"An unexamined life is not worth living"
-- Socrates (ca. 469 BCE - ca. 399 BCE)
The overarching philosophy employed at Pacific Health Counselling & Consulting asserts that human beings are free and have the potential for self-actualization. Our experiences, however, ingrain certain beliefs about ourselves, others and the world. These deep-seated beliefs intertwine with our moment-to-moment experiences and direct our thoughts, actions and emotions. This outlook resonates with constructivist and existential philosophies, and prescribes that in order to promote change one must strive for authenticity and examine the meaning that one ascribes to actions and events. This view forms the basis of our treatment modalities, namely:
Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy are often referred to collectively as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). There is a considerable amount of empirical support for CBT. Indeed, CBT has been found to be effective in addressing a wide range of client concerns, especially anxiety and depression.
Existential Therapy, which is rooted in Existential philosophy, may be considered an evidence-based approach. This approach seeks to explore the meaning of human existence and underscores the importance of feeling, choice and individual agency. The origin of existential philosophy is generally associated with the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. However, existential thought may be traced to the ancient Greek philosophers such as Socrates, who espoused the Delphic dictate “know thyself” and proclaimed that “an unexamined life is not worth living.”