chapter  22
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Compassionate chair work

Many therapies use chairs where different ``parts of the person'' can enact their thoughts and feelings. So, for example, you could have an angry chair where the client simply engages with their anger and lets their anger speak, or an anxious chair, where a person engages with their anxiety and voices their anxious thoughts and feelings. You could have a self-critical chair, where the person becomes the self-critic. In some approaches you can enable clients to switch chairs and dialogue with these various parts of the self, an approach well developed by Leslie Greenberg (Elliott et al., 2003; Greenberg, Rice, & Elliott, 1993; Whelton & Greenberg, 2005).