Understanding - Empathy - Logic 

Logic Based Therapy addresses emotional, relational and life challenges. We work to identifying emotions (how you are feeling and what you feeling that way about: sometimes this is challenging, and we can't do it ourselves) and, most importantly, your reasoning that leads to these feelings. What do you believe that makes you feel that way? We identify false, unreasonable and counterproductive beliefs and assumptions that contribute to negative feelings. We work to reject these beliefs, using a variety of exercises and activities. We develop new, better ways of thinking - new patterns of reasoning and responding - and practice integrating them into our lives.

Better thinking = a better life!

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Philosophers traditionally try to provide reasonable answers to difficult questions:
  • What do we know? What is knowledge, as opposed to mere belief?
  • Is there a God?
  • Do we have free will?
  • Are our minds our brains, or is there an immaterial part of us? Do we continue to exist after death?
  • What is the nature of morality? What actions are wrong, and why? What ought we do, and why? What is a good person?
  • What is a fair and just society?
  • Does life have meaning? What is a meaningful life? What is a good life?
Philosophers try to answer these questions with arguments: answers to questions like these that are conclusions, supported by premises or reasons. Philosophers use logic. 

Logic Based Therapists are philosophers who apply these same logical methods used in addressing abstract questions to personal and relational difficulties and challenges. They help us identify and evaluate the arguments that shape our emotional and relational lives. The 'conclusions' are our feelings: the 'premises' are the beliefs that contribute to these feelings. 

A Logic Based Therapist helps someone identify the pattern of reasoning that is leading to his or her troubling  feeling-conclusions and then critique that reasoning. People sometimes have unpleasant feelings because they believe a claim that's false, or they believe something that there is insufficient evidence to believe, or they accept an assumption that's unreasonable, or they are holding themselves to a standard that they wouldn't expect others to follow and so they are being inconsistent and unfair, to themselves. A philosopher can help expose these mistaken and unproductive beliefs, and help someone come to a new, more productive understanding of themselves, their relationships and their world. 

Philosophical counseling can be especially useful when the troubling issue has an explicitly philosophical dimension, such as:
  • a moral or ethical dilemma or question, at home or at work;
  • a concern about religious (or irreligious) faith and doubt;
  • a troubling contradiction or inconsistency;
  • concerns about a personally meaningful and valuable life, including employment;
  • clarifying your own views, your own understanding of difficult concepts and values.
  • seeking personal authenticity and autonomy: becoming your own person, in light of your own choices and values. 
But any challenging emotional or relational issue can benefit from a patient, systematic, and caring and supportive investigation of how you feel and why you feel that way, and the application of philosophical techniques to reveal areas for positive change. 

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More about Philosophical Counseling

Philosophy, or philosophical thinking, involves the careful and patient application of logic and critical thinking to difficult questions about ethics, existence, meaning, knowledge, religion, society and more. The goal is to examine the arguments and reasons given for and against various positions on philosophical issues and to try to find out which view is supported by the best arguments.

Philosophical counseling involves the application of critical thinking -- this process of identifying and evaluating reasons and arguments -- to problems of a more personal nature: difficult feelings, behavioral challenges, struggles in relationships, personal moral dilemmas and more. This type of philosophical counseling is known as Logic-Based Therapy

Logic-Based Therapy (LBT), founded by Dr. Elliot D. Cohen is a leading modality of "philosophical counseling" or "philosophical practice." Like psychological practice, philosophical practice aims at helping clients address their behavioral and emotional problems. But philosophical counselors stress philosophical methods and theories -- such as identifying and evaluating the reasoning that influences our beliefs and feelings -- above typical psychological ones, such as reflecting on how your family's influence on your thoughts and feelings.

LBT is an offspring of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) (also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Cognitive Therapy) developed by, among others, psychologist Albert Ellis in the 1950's.  Dr. Ellis's vision was cultivate a form of therapy enlightened by philosophy and logic. There are many videos of Albert Ellis: 

For more information on philosophical counseling, see National Philosophical Counseling AssociationAnd here are some news articles on philosophical counseling: 
The Institute of Critical Thinking, founded in 1985, seeks to carry on this philosophical tradition in the form of LBT.  To learn more about LBT and its relation to REBT see LBT:  The New Philosophical Frontier for REBT.  Also, see Dr. Cohen's blog on Psychology Today called "What Would Aristotle Do?" and his articles and books:
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