The Art and Science of Chairwork

Transformational Chairwork is centered on the belief that there is a healing and transformative power in: (1) Giving voice to one’s inner parts, modes, and selves; and (2) Enacting or re-enacting scenes from the Past, the Present, or the Future

The Transformational Chairwork Training is designed to introduce therapists to the practice of Chairwork, in an active, creative, and clinically-useful manner using clinical story-telling, role-plays, and live demonstrations.

Level I Workshops: These are module-based trainings that empower therapists to work with these clinical issues:

(A) Inner Conflict, Grief and Loss, and Difficult Relationships.

(B) Addictions, Trauma and Interpersonal Mistreatment, and Self-Hatred/Inner Critic Issues.

(C) Complex Emotions, Trauma-Centered Imagery Rescripting, and the Development of Self-Compassion.

An introductory lecture that provides an overview of using Chairwork for these issues can be found here.

Level II Workshop: The Four-Dialogue Method

This is an Advanced Chairwork Training that introduces therapists to the four essential dialogue structures:

Giving Voice: Working with patients to access and speak from their both their owned and disowned inner parts, modes, or voices.  “There are stories within me that have never been shared.” “There is a deep grief within me.”

Telling the Story: Creating a space for patients to tell the story of what happened to them and what they have been through.  This can be especially important in trauma work.  “I told a few people about the accident when it occurred, but I do not feel I ever really talked it through.”

Inner Dialogues: Helping patients to re-organize and re-balance the forces and polarities within themselves. “I feel like I am of two minds about this.” “I have this voice in my head that keeps telling me how bad I am.”

Encounters and Relationships: Moving to the interpersonal realm – both past and present – patients are given opportunities to express their feelings of love, anger, fear, and sorrow.  They are also given the opportunity to re-work past situations and to claim power through the development of their assertive voice.  “I know that it has been three years, but I am still grieving the death of my mother.”;  “My father was very cruel to all of us when I was growing up.  I am still very angry about that.”  “Imagine him sitting there and tell him directly.”

Please Note: The Transformational Chairwork trainings are open to Mental Health, Addiction Treatment, and Harm Reduction Professionals, Students, and Trainees.  All others must obtain specific permission from Dr. Kellogg ( to attend.  Thank you.

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