As human beings, we normally face a variety of problems
in life. Some common problems are medical, psychological,
social, legal or financial. In such cases, there are lots
of trained professionals to help you: physicians, psychiatrists,
psychologists, social workers, lawyers, or accountants.
Human beings normally face other kinds of problems, too.
Some problems involve questions concerning meaning, value,
purpose, identity, dignity, autonomy, responsibility, happiness,
fulfillment, morality or justice. Other problems involve
dilemmas, relationships, conflicts with oneself or others,
or a need to understand things more clearly. Everyone has
a philosophy of life, which is their guide to living. Sometimes
one's life is not all it could be or should be, because
one's philosophy is not all it could be or should be. A
philosophical counselor can help you examine your life,
and your philosophy of living. By leading a more examined
life, you may find new ways to resolve or manage your problems.
Not every personal problem is a mental illness. If you
are physically ill or emotionally dysfunctional, see a
doctor. But if you want to examine your life, see a philosophical
counselor. You'll get dialogue, not diagnosis. If your
philosophy of life is not performing well, maybe it needs
a tune-up. Philosophical counseling is therapy for the
The APPA trains, certifies and represents philosophical
counselors. You can find a directory of practitioners
on this site, by selecting Practitioners from the menu.
You'll find lots of other information about philosophical
counseling by continuing to explore this site.
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