certified on 13 July 2014. You can visit my member page there.

If you think philosophical counseling / mentoring is for you, then I offer a number of ways to move forward. These suggestions are based on my experience as a counselor, and they seem to work well in many cases. They are all based on an approach often referred to as biblio-therapy, though the specific version I counsel is, of course, more philosophical than literary.

Path I — Exploring life philosophies

The objective of this path is to explore together a number of philosophies of life and to use our understanding of them to guide us toward a modification, improvement, or even complete rethinking of our own framework for living a good life. This path is based on selected chapters from this book.

Path II — Practical philosophy

This path would guide you in the practice of a number of specific exercises to improve your outlook on life, broadly based on Stoic techniques. It does NOT require you to buy into Stoic philosophy per se, as the techniques are of general use, and helpful for a range of life problems — from anger to anxiety, from relationships to career management. We would be using this book.

Path III — Modern Stoicism

If you are specifically interested in Stoicism, or think Stoic philosophy appeals to you, then we can focus on a combination of theory and practice based on this book. The book “updates” Epictetus’ version of classical Stoicism to the 21st century, while retaining the spirit and general framework of the original.

Path IV — Open ended bibliotherapy

Finally, none of the above may be the sort of thing you are looking for, in which case we could embark on an open ended path of philosophical bibliotherapy. If you opt for this path, you should feel free to suggest a book you might want to start with (e.g., Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching, Confucius’ Analects, Montaigne’s Essays, de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit; Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity; Janet Radcliffe Richards’ The Skeptical Feminist — the possibilities are endless). Alternatively, we could discuss together some suitable options, based on our first session.