Hello, my name is Michael Lucana, and I am a Philosophical Counselor.
Thousands of years ago, philosophy was a way of life for people. They used it to help them face life’s challenges and to better themselves. In the present day, philosophical counseling takes the methods and insights developed by the philosophical tradition and applies them to the problems of everyday life. Whether you are struggling with deep questions about the meaning of life, or facing obstacles towards your goals of becoming a better person, I am here to help you. Through a method of reflective thinking and interpersonal dialogue, we can work together to help you develop the philosophical skillset to face the fundamental issues which affect your life.
My educational background includes a B.A. in Philosophy & Religion as well as an M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. I am also accredited by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area and am currently available for remote counseling sessions via Zoom. I am also available for in-person sessions on a case by case basis.
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If you are interested in reading articles related to the practical benefits of Philosophy, please visit the Blog section of this website. It is updated with new articles on a regular basis.
Latest from the Blog
Written by Michael Lucana This is an exploration of anxiety from an Existentialist viewpoint. This particular subject is close to my heart and so I drew much from own personal trials and tribulations. Everybody has their own battles with anxiety that they contend with and this essay is meant in no way to minimize or … Continue reading Excursions into Anxiety
Reading from Seneca’s Letters: Letter II Written by: Michael Lucana This article is part of a semi-regular series in which I read from Seneca’s Letters and explain how they relate to my own life experiences. In the letter under analysis below, Seneca gives his thoughts on how to have a self-disciplined reading experience. You can … Continue reading How Many Books is Too Much?
Written by: Michael Lucana I don’t like to run. So I don’t know why I titled this article the way I did. But I do go hiking quite often. Nothing too crazy or dangerous though. Most of the time I wouldn’t even call it hiking, just a very brisk walk in an upwards direction surrounded … Continue reading Run, Run, Run: Selfhood & Despair
Written by: Michael Lucana The Stoics were very much concerned with being the best version of themselves that they could be. And for them, this meant being rational, but they were not robots. That much is very clear when you read their writings. Epictetus, a former slave, could never be mistaken for Seneca, an advisor … Continue reading Reason, Emotion, Happiness