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Empty chair technique

In this therapy technique, the client imagines someone or some part of themself, or a feeling/ emotion in the empty chair. The client then communicates to the imagined second party, as if they are present. At some point, the client goes and sits in that empty chair- occupying the new role. The conversation continues where the client is acting on behalf of the second party. The client can shift between the chairs as often as it is necessary.

This technique helps the client to experience different roles of themselves and/ or others. One can get in touch with one’s own feelings. It is most beneficial for those people who have difficulty expressing their emotions.

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