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Applied Philosophy Academy
Philosophy for Everyday Living


About Us 


Guy du Plessis, MA 

Guy has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years as a addictions counsellor, program & clinical director, program developer, trainer, academic and researcher. Guy's primary application of philosophy has been in the field of addiction treatment and studies, where he explored the philosophical foundations underlying models of addiction and its treatment. He also developed models of addiction treatment informed by philosophical schools of thought, in particular existential philosophy and integral theories. In learning about and attempting to understand addiction he subsequently developed philosophically-orientated methodologies that can be applied to non-pathological problems of daily living. He is the developer of the Integrated Recovery Model and Integrated Recovery Meta-Therapy approach to substance use disorder treament. Guy's work has been applied in several treatment facilities, included in postgraduate university curriculums, as well as presented in academic textbooks. 

He is the author of the books An Integral Guide to Recovery: Twelve Steps and Beyond (Integral Publishers), An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model (Integral Publishers), co-author of Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction: Effective Tools for Relapse Prevention and Recovery (New Harbinger), Social Unrest: Resolving the Dichotomies of You/Me and Us/Them (Utah State University), and Resilient Mind Skills Workbook (Utah State University) and has published several academic articles in the fields of addiction treatment and studies, theoretical psychology and philosophy. He is currently working on two book projects.

He hold a BA in Psychological Counselling (cum laude), BA Hons in Psychology (cum laude), and MA in Psychology (cum laude) degrees from the University of South Africa (Unisa), and is currently pursuing pursuing PhD degree at Unisa, and completed part of his doctoral research as a visiting scholar at the University of Leven (KU Leuven). He is registered as a Psychological Counsellor with the HPCSA, and a certified as a Logic-Based Therapist by the Logic-Based Therapy and Consulting Institute. 

In addition to his private practice, research and consulting work he is a Research Consultant at the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies at Utah State University, Adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural Sciences at California Southern University, and Faculty Member at the Wayne Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Bellarmine University.

Personal website: guyduplessis.com

BoB Weathers, PhD

A highly regarded educator, recovery coach, author, public speaker, and university administrator, Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an M.A. in religious studies. Over the course of his professional career, “Dr. Bob” has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to satisfied clients. He has also committed the past 35 years to teaching, training, and inspiring graduate-level mental health providers at several southern California universities.

Dr. Bob is currently professor of clinical psychology at California Southern University, including helping to develop their nationally accredited addiction studies certificate and mindfulness-based clinical training coursework. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of respected professional reference books, journals, and edited volumes.

Dr. Bob’s current writing and in-demand public speaking focus on applying the principles of Integral Recovery (a holistic body/mind/spirit approach) to healing from shame and stigma on the way to sustained, successful addiction recovery. For fun, he loves to perform locally, as an avid, lifelong drummer, in his own highly praised jazz ensemble.

  •  Areas of research interest for Dr. Weathers include:
  •  Addiction and recovery – theory and interventions
  • Shame and stigma – theory and interventions
  • Integral/holistic theories of psychology and spirituality (Ken Wilber and others)
  • Interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory
  •  Psychology of creativity