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 Association.
And 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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