Dr. Peter Raabe

Research Interests

  • Philosophy as it enriches professional mental healthcare
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Counseling
  • The application of artificial intelligence (AI) to mental healthcare

Other Scholars in Philosophy


I was born in 1949 in Montabauer, Germany and have lived in Canada since 1957. I won numerous public speaking awards in both elementary and high school. The high point of my varied working life was the International Investigative Journalism Award I won during the five years I spent working as an interviewer in professional radio broadcasting. It was during this time that I realized I had a passion for researching, learning, counselling, and teaching. Areas of expertise include mental health; psychotherapy and counselling.

I have a private practice in philosophical counselling in which philosophical discussion is used to help individuals deal with life problems and issues. My work is featured in an article in the Spring 2011 edition of UFV's Skookum magazine, titled Not-So-Crazy' Talk.

The Korean National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected the Korean translation of my book Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice as one of the outstanding books of 2011. The NAS allocated 15,000,000 won (approx. $15,000 CDN) to purchase this book and distribute it to Korean universities, public libraries, and research centers.

PhD, University of British Columbia, 1999
MA, University of British Columbia, 1995
BA (Hons), University of British Columbia, 1994

Teaching Interests

Critical Thinking/Reasoning (PHIL 100)
Ethics (PHIL 110)
Metaphysics and Epistemology (PHIL 120)
Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 322)
Philosophy for Counselors (PHIL 367)

My Books

Women in Philosophical Counseling. Northvale, NJ.: Lexington. (2015).
Philosophy’s Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ.: Jason Aronson. 2013. Also in Korean Trans.
Philosophical Counseling and the Unconscious. Amherst, NY: Trivium Publications, 2006.
Issues in Philosophical Counseling. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing (Praeger),2002.
Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing (Praeger), 2001. Also in Korean, Italian, Complex Chinese, and Japanese trans.

My Book Chapters
"Philosophy Revalued in Mental Healthcare." In Practicing Philosophy. Aleksandar Fatic and Lydia Amir eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2015.
"Happiness Pills: Philosophy Versus the Chemical Solution." In Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy. Elliot D. Cohen and Samuel Zinaich eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

Additional Links
Philosophy's Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain?
Women in Philosophical Counseling

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