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From Morality to Mental HealthVirtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture$
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Mike W. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195304713.001.0001

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Philosophical Counseling

Philosophical Counseling

(p.160) 14 Philosophical Counseling
From Morality to Mental Health

Mike W. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter applies the moral-therapeutic perspective to philosophical counseling. Philosophical counseling applies ethical perspectives, critical thinking, and other philosophical resources to help individuals pursue meaningful lives and cope with personal problems. Philosophical counselors embraced a morality-therapy dichotomy in order to distinguish their moral-oriented endeavors from the health-oriented work of psychotherapists. Philosophical counseling becomes more coherent by embracing an integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective centered on the themes of healthy morality, responsibility for health, and moral-laden mental health.

Keywords:   meaningful life, helping, psychotherapy, philosophical counseling, ethical perspectives

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