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SKILL CLASS 8 | DAY 2: 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

Talking to Chairs and Feeling Good About It: Facilitating Corrective Emotional Experiences in Chair Dialogues

by Samy Egli and David Hoehn 


Mode Dialogues in chairs is a very helpful emotion-focused experiential technique for working with modes and for facilitating emotional activation and regulation resulting in corrective emotional experiences. This is especially relevant for patients with high levels of experiential avoidance, for whom engaging in such work can already represent a crucial step with regard to schema-breaking behaviour. A brief introduction is given positioning chair work within Schema Therapy. Using case vignettes as well as cases from the experience of the participants, helpful therapeutic tools (e.g. using pad- and pocket-“modicons”) are acquired in mode dialogue chair work sequences, in which participants and presenters take the role of the patient and the therapist. Challenges such as focusing on emotional exposure and the timing for limited re-parenting are discussed.

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About the Presenters:

Samy Egli

M.Sc. in Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Zurich in 2004, after a year in research at Harvard Medical School affiliated McLean Hospital, Boston, USA in 2001. Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psychopathology, with a research stay at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 2008. Master of Advanced Studies and Certification in psychotherapy with a cognitive behavioral and interpersonal focus at the Klaus-Grawe-Institute for Psychological Therapy, Zurich and the University of Basel in 2012. After six years as a clinical psychotherapist and deputy Head of Psychology at the Schloessli-Clinic near Zurich until 2014, starting in 2015 as Head of Psychology at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. Currently working in the continuous establishment of a method-integrative psychotherapy in clinical psychiatry, research and teaching with a focus in and passion for Schema Therapy in invidivual and group- in- and outpatient settings.

David Hoehn

Born in Seattle, lives in Munich, attended Medical School in Regensburg, Munich and Lille, MD from the Technical University Munich, BA in Philosophy from the Munich School of Philosophy, working as a clinical and research psychiatrist at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. Research interests include neuroimaging and imaging genetics, evolutionary psychiatry, psychotherapy research. Current clinical focus: inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy in psychiatry, with a special focus on schema therapy (applied in an individual as well as in a transdiagnostic group setting).

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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