I started life coaching in 2006 while doing PhD research at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. My five years of research began with how we can live an authentic way of life in the face of cultural obstacles, and ended with Philosophical Counselling. The problem of what authenticity means for each of us is a philosophical issue I have pondered ever since. Because what matters for each of us, is often very different from even those closest to us. Also, our starting position in life – everything from our individual strengths and weaknesses, our personality, to what was going on in our family and community when we were particular ages – can have a massively formative effect on who we can be and what we conclude would be the essential elements for us to think of our life as a good life when we are laying on our death bed.
Philosophy still forms the basis of my life coaching. The ancient Roman philosopher Seneca working in the Stoic tradition created a body of work that remains accessible to us in the twenty-first century. His letters and system of thinking are not without problems when we use them as a guide to a way of living 2,000 years after they were written. However, for us, they remain so useful because they are free of some of the more egregious faults of contemporary culture, and in many cases actively target ways we can manage contemporary obstacles to an authentic life. With a sensible guide Seneca can be a viable life coaching resource that enables us to refine what we really value in life, and supports us through the trials and tribulations of everyday human life on this planet.
Philosophy is not my only resource for helping you with life coaching. After finishing my research on Authenticity and Philosophical counselling I completed a Diploma of Counselling. Later I completed the qualifications for Career Counselling and joined the Career Development Association of Australia and became a professional member in 2018. This helps me provide guidance on what remains one of the most vexing issues we have to come to terms with for an authentic life in twenty-first century Australia as technology, China and Silicon Valley work culture transform our lives and society.
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