EFT Chair Work

This training will next be held in spring 2023

This course introduces clinicians to EFT “chair work.” Originating in Gestalt Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapists have carefully researched and mapped these interventions for maximum clinical effectiveness. Chair Work includes 1) Two-Chair Dialogues for the resolution of intrapsychic conflicts and maladaptive self-treatment (i.e., self-criticism, self-interrupting, self-worrying), as well as 2) Empty Chair work for the resolution of interpersonal “unfinished business” related to (usually unavailable) significant others from the client’s life.

Meetings will include lecture, discussion, demonstration, and significant experiential practice.

What: An introduction to therapeutic chair work.

When: Spring 2023. Thursdays, 9am to 12:15pm

  • March 16th, 23rd & 30th
  • April 6th, 13th & 27th
  • May 4th & 11th

Where: 615 Congress Street, STE 423, Portland, ME, 04101

Who: For Counselors and therapists who wish to add chair work to their clinical repertoire.

Instructor: Tom Kubasik, LCPC, NCC


Topics include:

Meeting 1: Introduction to Chair Work

Meeting 2: Self-Critical Splits

Meeting 3: Self-Critical Splits

Meeting 4: Unfinished Business

Meeting 5: Unfinished Business

Meeting 6: Self-Interruption

Meeting 7: Self-Worrying

Meeting 8: Self-Compassion


Learning Objectives

By the end of the 8 meetings, participants will be able to:

  • Identify circumstances in which therapeutic chair work could be productive, as well as when chair work would be contraindicated.
  • Distinguish the two major types of chair work (two-chair vs. empty chair), as well as differentiate different forms of client self-treatment.
  • Utilize the “experimental attitude” with chair work techniques.
  • Facilitate productive deepening and differentiating of client experiencing through sensitive attunement to moment-by-moment client processes.

  • Pre-Licensed (Students and Conditionally Licensed) : $495
  • Fully Licensed: $595

A deposit of $95 dollars is required to hold your space.

A certificate of 24 Contact Hours will be provided upon completion of the program.

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