Work With Me

Hi, I am Shelly P. Johnson, MEd, PhD. And I work with individuals and groups through my philosophical consulting practice, Inside Out Consulting.

I specifically help people (teens through adults) do the following:

  • Cultivate resilient mindsets such as Intrinsic Worth, Playfulness, Connection, and Purpose.

  • Build Basic Body Confidence.

  • Develop a spiritual practice (for everyone—believers, agnostics, atheists, and everyone in between).

  • Cultivate a nature/forest practice.

  • Develop an effective ethical code.

  • Form strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Practice flourish-friendly relationship skills.

  • Develop resilient politics.

  • Develop resilient pedagogy (for middle school, high school, college educators).

  • Transition to middle school, high school, and college successfully (for students).

  • Work productively with teenagers (for parents and teachers).

  • Connect with the feminine aspect of ourselves and the Divine. (For men and women.)

  • Overcome writer’s block.

  • Move past perfectionism.

Note: I am also available to speak to groups (in person or on Zoom) about these issues.


I use Transformational Philosophical Coaching*, which has several general stages:

Exploration: We explore a specific problem point in your life related to meaning and purpose. This is an area in which you feel frustration, confusion, or dissatisfaction.

Identification: We identify contradictions in your current thinking paradigm. All of us have such contradictions, and they signal an opportunity for growth and empowerment.

Transformation: We investigate various philosophies, thinking systems, metaphors, imaginative tools, and practices that relate to your problem.

And we identify ones that help you feel empowered to transform your thoughts and practices so that they are better in line with your dreams, goals, and values.

(No background in philosophy is necessary to work with these thinking tools or practices.)

Note: I do not deal with specific mental health problems like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other issues specific to mental health professions. But I am happy to refer folks to mental health professionals.


“Shelly has a rare ability to press into places of growth while maintaining a tenderness and playfulness that makes the process not only unintimidating, but full of invitation into goodness.

Her unshakable generosity of spirit means there’s a place at the table for everyone, no matter what they’re struggling with. I can’t imagine a better person to sort through life queries and wonderings with.”

~AnneMarie Jacob, Spiritual Director

“Shelly is both an accomplished philosopher and compassionate friend. Among her many virtues is her ability to speak to complex notions from the history of philosophy in accessible and insightful ways, showing the relevance and applicability of these ideas.

Rare are those who are qualified to speak to these difficult theories, let alone bring them to bear on real-life problems and issues. And she recognizes and lives in accord with philosophy as a way of life, not merely the object of professional work to be discarded at the end of the work day.

She is also kind, loyal, patient, friendly, and possessed of an exceptionally strong moral compass . . . These qualities prepare Shelly to provide exceptional consultation.

~Colin Smith, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

“I love the way Shelly looks at things. It has helped me so much to talk to her about various problems. She is good at bringing in new ideas and ways of thinking that help me to feel more hopeful and to try something that I didn’t think I could try.”

~Marianne Hamilton, Homemaker and Curious Human Being

Even though Shelly excels in teaching and research, the mode of philosophy that Shelly embodies most fully is that of friendship, especially philosophical friendship: the shared pursuit of hard truths through gentle encouragement.”

~Drew Van’t Land, Philosopher and Armchair Revolutionary

“Shelly Johnson is one of the most clear communicators I’ve had the privilege of knowing. She takes deep and meaningful concepts and breaks them down into the simplest of steps so that anyone can understand and follow her example.

Shelly has an uncanny ability to connect people to resources, books and other people; because of her I found a personal trainer, a favorite book and a writing course!

She presents her ideas and suggestions in the most civil, kind and non-judgmental way so even the most resistant can hear her message.”

~Kirsten Jackson, Educator

Fees, Contact Information, and other details.

I do all my individual consulting by Zoom and charge $50/hour or $45/hour for a five-session package purchased ahead of time.

Speaking engagement fees are based on the size and duration of the speaking event, as well as the location.

If you are interested in working with me, please write me at


*Transformational Philosophical Coaching is a methodology I developed over the last twelve years through my graduate research in both education and philosophy. It is also informed by 25+ years of classroom teaching at the secondary and college level, as well as by three thinking textbooks I have written for Classical Academic Press. You can read about my relevant publications here.

You can read more about philosophical consulting here:
Would You Ditch Your Therapist for a Philosophical Counselor?

Did You Ever Consider Consulting a Philosopher?

You can read more about Living from the Inside Out here:
Do You Live from the Inside Out or Outside In?