Ever since my first undergraduate philosophy course I have understood philosophy as praxis - a way of life, to be practiced in life and for life. After a rewarding career as an educator, I now work as a philosophical counselor, outside the ivory towers of the academic world, to help clients think with clarity and coherence about difficult and confusing life issues. And it is in my philosophical counseling practice that I am finally able to satisfy my Socratic passion for philosophy as praxis – philosophy as lived experience informed by deep thinking.
Over the years my thinking has been influenced by many philosophers, including Socrates, Aristotle, Merleau-Ponty, and Gerd Achenbach, so I am not wedded to any particular doctrine or school of philosophy. This is important because philosophical counseling is meant to support your thinking, your originality and your self-sufficiency, not make you conform to any pre-given set of beliefs.
My approach to counseling is also influenced by Buddhism and Taoism in that compassion and wisdom are touchstones of my practice.
Before starting a counseling practice I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in the Department of Philosophy, and then a member of the faculty there. After several years of teaching in Canada I returned to the United States, becoming a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Visiting Scholar at Brown University.
I am now Professor Emerita and a Certified Philosophical Counselor and Member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). I maintain membership in the American Counseling Association and am included in Marquis Who's Who in America 1998-2013.