Cognitive Behavioural Chairwork in Action - 7th June 2018 - Central London

BPS Headquarters (Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE) - £150 (early bird rate) / £170 (1st April onwards)

Following a sell-out workshop last year, I will be running a second workshop on cognitive behavioural chairwork in 2018.

This practice-focused workshop will introduce delegates to chairwork as a therapeutic technique and explore how these interventions can be used to enhance CBT. Core chairwork interventions for restructuring negative automatic thoughts, improving metacognitive awareness, and building positive self-beliefs will be outlined (amongst others). Delegates will observe live demonstrations of cognitive behavioural chairwork, develop competency using these techniques, and practice using chairwork-specific process skills.     

Aims of the workshop

By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the basic forms of chairwork (empty-chair, two-chair and role-play techniques)
  • Understand the mechanisms of action underlying chairwork and cognitive behavioural chairwork
  • Use chairwork techniques to socialise clients to the cognitive behavioural model, modifying negative automatic thoughts, build metacognitive awareness, and construct positive core beliefs
  • Apply process-related skills to enhance the effectiveness of chairwork and overcome common obstacles

Supplementary workbooks, including technique descriptions and practice exercises, will be provided for delegates.

Workshop format

This experiential workshop utilises a dyadic teaching, video presentations, live demonstrations, and practice role-plays.    

Target audience

This workshop is suitable for mental health professionals who use CBT including Psychologists, CBT Therapists, Psychotherapists, Nurse Therapists, and Psychiatrists. Individuals who use therapies allied with CBT (e.g. Schema Therapy and Compassion-focused Therapy), or as well as integrative therapists, will also find the workshop informative.

For more information and to book

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  • Information Sheet and Booking Form
  • Or call: Natalie Broome (events coordinator) on 07711 462785

Feedback on previous chairwork workshops

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

“Very interesting and enjoyable in bringing creativity into CBT”.

“I now feel confident using chairwork with my clients”.

“The content and the presenter were great… I loved the role-plays”.

About the facilitator

Matthew is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and Advanced Schema Therapist. He is Lead CBT Therapist at the Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust) and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University College London. He runs a private practice in Buckinghamshire.

Matthew has authored a number of journal articles related to chairwork and cognitive behavioural chairwork. He has run a number of popular chairwork workshops sponsored by the BABCP, London Eating Disorders Conference, Eating Disorders International Conference, and various NHS Trusts.

Past Events

Pugh, M. (November, 2017). An introduction to cognitive behavioural chairwork. BABCP sponsored one-day workshop (London)

Pugh, M. & Rae, S. (October, 2017). An introduction to chairwork: Enhancing motivation and emotional regulation. South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (London).

Pugh, M. & Hormoz, E. (July, 2017). Enhancing CBT through chairwork: Bringing cognitive therapy to life. BABCP Annual Conference (Manchester).

Pugh, M. & Salter, C. (March, 2017). Motivational chairwork: A novel approach to resolving ambivalence in eating disorders. London International Eating Disorders Conference (London).

Pugh, M. & Evans, J. (2016). Experiential approaches to enhancing motivation in the eating disorders. Eating Disorders International Conference (London).

Evans, J. & Pugh, M. (2012). Working with trauma in the eating disorders. Eating Disorders International Conference (London). 

Selected Lectures

Does the anorexic voice play in a role in the eating disorders? (2017), BABCP Annual Conference

Evaluating negative automatic thoughts in CBT (2016), Royal Holloway - CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

CBT for anxiety (2015), Royal Holloway - CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

CBT for depression (2015), Royal Holloway - CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

CBT for eating disorders (2013), Imperial College London

An introduction to talking therapies (2011-2013), Queen Mary University - CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

Existential psychotherapy and eating disorders (2010), CNWL NHS Foundation Trust