Client-centered dialogue

There is sometimes a need to find a deeper meaning, new direction or reorientation in life, or to make sense of what is going on around one. We all sometimes come to a cross-roads, where we ask: What is the meaning of what I am doing now? Should there be a time when things donít make sense, it is possible to start a sense-making process.

 

In philosophical counselling "the guest" brings the case. The starting point for the counsellor is to follow the guest in her thinking and try to understand her situation. Their common aim is to open up new ways to think and act.

 

The way I understand philosophical counsellorís methodology has much in common with the following statement by narrative therapists Freedman and Combs (1996):

 

We want to understand the meaning of their stories for them. This means turning our backs on Ďexpertí filters. What is important here is the word Ďexpertí. While it is impossible to avoid interpretation, we eschew the belief that we know more about a personís lived experience than the person does. The people we work with are the primary interpreters of their own experience.

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