I am an American Philosophical Practitioners Association certified philosophical practitioner and I have a PhD in Philosophy from Fordham University. If you have a problem you think I can help with write to me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com with the subject line “Philosophical Advice” and if I feel comfortable advising you, and can get to it, I will answer it here on the blog. All identities of those writing in for advice are kept strictly confidential. I use pseudonyms for all the letter writers when reprinting their letters, responding to them on the blog, and discussing them generally.

As a philosophical practitioner I help people reason through their beliefs, values, priorities, identities, emotions, ethical dilemmas, life decisions, existential quandaries, religious or post-religious struggles, love relationships, interpersonal conflicts, search for meaning and purpose, and struggles in any other areas of life in which some conceptual clarification, logical consistency, theoretical sensitivity, and emotional intelligence can be helpful.

I do not treat mental illness. I simply help people reason more clearly, consistently, ethically, and proactively about their lives.

Scroll down to the bottom of the present page for a full list of links to my advice columns to get a sense for the character and quality of my advice. New columns are written most Fridays and this page is regularly updated, so you can bookmark it to keep track of my advice.

If you are interested in consultations with me about philosophical issues in your own life, write me with the subject heading “Philosophical Practice”. All sessions are confidential. And it does not matter where you are in the world; philosophical practitioners are not bound by state certification requirements and restrictions, so you and I can meet online. The officially APPA  recommended and IRB-approved scope of practice for philosophical practitioners is as follows:

Philosophical counseling is intended for clients who are functional, and not mentally ill, but who can benefit from philosophical assistance in resolving ormanaging prpoblems asscoaited with normal life experience. The most suitable candidates for philosophical counseling are clients whose problems are centered in:

1. issues of private morality or professional ethics; or
2. issues of meaning, value, or purpose; or
3. issues of personal or professional fulfillment; or
4. issues of underdetermined or inconsistent belief systems; or
5. issues requiring any philosophical interpretation of changing circumstances

(Source: Philosophical Practice, Academic Press, NY, 2001, pg. 252)

Below is a list of links in my Philosophical Advice series. Keep tabs on this page to keep up with them all!

Philosophical Advice for a Christian Camp Counselor with Doubts

Philosophical Advice For A Rationalist Atheist Who Wants To Be Religious Without Betraying His Ideals

Philosophical Advice For A Bisexual Activist With A Potential Homophobe Housemate

Philosophical Advice For A Vegetarian Who Felt Compelled To Euthanize His Cat

Philosophical Advice for a Procrastinating Graduate Student

Philosophical Advice For Dealing With A Bad Mother With Medical Needs

Philosophical Advice For Someone Losing That Loving Feeling

Philosophical Advice On Being An Activist As A Young Academic

Philosophical Advice for a Lesbian Atheist with Religiously Homophobic In-Laws

Philosophical Advice About the Friend Zone

Four Part Special on Closed-mindedness:

Philosophical Advice About Not Appearing Closed-minded (Part 1)

Why Relativism Is So Appealing and Why Strong Beliefs Come Off Closed Minded (Part 2)

Why Even We Openminded Philosophers Sometimes Come Off As Dogmatic (Part 3)

How to Win Arguments without Coming off as Closedminded (Part 4)