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Much of philosophy today contends that modern life is damaged life. Theodor Adorno tells us that this life is wrong and cannot be lived rightly, while Walter Benjamin observes that, in terms of our structures of feeling and knowing the world, we have become impoverished. Adorno and Max Horkheimer suggest that magic died long ago. Wrong life, poverty of experience, and the death of magic: how can we live when an inhuman world so often makes it seem as if—as Adorno writes in Minima Moralia—life does not live?
This question animates Dr. Settell's thought as psychotherapist and educator. Drawing from the insights of thinkers as diverse as Baruch Spinoza, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Lacan, Dr. Settell works with patients and students to articulate a kind of practical philosophy as strategies for living damaged life as well as possible. Because even damaged life can be beautiful life, Dr. Settell uses the "splinter in your eye" as a magnifying glass for finding joy in the mundane experiences and moments of our lives.
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Jon-David Settell is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 19 years
University of California, Irvine, PhD, 2021
Columbia University, MSW, 2004
Pitzer College, BA, 1998