I am a Logic-Based Consultant certified by the Logic-Based Therapy and Consultation Institute in February 2020 (Certificate No. 326). In reliance upon my professional training and practical experience in Eastern and Western philosophies, religions, and spiritual ways of life, I provide counseling service to human fellows for the purpose of our interconnected, full human flourishing. Here are the major questions you may ask before you seek me for a counseling service of the Logic-Based Therapy and Consultation (LBTC):
1, What makes LBTC distinctive from other types of counseling, such as psychological and religious ones?
The guiding principle of LBTC is philosophy as a way of life. It treats human being as free agents with their irrevocable deliberate autonomy. Therefore, a typical LBTC service helps clients uncover the logical root of emotions, and form the needed habits of life to enhance their general well-being.
Compared with a typical psychological counseling, the distinction of LBTC consists in:
(1) Since LBTC believes the free agency and creativity of human individuals, it does not treat the aforementioned “logical root” of emotions as “causes.” Instead, clients are guided by a LBTC consultant to use their own human reason to uncover varying logical fallacies leading to self-defeating emotions. After refuting these fallacies, clients are capable of transforming their thinking and behaving patterns out of their own initiative. In other words, LBTC aims to find good “reasons” of good life, rather than diagnosing the causes of psychological problems. Hence, a typical LBTC prescription is not any drug or medication, but a suggested new way of life illuminated by an inspiring conversation or a timely reading.
(2) Although a LBTC service usually starts from discussing problems with clients, its ultimate goal is to help clients cultivate the needed virtues for living a self-determined, well-connected, and fulfilled human life. Hence, the relationship between a LBTC consultant and their clients is not typically one of a psychiatrist with their patients; instead, the relationship is an enlightened friendship based upon our common trust upon the inherently good and empowering aspect of human nature which is defined by freedom and wisdom.
Compared with counseling services that one can seek from a religious institution such as in a Christian church or a Buddhist temple, the distinction of LBTC consists in its pluralism. Notwithstanding that a LBTC consultant may have their own spiritual commitment (such as me, a Ruist scholar), LBTC respects or helps to clarify a client’s own philosophical or religious orientation, and advises the client to devise appropriate habits of living on the basis of the orientation. In this way, a LBTC consultant would not impose any pre-established philosophy, religion, or ideology to their clients.
Despite these differences, LBTC sees psychological and religious counseling as its strong allies to serve a common goal, i.e., human flourishing. Hence, in their practice, a LBTC consultant will broadly use the knowledge of human existence contributed by the discipline of psychology and by varying religious traditions. In certain cases, a LBTC service needs to refer its clients to a psychiatrist or a religious leader for problems outside of its purview.
2, What problems can LBTC help to address?
Sample problems that a LBTC consultant can address include:
- Moral issues
- Values disagreements
- Political issues and disagreements
- Writers block
- Time management issues
- Career issues
- Job loss
- Problems with coworkers
- Disability issues
- Financial issues
- End of life issues
- Midlife issues
- Adult children of aging parents
- Problems with family
- Family planning issues
- In-law issues
- Breakups and divorce
- Parenting issues
- Becoming a parent
- Sibling rivalry
- Finding out one is adopted
- Falling in and out of love
- Loss of a family member
- Loss of a pet
- Friendship issues
- Peer pressure
- Academic or school-related issues
- Religion and race-related issues
- Entertainment-related issues
- Technology-related issues
However, a LBTC consultant does not address mental disorders. They will refer such matters to licensed mental health professionals. (For more explanation on this issue, please click here.)
3, Under what circumstances, can I seek the counseling of LBTC?
Two minimal conditions need to be fulfilled before one decides to seek a LBTC service:
- Firstly, your life is bothered by a concrete problem similar to the sample ones listed above.
- Secondly, you can describe your problem and express your concerns in a relatively clear language so as to be able to engage a logic-based therapy and consultation.
Before officially starting the LBTC sessions, I usually conduct a short preliminary session to evaluate whether a potential client fulfills these two conditions.
4, What does a typical LBTC service look like?
The service is normally conducted by three to four 50-minute sessions, depending upon the complexity of problems to address. Within these sessions, six major steps will be implemented:
- Firstly, the reasoning process which leads to a or multiple self-defeating emotions will be identified. For instance, when you are constantly anxious, you will need to understand what you are anxious about and why.
- Secondly, whether that is a sound emotional reasoning will be discussed.
- Thirdly, if that is not a sound reasoning, we need to refute it so as to correct your thinking. If that is a sound reasoning, we need to reframe it so as to have it contribute to your well-being.
- Fourthly, in order to counteract the fallacious or deficient reasoning that is identified by the steps Two and Three, you will be suggested with a guiding virtue to form an appropriate habit.
- Fifthly, to provide a philosophical, spiritual, or religious antidote that promotes the guiding virtue.
- Sixthly, to apply the philosophy, spirituality or religion by designing and implementing a plan of action.
Sometimes, if the client needs more guidance, such as when they need a guided practice of meditation to facilitate the implementation of the action plan, the service can last longer. However, LBTC typically does not schedule unnecessary sessions lest clients may become dependent upon the service.
5, What results can a client reasonably expect from the counseling of LBTC?
The success of LBTC depends upon the willpower of clients to consistently, persistently, and creatively implement their plans of action so as to form the appropriate way of life. In this sense, a LBTC consultant cannot guarantee that problems raised by clients are successfully resolved.
However, a client can safely expect that through an enlightened, logical conversation of LBTC, they succeed to find a correct way of thinking, and accordingly, they start to, under the guidance of a LBTC consultant, put this way of thinking into practice.
6, How can I schedule a LBTC service with Dr. Bin Song?
As a bilingual (English/Mandarin Chinese) LBTC consultant, I currently volunteer to provide services to local communities in the greater district of Maryland and Washington D.C.. I also provide similar online services to friends from afar. If you want to schedule a preliminary consulting session with me, please send an email to: email@example.com. Because I am dedicated to college teaching and researches in spring and fall, please expect my delay of response in these two seasons.