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Philosophy Practice : An Alternative to Counseling and PsychotherapyPhilosophy Practice : An Alternative to Counseling and Psychotherapy by Shlomit C. Schuster

Although philosophy has become a purely academic discipline over the last few centuries, it once played an important role in the politics of  many Western nations. Now, the end of the 20th century, philosophy seems to be returning to its original, practical purposes, thanks to the new practice of philosophical counseling, which is now emerging as an alternative to psychoanalysis and other clinical approaches. This volume describes the main theoretical aspects of this practice based on an open-ended dialogue between a philosophical practitioner and a client or a group, and places it in a historical context, while contrasting it with various forms of psychological counseling. To illustrate how philosophy can be beneficial, the author, a practicing philosophical counselor, also presents several case studies from her own practice. 

About the Author

Dr. Shlomit C. Schuster is a practicing philosophical counselor. She has many years of experience in conducting private sessions in counseling and in instructing philosophers who want to begin their own counseling practice. She can be reached at centersophon@geocities.com  

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