Hot new trend of the day: Philosophical counselors
Murphy may have a PhD and an intimate knowledge of Aristotle and Descartes, but in her snug Takoma Park bungalow, shes helping a broken-hearted patient struggle through a divorce.
Instead of offering the wounded wife a prescription for Effexor which shes not licensed to do anyway she instructs her to read Epictetus, the original cognitive therapist, who argued that humans often mistake their feelings for facts and suffer as a result.
Murphy is one of an increasing number of philosophical counselors, practitioners who are putting their esoteric learning to practical use helping people with some of lifes persistent afflictions. Though they help clients cope with many of the same issues that conventional therapists do divorce, job stress, the economic downturn, parenting woes, chronic illness and matters of the heart their methods are very different.
Theyre like intellectual life coaches. Very intellectual. They have in-depth knowledge of Jean-Paul Sartres existentialist theories on the nature of life and can recite passages from Martin Heideggers phenomenological explorations of the question of being. And they use them to help clients overcome their mother issues.
(Via: Jordan Ballor )