Healing the Past, Claiming the Present, Creating the Future
In 2001, I discovered – in a deep and profound way – what I have come to call the Art and Science of Chairwork. I have been seeking mastery in this method ever since. Originally developed by Dr. Jacob Moreno and Dr. Fritz Perls, Chairwork is a psychodramatic and experiential technique that is centered on the enactment and resolution of both inner and outer conflicts.
In my psychotherapy practice, I conceptualize patients’ problems using models of inner mulitplicity or the idea that we each contain different parts, modes, voices, or selves. I am also deeply influenced by heroic existentialism and I work with patients to help them be courageous, confront the darkness, and take meaningful action in their lives and in this world.
With this as a foundation, I use Chairwork to empower patients to confront their fears, resolve their traumas, re-balance their internal energies, embrace the heroic, and liberate themselves from the prison of addiction.
This article captures some of the ways that I use Chairwork with patients: Kellogg – Dialogues and Encounters – Fritz Perls and the Art of Gestalt Chairwork
I have also written a book for therapists and healers — Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice. An Amazon Gestalt Psychology #1 Bestseller.