About Chairwork

Chairwork is dedicated to providing high-impact training, supervision, consultancy, and psychotherapy incorporating action-based methods – collectively known as ‘chairwork’. We promote the application, development, and continued research of chairwork, which forms an integral part of evidence-based psychotherapies and coaching approaches.

Upcoming Training

Online (via Zoom)
4th - 6th Feb 2022

Develop your competence and confidence delivering chairwork for everyday clinical issues during this comprehensive three day online training

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Online (via Zoom)
8th December 2021

The first and only workshop to explore the applications of chairwork within IAPT settings.

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Henley Business School
February 2022

Discover the ways in which chairwork can ignite your coaching sessions, inspire your clients, and energise your practice.

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Online (via Zoom)
TBC

Discover the ways in which chairwork can enhance treatments for eating disorders, including CBT-ED and CBT-T.

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Online (via Zoom)
TBC

A two day introduction to cognitive behavioural chairwork, sponsored by the BABCP

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TBC
TBC

Learn how chairwork can help resolve ambivalence, overcome resistance, and strengthen commitment to change in this one day workshop.

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Services we offer

Therapy

Chairwork offers a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies including CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

Supervision

Our team has considerable experience in providing ‘action-based’ clinical supervision and consultation, both nationally and internationally.

Coaching

Chairwork provides coaching to individuals and organisations, and is the creator of dialogical coaching – an experiential approach to development.

Why Train with Us?

Chairwork is co-directed by Dr. Matthew Pugh and Tobyn Bell, both of whom are experienced therapists, trainers, and researchers in the field of chairwork. They ensure that students have access to training which is at the cutting-edge of developments in theory and practice.

Testimonials

Thank you with heartfelt gratitude… This was one of the best CPD/training events that I have attended.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

I have done a lot of online training courses over the last 2 years and this was absolutely the best I have experienced… Outstanding, clear, authentic, sensitively delivered, and accessible… I’ve done [named training course] but this absolutely tooks things to another level in terms of theory and practice.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

A wonderful three days of training… Brilliantly planned, organised and delivered, and really comprehensive and engaging… Watching the demonstrations was incredibly helpful and inspiring and a real privilege… Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration.

Participant – Three Day Intensive Training

An absolutely excellent course… Exceptionally well put together and rich in insights, techniques, and experience.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

The three day training was excellent, exceeding all expectations… Matt and Tobyn are highly knowledgable, gentle, and generous. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to practice multiple different uses of chairwork in such a supportive environment.

Participant – Three Day Intensive Training

One of the best CPD events I’ve ever attended.

Participant – Self-Practice / Self-Reflection Workshop

Thank you for this stunning course.  I am now 60% the way through… and it has transformed my work.  I feel so excited and invigorated by it.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

I’ve devoured your online course over the last couple of days – it’s one of the best trainings I’ve done and I feel able to start using chairwork confidently in my practice immediately… It was broken up perfectly and really easy to digest, and easy to get into a mum of a little one!

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

Chairwork was incredibly helpful… and completely changed my outlook on certain ways of thinking. I honestly don’t think I’d have recovered so quickly had we not used it.

Client – Individual Therapy (Bulimia Nervosa)

I just wanted to say again how helpful the chairwork training was… 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.

Participant – Online Chairwork Workshop

An amazingly useful experience for unearthing my underlying motivations and desires that I was struggling to understand.

Client – Single Session Chairwork

An incredibly helpful and innovative training on how to use chairwork in the digital therapy world. I was clinically on fire with my clients today, doing the deep work that chairwork evokes and borrowing with pride many of the innovations that were shared.

Participant – Online Chairwork Workshop

A great three-day chairwork course. Matt & Tobyn are so knowledgeable and skilled in this field, it was a joy to see them working together… I came away enthusiastic for chairwork, & feeling I have the knowledge & skills to put what we learnt into practice immediately.

Participant – Three Day Intensive Training

Phenomenal! Not only have I learnt more about myself, but I also am extremely excited about the prospect of integrating chairwork into my current practise.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

A MASSIVE thank you for your recent introductory chairwork training course… I have found it so unbelievably helpful, as I am only just starting to learn the technique as part of my Schema Therapy training… The training was incredibly well put together and easy to work through.

Participant – On-Demand Training Course

Superb workshop… Highly informative, eminently useful, participatory, and great fun.

Participant – Introductory Chairwork Workshop

The online workshop was excellent.  Matt and Tobyn have a command of the material and present it in a welcoming and engaging manner.  I would highly recommend learning chairwork, no matter your orientation, from these two dedicated clinicians.

Participant – Online Workshop

Excellent workshop – well-paced, interesting, and engaging. Chairwork has certainly enhanced my CBT practice… Loved it!

Participant – Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork Workshop

I just wanted to say again how helpful the chairwork training was… 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.

Participant – Online Workshop

Helpful, animated, and encouraging… I’ve since tried chairwork with my clients and its transformed our sessions.

Participant – Foundation and Advanced Skills Workshop

An excellent day… One of the best courses I’ve attended in a long while and my first webinar of that length.

Participant – Online Workshop

The training was so helpful. I had flirted with the idea of using chairwork but always been a bit anxious putting it into practice. The training really helped me understand the underlining principles and processes and gave me confidence to use the approach.

Participant – Online Workshop

Dr. Matthew Pugh

Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork

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Recent Resources

Citation: Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., & Gilbert, P. (2021). Multiple Emotions, Multiple Selves: Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, 1-17.

Citation: Pugh, M., Bell, T., Waller, G., & Petrova, E. (2021). Attitudes and applications of chairwork amongst CBT therapists: A preliminary survey. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, 14, 1-21.

Citation: Pugh, M. (2021). Chairwork in action. Reading, UK: Henley Business School.

Pugh, M. (2020). Understanding ‘Ed’: A theoretical and empirical review of the eating disorder voice. BPS Psychotherapy Section Review, 65, 12-23.

Pugh, M., Bell, T., & Dixon, A. (In Press). Delivering tele-chairwork: A qualitative survey of expert therapists. Psychotherapy Research, xx, xx-xx.

Pugh, M., & Bell, T. (2020). Process-based chairwork: Applications and innovations in the time of COVID-19. European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research, and Practice, 4, 1-8.

Extract from Pugh & Broome, 2020

Pugh, M., & Margetts, A. (2020). The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 13, xx-xx.

Pugh, M., & Broome, N. (2020). Dialogical coaching: An experiential approach to personal and professional development. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 72, 223-241.

Bell, T., Montague, J., Elander, J., & Gilbert, P. (2020). Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20, 143-153.

Pugh, M. (2019). Schema Therapy Bulletin, 3, 10-14.

Extract from: Pugh, M. (2019). Cognitive behavioural chairwork: Distinctive features. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Pugh, M., & Rae, S. (2019). In S. Simpson & E. Smith (Eds.), Schema therapy for eating disorders: Theory and practice for individual and group settings. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Pugh, M. (2019). In S. Simpson & E. Smith (Eds.), Schema therapy for eating disorders: Theory and practice for individual and group settings (pp. 187-206). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Pugh, M. (2019). Unpublished manuscript and protocol.

Pugh, M., & Salter, S. (2018). European Journal of Counselling Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 1-15.

Pugh, M. (2017). The Psychologist, 30, 42-47

Pugh, M. (2018). International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 11, 100-116.

Pugh (2017). Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 16-30.

Pugh, M. (2018). CBT Today, 46, 16-18.

Bell, T., Dixon, A., & Kolts, R. (2016). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 632-648.

Bell, T. (2020). Unpublished protocol

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Our latest paper explores how individuals with anorexia nervosa experience voice dialogue with their ED voice - there appeared to be benefits even after one facilitation. Shout out to @drnataliechua & team for their hard work on this: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cpp.2652 #chairwork

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