Counselors who are working from a Gestalt theoretical orientation use
techniques for a variety of reasons. For example, the empty chair technique
is used to help clients integrate conflictual parts of themselves.
Empty Chair Technique
The empty chair technique is used when clients report having multiple
conflicting parts within the self. The technique can also be used with
clients who are experiencing conflict outside of themselves, as the person
with whom they are experiencing conflict can be imagined in the empty