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Philosophical Counseling

Do you have questions about the meaning of your life? or issue in regards to: Morality? Values? Identity? Marriage? Religion? Ethics? Relationships either romantic, personal, or professional? All of these and others are philosophical questions and a philosopher would be the person to ask. Just as you ask a medical doctor about your physical health, a psychologist about your mental health, an accountant about your financial health you can ask a philosopher about existential path as well as your spiritual health.

All the world is a stage – and everything about you, from the mundane to the extraordinary, is a story living in your mind. In this story you can play many roles, but more importantly you also the producer and the creator. Philosophical counseling will allow you to open yourself to fresh perspectives and discoveries that comes from having the courage to be creative and take risks toward unexplored territories and to enjoy more fulfilling life.

spiral2grow, a counseling practice in New York City, provides a philosophical counseling. Philosophical Counseling is a form of individual counseling that seeks to provide the client with answers and solutions to the problems and questions that challenge our lives. Philosophical counseling is not psychotherapy, yet closely related to spiritual counseling. The goal of a philosophical counselor is to help clients reach clarity by having a deeper understanding of themselves and their issues through reasoned, rational discussion allowing the clients to make better decisions in their lives to achieve more gratifying and examined life.

A philosophical counselor helps clients to clarify, articulate, explore and comprehend philosophical aspects of their belief systems or “world views.” Clients may consult philosophical practitioners for help in exploring philosophical problems related to such matters as mid-life crisis, career changes, stress management, emotional regulation, assertive behavior, illness, aging and dying as well as meaning of life and morality.

Philosophical counseling modality and tools can also serve psychotherapy practices by helping them becomes more effective. As such, spiral2grow, located in Manhattan at 260 Madison #8023, New York, NY 10016, offers philosophical therapy for individuals and couples that face variety of existential and philosophical issues as well as challenging and important situations that require a decision making.

  • Introduction to Philosophical counseling
    • Philosophical counseling, also called philosophical practice, is a new movement in practical philosophy and provides a unique counseling method that is rooted in the Socratic tradition, which viewed philosophy as a therapy for the soul. Philosophical counseling is an invitation to a philosophical way of life with its inevitable emphasis on virtues. It offers a practical model to explore and bring about integrated, meaningful life. In other words, it aspires individuals to live life based on principles that lead to fulfillment and happiness.
    • Philosophical counseling focuses on three goals. First, it seeks to help individuals achieve a sense of meaning by allowing them to move from a limited subjective view to a broader external and more detached perspective. Through philosophical dialogue, clients guided to have a better sense of how their lives fit into the general priorities of things. Second, clients promoted to achieve a greater sense of wholeness, a sense of integration between “conflicting” commitments, rolls, desires and different parts of their personality. By integrating the parts within the self, the clients no longer feel in chaos or alienated but integrated and intact. And, third, it brings us the peace of mind and equanimity that follows inner tranquility and acceptance. In this respect, individuals are no longer confused, but rather we feel that they have finally understood the root of things and accepted them. At its best, philosophical counseling is concerned with helping us become our best selves.
  • The Process of Philosophical Counseling
    • Philosophical counseling is a form of rational inquiry whose purpose is to help us clarify situations for us. We might be confused about some fairly basic things: what is important and meaningful to us, what would make us happy, how we should treat our friends or neighbors, where our life’s taking us, and what we care most about. What we are looking for is a better vantage point from which to analyze our lives, some reasonable ways of getting back on track, and some sensible strategies for adapting to a changing environment. In other words, we look for guidance, wisdom and consolation.
    • There are two main basic approaches to philosophical counseling. One is the “deliberative” approach, when a specific question and a set deadline is provided. Clients are looking for help figuring out how to identify, weigh, and reason through their options and how to make at a sensible decision. The second option is on indefinite basis while the counselor intended not so much to discuss virtues but to help the counselees to modify their thoughts, feelings or behavior through the power of virtues. On this view, conversation partners meet with philosophical counselors on an in order to perceive themselves–their thoughts, desires, and aims–more clearly.
    • One strategy for effective process is designed by Lou Marinoff who developed the acronym “PEACE” for a five step philosophical counseling process: “ Problem identification,” “Expressing emotion,” “Analyzing options,” “Contemplation,” and “Equilibrium.”
    • One good way of understanding philosophical counselling is this: we seek to clarify together what a wise person would think and do in the counselle’s situation. Wisdom refers to a large number of cognitive and practical virtues, and philosophical counseling is a process where the counselee’s powers of virtue are examined and encouraged. This is often therapeutic in the sense that it enhances the counselee’s well-being. The process of philosophical counseling.
  • The Role of Philosophical Counselor
    • Philosophical Counseling is probably not capable of solving all your problems, especially those of a non-philosophical nature (there is no amount of philosophical counseling that will cure a cold) but the understanding and perspective a session of philosophical counseling can provide will prove priceless as a tool for living your life. A Philosopher can help you figure out and resolve some of the hardest problems to identify and deal with problems of the soul.
    • The counselor attempts to facilitate a client to solve their own problems yet demonstrate a genuine concern and compassion for the clients dilemmas. The counselor must listen and at appropriate times reflect by restating or rephrasing what the client had expressed. This serves two purpose. First it allows the client to feel he is being heard. And secondly, it allows for any misunderstandings to be identified and corrected. When the counselor feels he understands what the client is communicating, the counselor can proceed with questions. These questions can pertain to feelings, thoughts, beliefs, expectations, past experiences, preferences, or other details relating to the issue.
    • The counselor and clients will define the goals they wish to achieve. They may explore other options in addressing the ultimate objective and the real issues behind the desired goal. The counselor should encourage the client to ultimately draw their own conclusions and choose the direction the want to take in resolving the issue. The counselor may challenge the client to formulate a behavioral goal to address the ultimate objective. Ultimately, the a counselor helps others understand themselves and their existence so they both may live to fully experience what it is to be human.
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