In philosophical counselling two people meet for a dialogue: a person with concerns and a trained philosopher. The aim of their conversation is to open up new ways of thinking and acting in problem situations.
The first philosophical counsellorís practice was opened in Germany in 1981 by Gerd B. Achenbach (see the links). It is now available worldwide.
Philosophy has over 2000 years of experience in dealing with
questions of human life. A philosophical counsellor does not offer
direct advices for another personís specific situation but rather
helps to reflect on important questions. Peopleís questions vary
from relationship problems and work-related challenges to
re-thinking the meaning of life.
Philosophical counselling can also take place in a group setting, see eg. Socratic Dialogue.