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)
21st - 23rd May 2021

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)
28th April 2021

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)
9th - 10th June 2021

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

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Charney Manor, Oxforshire
22 - 24 October 2021

An immersive self-practice / self-reflection weekend retreat, set in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside.

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Online (via Zoom)
Early 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

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

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Online (via Zoom)
Watch or Download Now

Explore the ways in which chairwork and 'action supervision' can enhance clinical supervision, reflective practice, and professional development

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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

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

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)

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

Participant – Self-Practice / Self-Reflection 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 Workshop

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

Participant – Introductory Chairwork Workshop

“Tele-chairwork: Basic skills and digital adaptations” 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

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

“Jam-packed with insights and thought-provoking learning.”

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Recent Resources

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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