Over thousands of years, philosophers have developed powerful tools to explore the good life—what makes life meaningful, joyful, and fulfilling. You can learn to use these tools, and to live with greater depth, purpose, and confidence.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Danielle LaSusa. I have studied, taught, and coached philosophy for nearly two decades.

Philosophy, which simply means "love of wisdom," is about purpose, identity, and seeing the world clearly. In our sessions, I offer friendly and accessible conversation, compassionate listening, and a healthy dose of humor to help you think through the practical concerns of everyday life.

Watch my TEDx talk on how to rebuild hope after your worldview falls apart.

I talk with clients all over the country, both remotely by phone and video chat, and in-person in Portland, Oregon, and I specialize in serving new mothers.

I love helping people discover new perspectives and ways of thinking, and I have seen these shifts transform lives. I want to help you transform yours. Let's awaken your inner philosopher.


In just two sessions, my attitude around my work atmosphere has completely shifted!...I now feel empowered and happy where I had been feeling resentful, downright angry and victimized.

Danielle was compassionately honest and helped me switch my perspective while bringing in great tools from varied philosophical perspectives.
— Hannah E., Program Coordinator
I didn’t quite know what to expect, and what I discovered is that I got out of it something I’d always hoped to — but hadn’t — gotten out of traditional talk therapy: someone able to take off the kid gloves and completely follow along as I outlined the shifting existential dilemmas that I often grapple with in my own head, recognize them as commonly occurring problems previously grappled with by many others, and offer angles and insights I had yet to get to on my own....The positive impact on my clarity of thinking about my own behavior has been invaluable.
— Jason G., Design Experience Director
Talking with Danielle about some of my unconscious mind-sets regarding work was really helpful for me. In understanding that my philosophical bias was just one way to see the workplace, I was able to also identify and appreciate the other, equally valid, viewpoints that coworkers and clients might hold. This allowed me to communicate from a place of understanding and acceptance on a deeper level than what I was capable of before.
— S.L., Veterinarian

What Does It Mean to Make a Person?

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What could be more philosophically confounding than creating a human being? How do you wrap your brain around the huge transitions in identity, values, responsibility, relationships that comes with motherhood? What if being a mom isn't all what you thought it would be?

Get help sorting through these changes and claim your own identity as a mother that feels powerful, centered, and whole. 


Practical Philosophy Workshops

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My Practical Philosophy Workshops apply philosophical wisdom from the world's greatest thinkers to practical issues in everyday life.

Find discovery, connection and community with others, guided by my doctoral training and 15 years of teaching experience.

Upcoming Workshops

Should I Have A(nother) Kid? The Moral Question

The Meaning of Motherhood


I wanted to thank you for all of the help and support that you have given me during our time working on things. I have been continuing a lot of our practices—the morning pages, reading the books you recommended, finding time for myself, the artist dates, and thinking a lot about being/feeling abundant.

I have seen some amazing changes in my perspective and habits since we started speaking. I have created some distance between my person life and my work, I have allowed myself to open up to someone romantically and our relationship is amazing, I have completely reworked my finances and I’m being very aware of each dollar I spend and I have a plan to get myself out of debt. I have made some big changes and I’m looking forward to this next part of my life...working with you has been incredibly helpful, and I wanted you to know this.
— Ben, Portland, OR

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