Chairwork Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this worksheet?

Chairwork, as a technique often used in gestalt psychotherapy, comes in two primary forms. Initially, two chairs are arranged at a distance from each other, both facing inward. 

In the “Empty Chair” version, the client sits in one chair and imagines a significant person from their life—whether from the past, present, or future. 

Then the client talks with this person as if he or she is physically present. For instance, a daughter who conflicts with her mother verbally expresses her emotions, such as love, anger, or grief, that she doesn’t dare to do in real life.

The “Two-Chair” version involves the client moving between the two chairs. This allows him to engage in a dialogue with an imagined person or converse with different aspects of himself. 

For example, the client can articulate thoughts from the perspective of the self that wants to get divorced and, upon switching chairs, express feelings from the part of himself that doesn’t want such a change.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help you understand the chairwork technique so you can apply it in your therapeutic practice as an additional tool for raising awareness of your clients.

How to use the worksheet?

Read the description of how the process of chairwork is conducted. Consider your current clients and how you could integrate this technique in working with them. Chairwork is usually facilitated by a trained therapist, but individuals can also explore it on their own as a self-reflective exercise.

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Transformational Chairwork (2024). What is Chairwork? Retrieved from:, on January 17, 2024.