Counseling pertains typically to individuals. It may be for the resolution of mental conflict or of confusion, whether or not it is leading to emotional difficulties, or "merely" for the enrichment of one's view of existence. Although philosophical counseling is not appropriate for severe psychiatric disorders (which usually require medical intervention), it may well be a substitute for psychological counseling if the cause of any relevant issue is related to one's beliefs, values or general understanding of existence. Hence, someone ready actually to commit suicide should contact a medical practitioner without hesitation; someone who is merely contemplating the conceptual issues pertaining to suicide, such as whether it is ever justified, is a potential candidate for philosophical discussion and counseling.
Sample questions that are often brought up by clients or that may require discussion because of derivative matters are:
Counseling sessions -- no matter what the topic -- are absolutely confidential.
Institutional clients of Philosophical Consulting or of Dr. Scott have included (in alphabetical order):
Mentoring is intended for those either wishing to prepare for a degree in philosophy (or in any field requiring critical thinking especially) at an accredited institution of higher learning or wishing help if already enrolled in one. Sessions are usually conducted by Dr. Scott. Areas not within his expertise will be taken by other specialists, through referral.
Consulting pertains typically to group situations, for example, a seminar at a corporation on business ethics or a workshop at a high school on applied ethics. Sample questions that supplement at least some of those mentioned above and that might be addressed, depending on the needs or level of the group, are:
LINKS TO OTHER SITES ON PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTITIONING
OR PHILOSOPHICAL COUNSELING
(links are provided in alphabetical order for information only - no recommendation of any sort is necessarily implied)
You might also find the following article helpful, or at least slightly amusing:
" I Bill, Therefore I Am..." (New York Times, March 8, 1998, Joe Sharkey)
(this can only be accessed via the NYT's Web page)
For even greater comic relief, try:
" The Philosopher is in" (New Yorker, May 1998, Lawrence Douglas & Alexander George)