Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy - Dr Scott Kellogg Ph.D & Amanda Garcia-Torres
Chairwork is a highly emotional and very powerful experiential psychotherapy that is currently undergoing a renaissance as clinicians all over the world are beginning to integrate it into their practices.
Originally created by Dr. Jacob Moreno, the creator of Psychodrama, it was made famous in the 1960s by Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Perls, the creator of Gestalt Therapy. Chairwork, at its essence, involves: (a) inviting a patient to sit in one chair and to have an imaginary encounter with someone from the past, the present, or the future in the chair opposite; and/or (b) using several chairs to create dialogues among different parts of the self—with love, desire, fear, and courage often emerging as core themes.
This presentation will include an introduction to the Four Dialogues – which is a crystallization of over 50 years of Chairwork Practice.
Using Chairwork to:
— Engage with Difficult Relationships;
— Heal from Grief and Loss; and
— Work through Traumatic Memories
This will be followed by live case consultation/demonstrations with volunteers by Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC & Dr Scott Kellogg, PhD.
- Kellogg, S., & Garcia Torres, A. (2021). Chairwork. aeon + psyche
- Kellogg, S., & Garcia Torres, A. (2021). Toward a chairwork psychotherapy: Using the four dialogues for healing and transformation. Practice Innovations.
- Garcia Torres, A. (January 9, 2020). Using psychotherapeutic dialogues for healing and liberation: Chairwork y La Raza. Public Seminar.
- Garcia Torres, A. (March, 2021). Using chairwork psychotherapy to combat the psychological impact of oppression. Schema Therapy Bulletin.
- Kellogg, S. (December, 2019). “When I think of your suffering, I feel…” On dialogues and suffering in Schema Therapy. Schema Therapy Bulletin.
- Kellogg, S. (2015). Transformational Chairwork: Using psychotherapeutic dialogues in clinical practice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Kellogg, S. (April 13, 2018). Transformational Chairwork: An overview.
About the Speaker:
Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC
Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC is a certified Chairwork Psychotherapist and Co-Director of Training at the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project. Ms. Garcia Torres received her Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and has also completed training in Voice Dialogue. She began her journey with TCPP in 2013 and has trained clinicians in NYC and internationally. Her presentations and writings have addressed such topics as chairwork, trauma, social justice, oppression, and identity issues. Ms. Garcia Torres is in private practice at Chairwork Therapy NYC.
Dr Scott Kellogg, PhD
Scott Kellogg, PhD is the author of Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice (2015, Rowman & Littlefield). He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University and a Past-President of Division of Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association. An ISST-certified Advanced Schema Therapist, he has also trained in Gestalt Therapy and Voice Dialogue. Dr. Kellogg currently runs a chairwork-centered private practice in New York City. Through the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project, he has taught this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to practitioners in the United States and abroad.
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