Philosophy & Counselling: Epicurus on Happiness

British philosopher Alain De Botton discusses the personal implications of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270BCE) who was no epicurean glutton or wanton consumerist,but an advocate of "friends, freedom and thought" as the path to happiness.

Philosophy is often a useful complementary mean to psychotherapy and counselling. The philosophical reflection on a particular problem - such as anger, hardship, stress or anxiety – or on general problems - such as the question of a happy and meaningful life – can often positively support the progress of psychotherapy and counselling.