Ep 16 Using the Conference Table Technique in EMDR Intensives

Ep 16 Using the Conference Table Technique in EMDR Intensives

In this blog post, we will dive into the fascinating world of parts work in therapy and explore a powerful clinical tool called the Conference Table Technique. Parts work, as described by Jay Norick, PhD, involves identifying sets of autobiographical memories linked by specific themes within ourselves. 

These parts can be triggered by various situations or experiences, and understanding them can provide valuable insights into our burdens and needs. Let’s delve deeper into how therapists use the Conference Table Technique to connect with and address these parts, leading to breakthroughs and progress.

What are Parts and How Do They Influence us?

Parts are distinct aspects of our personality that emerge in response to specific needs, experiences, or emotions. They can manifest as different voices, feelings, or even physical sensations. By identifying and understanding these parts, therapists can help clients navigate internal conflicts and find a greater sense of harmony within themselves. 

Through the Conference Table Technique, therapists invite clients to explore their parts, asking questions like their appearance, age, and feelings towards other parts. This aids in building empathy and fostering a deeper understanding of their inner dynamics.

The Power of the Conference Table Technique

The Conference Table Technique is a valuable tool used by therapists, especially in the preparation phase of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This technique allows clients and therapists to visualize a conference table where each part has a seat, symbolizing their presence and importance in the therapeutic process. 

By bringing these parts to the table, therapists can facilitate communication and resolution among them, leading to significant breakthroughs and progress in healing traumatic experiences or addressing internal conflicts. This technique is also beneficial for clients with dissociative disorders, as it helps establish a safe space for dialogue and the improvement of co-consciousness of parts.


The Conference Table Technique offers a powerful approach to parts work within therapy. By acknowledging and understanding the different aspects of ourselves, we can gain valuable insights into our burdens, needs, and conflicts. Therapists using this technique can facilitate communication and resolution among these parts, leading to breakthroughs and progress in healing and personal growth. 

Whether you’re a therapist or someone interested in self-exploration, incorporating the Conference Table Technique into your practice or personal journey can provide profound insights and transformation.

For more information, listen to Ep16 of the Future Template Parent podcast. Explore the Conference Table Technique and its transformative impact in therapy.