Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Philosophical counselling: Towards a ‘new approach’ in pastoral care and counselling?

Daniel J. Louw
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a900 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.900 | © 2011 Daniel J. Louw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 June 2010 | Published: 12 May 2011

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Daniel J. Louw, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


The practice of pastoral counselling was dominated for several decades by the Rogerian techniques of empathetic listening. To a large extent, healing was predominately related to the realm of feelings (the affective dimension). Rational Emotive Therapy opened up other avenues. However, besides Logotherapy, the realm of meaning and its connectedness to world views and ideas (Plato: forms) remained uncharted in many theories for pastoral care and counselling. In this article it was argued that philosophical counselling opens up new avenues for pastoral care and counselling. Philosophical counselling probes into the realm of different schemata of interpretation. A model for the making of a spiritual existential analysis was proposed in order to detect the impact of the Christian spiritual schema of interpretation on the dynamics of existential networking.


Philosophical counselling; transcendent inquiry; trans-spection; pro-spection; cura animarum; therapeutic perpectivism; wise therapy; hope care


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