According to the Preamble of the NPCA Standards of Practice, "a philosophical practitioner helps clients to clarify, articulate, explore and comprehend philosophical aspects of their belief systems or world views...Clients may consult philosophical practitioners for help in exploring philosophical problems related to such matters as mid-life crises, career changes, stress, emotions, assertiveness, physical illness, death and dying, aging, meaning of life, and morality."
Guy's primary methodology is Logic-Based Therapy, but I also employ other philosophical practice methods, for example Socratic Dialogue, Philosophical Contemplation & Bibliotherapy.
As part of a world-view analysis and restructuring process Guy teaches Wilberian integral metatheory which is a psychoactive worldview, in the sense that it can profoundly alter one's being-in-the-world by providing an overarching conceptual framework that allows for the integration of a multitude of epistemological orientations. Integral metatheory can be understood as providing "bigger headlights" when exploring any phenomenon whether personal or academic.
His approach is further informed by the philosophy of Stoicism, Virtue Ethics, the work of existential philosophers (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, & Camus) and existential psychologists (Frankl, Boss & Yalom).
Bob's primary theoretical orientation towards philosophical counselling is informed by integral meta-theory, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and the psychology of creativity.
Existential World-Design is the process where we analyse and restructure our personal beliefs systems. The concept of World-Design refers to the totality of our beliefs. Existential World-Design is an phenomenological process consisting of three steps; (1) Developing awareness of our world-designs, (2) checking the validity and logical consistency of our world-designs, (3) and restructuring of our world-designs.
Philosophically-orientated Recovery Coaching
We provide recovery coaching for individuals in addiction recovery informed by the philosophically-orientated approach of Integrated Recovery Meta-Therapy, as outlined in Guy's book An Integral Foundation for Addiction Treatment: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model. Our recovery coaching approach is guided by the notions that basic existential needs can be understood as ontological (i.e. inherent and not socially constructed), and addiction could be interpreted as pathological satisfiers of basic existential needs. From this premise it follows that a recovery process should then be understood not as “curing the addiction” or “treating the disease”, but rather as a lifestyle approach geared towards finding healthy satisfiers, which consequently would alleviate the need to rely on destructive satisfiers (i.e. drugs). Our coaching methodology assist individuals in developing a recovery lifestyle that replaces destructive ways of having basic needs with a well-balanced lifestyle conducive to sustainable recovery.
Philosophy in Recovery
We have observed that the study of philosophy can profoundly enrich the recovery process for individuals in addiction recovery. The 12 Step program can be understood as fundamentally a philosophically-oriented way of life and transformative practice, and its suppositions correlates with many philosophical notions and schools of thought (for example virtue ethics, existentialism, phenomenology, Smuts' theory of freedom).
Therefore the study of philosophy adds further depth to 12 Step practice and aids in personal development. Moreover, the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous were significantly influenced by philosophical ideas, for example, William James's pragmatism.
We assist individuals in recovery to explore philosophical paths of their choosing. As influenced by pragmatism, 12 Step philosophy promotes a pluralistic approach to existential concerns.
No one can build the bridge on which you in particular will have to cross the river of life - no one but yourself. Of course there are countless paths and bridges and demigods ready to carry you over the river, but only at the price of your own self. In all the world, there is one specific way that no one but you can take. - Friedrich Nietzsche