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Beyond Psychotherapy: Life Counseling for Heart, Mind & Spirit — NYC to LA



Dr. Mark Dillof utilizes an innovative approach to healing. Broadly speaking, he engages in "philosophical counseling," but the term is misleading. For unlike others who call themselves philosophical counselors, he will not help you to arrive at a workable philosophy of life. Nor will he get you to think more logically and to act more rationally. He has something more ambitious in mind.

Dr. Dillof will teach you the art of using your present difficulties—such as a relationship conflict, an eating disorder, a problem at your workplace — as doorways into life’s deepest mysteries. This is not psychotherapy, but a uniquely Western route to Eastern wisdom.

Here is the good news: to get there, you need not meditate, stand on your head, or penetrate the meaning of an obscure Zen koan. On the contrary, you need only illuminate your everyday desires, aversions, conflicts, and anxieties.


Why, for example, have you been having nightmares about snakes? Why are you attracted to people who are bad for you? Why do you love garlic chicken but hate egg foo young? And why have you suddenly developed a passion to learn drumming? Questions like these may seem ordinary, obvious, and even trivial, but penetrate into their depths and you will be rewarded with profound, powerful, and liberating insights. Amazingly, then, your everyday life can be your path to wisdom, enlightenment, and bliss. Dr. Dillof has guided many people on this wondrous journey. He can guide you too.

Those who have been clients and students of Dr. Dillof, have sometimes referred to his counseling as "laugh therapy," for the byproduct of liberating insight is "cosmic laughter," i.e., a healthful laughter at ourselves and at the human condition. The goal of traditional psychotherapy is to become normal. Here, instead, is a path that is far more exciting and rewarding.

The objectives of psychotherapy vs. Dr. Dillof’s philosophical counseling

Psychotherapy Philosophical Counseling
  1. Mental Health
  2. Coping Skills
  3. Being Normal
  1. Wisdom, self-illumination
  2. Inner peace, bliss, nirvana
  3. Transcendence (inner freedom)
  4. Self-realization
  5. Spiritual passion, focus, intensity
  6. Cosmic laughter
  7. Mystery, Wonder, Amazement, Awe

Would you rather be normal or would you rather attain wisdom, bliss, and self-realization?Would you rather learn coping skills or would you rather experience wonder, amazement, and awe before life’s mysteries? Not much of a choice, is it!

Naturally, there are no guarantees that you will attain wisdom, bliss, and self-realization. Dr. Dillof will do everything that he can to help you on your journey, but it’s up to you how far down the road you will travel. The Bible offers hope, in that regard: "Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you." Just be sure, though, that you are knocking on the right door, the one that says "wisdom," and not the one that says "coping skills."

Finally, remember that life is over before you know it. As the 9th Century Zen master Huang Po soberly recommended: "You must make the most strenuous efforts. Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath." Bearing that in mind, it would be foolish to delay, because Dr. Dillof won’t be around forever, and neither will you. Consequently, if you feel that Dr. Dillof’s insights could benefit you, then make haste while the sun shines. Our telephone/office hours are 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard time, everyday, except Saturday.

For information: mdillof@verizon.net or call: (607) 723-2664


No matter what part of the globe you inhabit — from New York City (NYC) to Los Angeles CA, from London to Tokyo, from Boston MA to Chicago IL, from Brooklyn to Queens, from Binghamton to Ithaca, from Scranton PA to Syracuse NY, from Vestal to Endicott, from White Plains to Westchester, from Rochester to Buffalo, from Nassau to Suffolk, from Louisville KY to Cincinnati OH, from Indianapolis IN to Hartford CT, from Hollywood CA to Miami Beach FL, from Minneapolis MN to Madison WI, from Portland OR to Washington DC, from Seattle WA to the Bronx NY, from Toronto Canada to Vancouver, from San Francisco to Houston — distance is no barrier to an illuminating counseling and life coaching session!


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