Three Day Online Training

Delivered via Zoom

Course brief:

Learn, practice, and experience the very best chairwork has to offer your practice.

This intensive training course provides approximately 21 hours CPDWe are offering a 15% early-bird discount on bookings before 30/11. Please email us to take advantage of this offer. 

This comprehensive three day training will give you the skills and confidence to bring chairwork into your practice right away. You experience and practice some of the most effective chairwork interventions available, and learn how they can be applied to a variety of client issues. You will also learn how to use these methods online.

Our chairwork workshops use a unique blend of teaching, self-practice/self-reflective exercises, live demonstrations, and breakout room role-plays. Practitioners who use Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, CBT, ACT, CAT, Voice Dialogue, and Internal Family Systems Therapy approaches will find it particularly useful.

We offer a 10% discount for direct bookings and a 25% discount for groups of five or more (please email us to book this way).

Alternatively, tickets are available via Eventbrite:

Topics for this course include:


… Provenance: The history and evolution of chairwork.

… Foundations: The four essential ‘pillars’ underlying all chairwork.

… Parts of the self: How to bring self-multiplicity into your work.

… Mechanisms: Why chairwork achieves dramatic changes.

… Magic ingredients: How to turbo-charge your chairwork.


… How to introduce, facilitate, and consolidate chairwork confidently.

… How to enhance engagement in chairwork.

… How to overcome common obstacles, including client skepticism.

… How to adapt (and enhance) chairwork when using online platforms (e.g., Zoom).


Participants will learn how to use chairwork to address:

… Negative thoughts and beliefs

… Worry, self-criticism, and other distressing cognitive processes

… Emotional distress and dysregulation

… Self-compassion and self-care

… Traumatic memories and “unfinished business”

… Behaviour change, skills training, and action insight

… Ambivalence – how to resolve it and strengthen commitment to change

… Problems in the therapeutic relationship, including negative transference

… Mindfulness, cognitive defusion, and self-observation

Inspried by Leading Approaches to Chairwork, including:

… Compassion Focused Therapy

… Schema Therapy

… Emotion Focused Therapy

… Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

… Psychodrama

… Voice Dialogue

Please note that this is an intensive training programme: each day will begin at 0900 and end at 1715. Tickets are limited.

Feedback for our courses and events:

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“An incredibly helpful and innovative training on how to use chairwork… 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.”

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

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

Tobyn Bell

Tobyn Bell is a Compassion-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. He is a co-founder of Chairwork and a co-author of the book ‘Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists’. Tobyn regularly provides national and international training on compassion and chairwork, and is actively involved in ongoing research within these areas.

The workshop is predominantly skills-based and experiential. It includes teaching, group discussion, experiential exercises, live demonstrations, and small group practice. This workshop is suitable for people who are new to chairwork or those who use it regularly, including Practitioner Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and other mental health professionals.

This workshop is provided online, via Zoom. Participants will receive detailed handouts (including step-by-step guides for using chairwork) before the event.

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1st - 3rd March 2024
£350 (15% discount until 30/11)

Online (via Zoom)