Philosophic Psychology is a radically new form of psychotherapy created by Michael Elliott and Ryan Crowley, which takes a bold and shameless approach to the therapy room. While new to the field of counseling psychology, the ideas upon which it is founded date back to the very origin of Western Civilization. Accordingly, it roots the practice of psychotherapy in the accounts of human psychology provided by Plato and Aristotle, as well as twentieth century philosophers Leo Strauss and Seth Benardete. It calls for a return to the soul.
Philosophic Psychology: Counseling for the Cultural Crisis is the first in a forthcoming trilogy of books by Ryan and Michael, due out in late 2020. The origins of the book can be traced back to the 19-year relationship between these two psychotherapists, when Ryan first entered Michael Elliott and Associates as a patient in 2001.
Treatment and Nutritional Implications in Pathophysological Cascade of Minor Traumatic Brain Injury - Presented at Body Mind Conference in Orange County, CA
The Synchronicity of Ethics - Presented at IAAP-IAJS Yale conference paper to the International Journal Of Jungian Studies, 2015
The Human Face of Psychology: How the “person-centered” in Rogers, the
“Otherness of the Other” in Levinas, and Depth Psychology’s metaphorical
discourse, affect the way we do psychotherapy and participate in the world - presented at American Psychological Association 2013
P.O.I.S.E. –Innovative strategies to enhance school performance using behavior management, effective planning, and study skills - invited speaker for private school conference in Orange County California, August 2009, on applications of the POISE program; P-planning O-organizing I-initiating S-self-monitoring E- evaluate feedback. Program Curriculum created in 2007 to engage and improve executive functioning and emotional response regulation.
Guest Teacher, Alliant University, November 2008; In Defense of Narcissism; Existential and Archetypal Perspectives on Minding the Gap - presented recent work on the “Myth of Narcissus and Echo” articulating cross contamination of existential and archetypal perspectives in psychological theory.
Dr. Elliott's publications include: The Art and Soul of Couples and Family Therapy in the CAMFT publication, The Therapist, in June 2013, and This article re-roots Couples and Family Therapy in its artistic and soulful origins. The root or archi of the field, as radical, that is, radius or circling back to the origin that rekindles Family Therapy its own soulful and artistic voice. Gaston Bachelard ( 1994), the great French philosopher of the imagination quoting Jean Lescure, extols “An artist does not create the way he lives, he lives the way he creates” (p. xxxiii). It is in the work of the radical thinker and Soul Psychologist James Hillman and the radical practitioner of Family Therapy Carl Whitaker that we turn to for help in understanding these ideas.
The Unmotivated Child: A Crisis in Perception, in The Sky Is The Limit, a bi-monthly journal for Learning Disabilities, in January 1998 addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities