Philosophical counseling takes its inspiration from the ancient practice of philosophy that began with Socrates, the great philosopher who lived in Athens over 2,000 years ago. For Socrates, philosophy was not merely a theoretical discipline – it was the art of living well. Socrates, who was famous for his fearless questioning and clear thinking, did not teach abstract theories in a formal school setting, but practiced philosophy in the streets, in the agora, with friends and neighbors.
Contemporary philosophical counseling follows in the footsteps of Socrates by taking philosophy out of the classroom and into everyday life. Using the reasoning principles and wisdom of philosophy, philosophical counseling addresses real-life questions and real-life problems. It does this by focusing on how you think, how your thinking affects your life, and how changing the way you think can transform your life.