Gestalt Techniques

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 chair.