"Philosophy is not a theory but an activity." – Wittgenstein

Philosophical Counseling

Life presents us all with profound questions, difficult choices, and puzzling dilemmas. Conventional psychotherapy tackles these issues by delving into the emotional life. In philosophical counseling, we appeal to reason, looking carefully and critically at the ideas and assumptions that are behind the choices you make. Using the Socratic approach of questioning, I help you think more clearly and cogently about the values, beliefs, and ethical framework that shape your worldview.

Whether you are wrestling with a career choice or an ethical dilemma, are mired in an unsatisfactory relationship or feeling stuck in a general sense of unhappiness, we can work together – using the principles of reasoning developed by philosophers – to clear the way for positive change.

While philosophical counseling seeks to enhance your ability to conceptualize and to address personal issues in greater depth, it is not cheerless seriousness. There is humor in the human condition, and, as Wittgenstein observed, humor gives us a unique perspective on the world. At the height of laughter (which Hobbes calls "sudden glory"), the world is given an axial turn, catapulting us out of our normal orbit, out of our old, familiar thought patterns, and into the realm of new possibilities.

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