Three Day Online Training

Delivered via Zoom

Course brief:

In this comprehensive training, you will observe, experience and practice the best that chairwork has to offer psychotherapy and counselling

This is an intensive training course that provides approximately 21 hours CPD.

This three day intensive training event will you the skills and confidence to use chairwork in your everyday clinical practice, and apply it to a range of difficulties.

Drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches, you learn the most effective chairwork methods and how you can use them in face-to-face and online therapy. Emphasis will also be placed on the value of working with ‘parts’ in psychotherapy and counselling.

This training event will use our unique blend of didactic teaching, self-practice, live demonstrations, and breakout room role-plays. Therapists who offer Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, CBT, ACT, CAT, Voice Dialogue, and Internal Family Systems Therapy will find the training particularly useful.

Topics for this course will include:


… Provenance: The history and evolution of chairwork.

… Foundations: The four ‘pillars’ of chairwork.

…Parts of the self: How and why self-multiplicity lies at the heart of emotional and psychological difficulties.

… Mechanisms: Why chairwork achieves dramatic changes.

… Magic ingredients: How to maximise the effectiveness of chairwork.


… Introducing, facilitating, and consolidating change through chairwork.

… Enhancing client engagement and positive responses to chairwork.

… Overcoming common obstacles, including client resistance.

… Adapting and enhancing chairwork using digital platforms such as Zoom.


Participants will learn how to use chairwork to address:

… Distressing thoughts and beliefs

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

… Emotional distress and emotional exploration

… Self-compassion and inner wisdom

… Traumatic memories, difficult relationships, and “unfinished business”

… Behaviour change and behavioural skills training

… Ambivalence and resistance to change

… Problems in the therapeutic relationship, including negative transference

… Mindfulness, defusion, and self-observation

Leading Approaches to Chairwork, including:

… Compassion-focused chairwork

… Schema-focused chairwork

… Emotion-focused chairwork

… Cognitive-behavioural chairwork

… Systemic chairwork

… Psychodrama chairwork

… 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 will include live observations, practical exercises, theoretical discussion, and group reflection. This workshop is open to people who are new to chairwork or 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 workshop.

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