I'm an APPA-certified Philosophical Counselor, with 2 years training and 1 year client service at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, NYC, a tenured Professor of Philosophy (CUNY), a Meditation and Yoga Instructor, and 4th-degree blackbelt. I've taught philosophy, meditation, and yoga, on campus and in the community, for about 20 years, seen clients as a Philosophical Practitioner, a Gestalt Psychotherapist (under supervision), and a Yoga Therapist. I've conducted many Socratic Dialogues, Philosophy Cafes, Meditation groups and series, and Yoga classes and workshops, in a wide variety of venues, to thousands of clients and students.
I customize a variety of Counseling services, using a whole-person (or group) approach addressing beliefs, views, perspectives, values, experiences, emotions, desires, goals, choices, identity, narrative, etc., primarily through Philosophical Dialogue, but employing a variety of multiple modalities as they seem appropriate or useful within the context of a particular session. The immediate goal is resolving the present issue; the greater goal is cultivating the client's inner philosopher.
I have training in Gestalt, Philosophical Counseling, Socratic Dialogue, Meditation, Yoga, and Spirituality (having studied with Ram Dass and other noted spiritual figures). I've been in Gestalt Therapy as a client since 2003 and have been teaching Philosophy, Meditation, and Yoga for over 20 years. I specialize in philosophical, spiritual, and existential indigestion. My main philosophical research interests revolve around exploring consciousness, mental freedom, mindfulness meditation, free will, mental causation, and the relationships between them, as well as the philosophy of religion, philosophy of spirituality, ethics, contemplative philosophy, and contemplative practices.