Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork and Digital Adaptations

The Reviews for our Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork Webinar are in!

“It was very practical – great seeing the videos and demos and having a go ourselves. I have used it with all three of my clients today!”

“The material was extremely helpful and Tobyn presented this clearly with lots of examples and chances to practice each technique.”

“Really interesting, very supportive, excellent slides. Really enjoyed it.”

“I have used the techniques several times in my work already and have found them to be very effective. This was an extremely useful piece of training for working in adult mental health. Thank you.”


‘Chairwork’ refers to a group of experiential psychotherapeutic techniques that incorporate chairs, the positioning of chairs and the client’s movement between them. Chairwork has a rich history in psychotherapy and has a key role in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Research has found chairwork to be an effective, experiential intervention that increases emotional processing and activation; facilitates differentiation, dialogue and integration between internal ‘parts’ or ‘selves’; allows clients to gain a metacognitive stance; and is memorably ‘enactive’ in nature.


The webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to practice key CFT chairwork interventions such as working with self-criticism and processing multiple threat-emotions. Alternate and novel applications of CFT chairwork will be introduced and practiced, including working with blocks to compassion using chairwork and integrating motivational chairwork. Each intervention will be introduced with digital adaptations to ensure these powerful procedures can be applied when working online.

The webinar is predominantly skills-based and experiential and will include live observations, practical exercises, theoretical discussion and group reflection. Whilst the workshop is open to people new to CFT, participants will benefit from some prior knowledge of the therapy.


In this webinar participants will:

-Understand the underpinning principles and theoretical rationale for chairwork in CFT

-Practice core CFT chairwork interventions including self-critic and ‘multiple-selves’ interventions

-Work with blocks, fears and resistances to compassion using chairwork

-Practice novel applications of chair-work in CFT (including motivational chairwork)

-Learn how to adapt CFT chairwork for online practice


The presenter:

Tobyn Bell is a CFT psychotherapist and part of the training executive for the Compassionate Mind Foundation. He is the co-author of the book: Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-practice/Self-reflection Workbook for Therapists. Tobyn has published research on CFT chairwork, imagery and compassion and delivers national and international training on these subjects. Tobyn is also a cognitive-behavioural therapy trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester Psychological Therapies Training Centre (NHS). He is the co-director of, which is an international provider of chairwork-related training, supervision, and research.

Compassion Focused Therapy Chairwork

If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact us.


    Event Detail

    December 3, 2030 9:30 am
    December 3, 2030 4:30 pm


    Tally Knipe
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