Lu Marinof, founder and president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), philosophy professor at City college in New York and author of bestseller „Plato not Prozac,“ describes the work of a philosophy adviser with these words: „If you have a stone in your shoe, organized religion will most likely tell you that the stone has forever been there, that it is good to put up with it, learn to live with it without complaining, and that through putting up with it you will build your personality and virtue. Psychoanalyst will ask you when the stone turned up for the first time, how did your stone problem develop, and weather you can understand the origin of it’s presence. Cognitive psychotherapist will ask you how the stone makes you feel. Philosophical adviser will tell you to take the stone out of the shoe.“
Philosophical counseling is designed for rational people with realistic problems in life: relationship problems, marriage, school or university, work relationships, and friend relationships, as well as for persons with ethical dilemmas that wish to gain more control over their lives. Philosophical counseling is different from psychotherapy but also is connected to it. Looking at it from the outside, philosophical counseling consists of conversations as well as psychotherapies. While in philosophical counseling a person is a client and not a „patient“ that needs „treatment.“ Philosophical counseling approaches therapy in a way to solve the problem and not the client personality.
The conversations are based on philosophical methods that are, by the counselor’s opinion, most suitable for the client or their specific problem. The aim of counseling is to help the client solve their problems and enable them to handle their problems themselves well into the future, in the shortest amount of time possible.
The cost of a 50 minutes session is 20 euros. To schedule a session via Skype click here