Guy du Plessis  

Philosophical Counselling

I am a certified philosophical  counsellor certified as a Logic-Based Therapist by the Logic-based Therapy and Consulting Institute which is part of the National Philosophical Counselling Association (NPCA). 

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."

My 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 I teach  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. 

My 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). 

Philosophy as a Way for Life for Addiction Recovery

My approach is based on the premise that philosophy as a way of life is a compelling and legitimate recovery pathway for individuals in addiction recovery. 

Philosophy as a way of life is an idea can be traced back to ancient Greece where “philosophy was a mode of existing-in-the-world, which had to be practiced at each instant, and the goal of which was to transform the whole of the individual’s life” and “a method of spiritual progress which demanded a radical conversion and transformation of the individual’s  way of being” (Hadot, Davidson & Chase, 1995, p. 265). 

My articulation of philosophy as a way of life is informed by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s (1980) conceptualization of philosophy “as therapy,” and as an ensemble of spiritual exercises and techniques of askesis. Nietzsche’s philosophy “is a kind of eudaimonistic teaching that aims at a healing of individuals and the cultures they inhabit by way of self-perfection” (Hutter, 2006, p. 16).

I assist my clients in recovery in integrating philosophy as a way of life as part of their recovery lifestyle. 

Visit the Phronesis Institute's website.

Download my article, An Existential Perspective on Addiction: A Logic-Based Therapy Case Study, as an example of the application of logic-based therapy.

Moreover, this article highlights the value philosophical counselling has for addiction treatment and recovery coaching. 


My Personal Philosophy Library

Here is a link to my philosophy book collection in my personal library (Library Cat Database), which my clients can peruse to explore philosophical literature to be used in bibliotherapy. 

Each book is linked to the Library Thing Database which provides reviews and some background information of the book and author. 

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