Counseling : Theory and Practice, by Peter B. Raabe, Ph.D.
Counseling is an easy to read but
scholarly book that discusses what philosophical counseling is all
about. The theoretical sections are clearly written and
accessible, and are supported by many examples and case studies.
The theoretical chapters include discussions of worldview
interpretation, phenomenology, hermeneutics, Socratic dialogue, a
critique of the "beyond-method method", and philosophy as a
way of life, as well as the similarities and differences between
philosophical counseling and psychotherapy.
The practical chapters include a new model for philosophical counseling,
and discussions of various important issues such as the preventive /
proactive element in philosophy, the relationship of the emotions to
philosophy, feminism in philosophical counseling, the problems with
attempting to diagnose, the question of professional neutrality, and the
limits of philosophical counseling.
Case studies and examples include a single session with a young woman
whose fiancée criticizes her for being too proud, a long-term
counseling relationship with a mother whose attempt to create the
perfect family has failed, a group of men who are trying to improve
their lives, and a group of children struggling with questions about
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Founded in 1992, the American Society for Philosophy,
Counseling, and Psychotherapy (ASPCP) promotes the philosophical
examination of the theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy
and of philosophy as a private practice profession. It hosts annual
program sessions at each of the divisional meetings of the American
Philosophical Association, holding its national business meeting with
the APA Eastern Division.
Peter B. Raabe, Ph.D.
Peter Raabe is the first Canadian and one of very few
people internationally to be awarded a doctorate based on a dissertation
about philosophical counseling.
From "What is Philosophical Counseling"
Simply put, philosophical counseling consists of a
trained philosopher helping an individual deal with a problem or an
issue that is of concern to that individual. 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. It is when problems become too complex --
as, for example, when values seem to conflict, when facts appear
contradictory, when reasoning about a problem becomes trapped within a
circle, or when life seems unexpectedly meaningless -- that a trained
philosopher can be of greater help than the average friend or family
Books by Peter B. Raabe:
Counseling : Theory and Practice, Praeger Pub, November,
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