Transformational Chairwork: Using the Four Dialogues for Healing and Liberation – Presenters: Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

December 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Presenters: Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

Scott Kellogg - Amanda Garcia Torres

Transformational Chairwork has its roots in the seminal experiential psychotherapy innovations of Dr. Fritz Perls during his Esalen/Gestalt Therapy Verbatim years. Moving beyond that, we have also studied the practices and insights of a wide range of other Gestalt and integrative therapists; this led to the discovery of the Four Dialogues model in 2018.

The Four Dialogues Model is based on the realization that there are only four core dialogical stances — Giving Voice, Telling the Story, Internal Dialogues, and Relationships and Encounters — and that all of Chairwork psychotherapy involves the use of these approaches — either alone or in combination with others.

In this presentation, we would:

  1. Briefly introduce the Four Dialogues Model.
  2. Show how Chairwork can be used when working with inner critic issues and experiences of trauma and mistreatment.
  3. Explore how the Four Dialogues can be a deep and empowering form of healing with patients from historically oppressed or marginalized groups; Chairwork can be a particularly effective way of (a) challenging experiences of racism and discrimination, (b) working through issues with identity, and (c) resolving ambivalence.
  4. Provide live case consultations and role-plays with the participants to see if Chairwork can help them overcome or find solutions for therapeutic impasses or difficult clinical situations.


Dr. Scott Kellogg is an ISST-certified Advanced Schema Therapist who has also trained in Gestalt therapy and Voice Dialogue. He created the Transformational Chairwork approach in 2008 and he currently teaches this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to clinicians in both the United States and abroad. Dr. Kellogg is in private practice in New York City.

Dr. Kellogg has served on the faculties of New York University, The Rockefeller University, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also a past president of the Division on Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association.

Dr. Kellogg is the author of Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

His Chairwork website is:

Amanda Garcia Torres is a certified Chairwork Psychotherapist and a Trainer at The Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project. Ms. Garcia Torres received her master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and has also completed training in Voice Dialogue. Since beginning her journey with Transformational Chairwork in 2013, she now teaches and demonstrates Chairwork both in New York City and abroad. Ms. Garcia Torres has had a lifelong passion for addressing suffering and injustice, particularly within historically oppressed populations. This has driven her to seek special education and training around sexual identity, gender identity, racial justice, women’s issues, and trauma. Ms. Garcia Torres is in private practice in New York City.

Her website is: