ELIZA MCDERMOTT, MA
hello and welcome. i'm eliza mcdermott, the founder and sole philosophical counselor at armchair philosophical counseling.
i started doing this 1-1 work with clients in 2015 after earning my certification in philosophical counseling from the national philosophical counseling association. at that time, i was not completely sure what it meant to be a philosopher engaging 1-1 with clients in deep dialogue and personal reflection. but i knew from my years of teaching and counseling that my approach to working with individuals, framed by my academic training in philosophy, led to great outcomes for those folks. i also wanted to explore how philosophical frameworks & methods could be useful for considering the problems of life, especially for people not interested in the academic field.
i help my clients by asking pointed questions and providing context, frameworks and formal logic guidance. clients do not read or engage with philosophy literature or history. philosophy in this context is a tool/resource that i employ to help clients navigate complex ideas and situations, like how a therapist employs psychology theories & modalities in their mental health counseling practice.
i've studied philosophy formally since 2004. i graduated Depaul University with a BA in 2008 and American University with a MA in 2012. my main fields of study are moral philosophy, ethics, existentialism, critical theory.
my academic and career work has been especially concentrated in feminist ethics, critical theory & reproductive justice and corresponding community-based programs and services. since 2008, i've worked as a crisis-counselor/interventionist in various shelters, transitional housing centers, college campuses and counseling centers. i've simultaneously worked as an educator in various alternative learning programs. the majority of my work has been done in domestic violence, sexual assault, racial justice advocacy. i've designed and launched dozens of classes, community education projects, public programs, etc with other organizations and businesses. scroll for list of examples.
i love doing philosophical counseling with clients even if it is still somewhat unconventional in the philosophy world! people i work with are excited to try out new points of view. they want to understand the internal complexities and conflicts that cause anxiety. and they are excited to take some time out of hectic, virtual lives to think deeply about what is meaningful in their lives and why.
if you think you are interested please reach out for a consultation. if it doesn't seem like a great fit i can recommend other resources!