This six part practice-focused workshop explores the theory and practice of chairwork, with a focus on how these methods are applied in online therapy. The workshop incorporates presentations, 'live' demonstrations, and experiential activities. To read feedback on the event, scroll down.

Alongside cognitive behavioural chairwork, you will be introduced to dialogical methods developed within compassion-focused therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and voice dialogue. Each module includes handouts and can be viewed either online or downloaded for watching at a convenient time.

Content of the workshop

Over the course of this workshop, you will learn about:

The theoretical foundations of chairwork, including:

...The history and evolution of chairwork

...Core forms of chairwork and chair-based dialogues

...The mechanisms of action underlying chairwork

...Factors which influence the effectiveness of dialogical interventions

The practice of chairwork, including:

...The core principles (S.I.T.) and processes (S.A.D.) which inform and guide chairwork

...Process-based skills which enhance the facilitation of chairwork

...How to adapt to chairwork to online therapy

Ways digital platforms can enhance chairwork through:

...The three digital 'stages' of chairwork

...Digital self-imagery

...Whiteboard functions

Observe eight examples of tele-chairwork in action, applied to:

...Negative thoughts and beliefs

...Distressing cognitive processes including worry and self-criticism


...Emotional regulation

...Behaviour skills training

...COVID-19 related issues

Target audience

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals including Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, and Psychiatrists. Coaches will also find the event informative.

Experience using chairwork is not required.

Feedback on the workshop:

"...Matt and Tobyn are clearly knowledgeable and highly skilled therapists, but they are also wonderfully down to earth, which made the chair work training both extremely useful and accessible. The role plays were excellent and provided the opportunity to learn powerful techniques that you can use right away with your clients..."

"...The role plays were absolutely superb, really cementing the skills and bringing the training to life. I felt so excited to use it I did with my first client today. With absolutely no exaggeration it was the "breakthrough" moment we needed in therapy. So incredibly powerful..."

"...My take aways were multitudinous! Speaking to the process, speaking to the emotion, the use of tone, posture, speaking to oneself, speaking to others, horizontal/vertical dialogue and the link to ACT, too numerous to mention really. I can’t wait to put it all into practice..."

"...An excellent day... One of the best courses I’ve attended in a long while..."

"...Thoroughly well put together. I learned a lot from the role plays… What came over from the facilitators was their knowledge, passion, and warmth. More please!..."

Facilitated by Dr. Matthew Pugh (Clinical Psychologist) and Tobyn Bell (CFT / CBT Therapist)

Matthew Pugh is a Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Advanced Schema Therapist, and Voice Dialogue Facilitator.

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion-Focused Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer.

Matthew and Tobyn are Co-Directors of and have trained hundreds of therapists in the therapeutic applications on chairwork.

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