Remco van der Wijngaart



A complete practitioner’s guide to helping clients create distance from unhelpful ways of thinking and relating through chairwork – an important technique within schema therapy, and a standalone emotion-focused treatment in its own right.



Chairwork is a therapeutic technique that allows clients to create distance between themselves and problematic beliefs, events, memories, individuals and patterns of responding. Although chairwork has been used in various therapeutic frameworks for decades, it is a part of schema therapy (ST) that has recently taken a big step forward.

This new title in the Schema Therapy Approaches and Resources Series is a practical guide for therapists who want to learn to apply chairwork in their own practice. It also offers tools for those who already have some experience with this technique, as well as advice on further techniques to make working with chairs more effective in challenging situations. The last chapter looks at pitfalls for therapists and has guidance for recognizing and dealing with a wide range of challenging situations that occur in clinical practice.


Remco Van Der Winjngaart is a health psychologist and psychotherapist. He worked for twenty years in an academic department of an outpatient mental health institution, where he participated in treatment studies for anxiety, personality disorders, somatoform disorders and eating disorders. In a pioneering study into the effectiveness of schema therapy for borderline personality disorder, he was trained and supervised by Jeffrey Young, the founder of schema therapy. He has also been trained by Aaron Beck, Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw.

Remco is currently a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor in cognitive behavioural therapy and schema therapy at a private practice in Maastricht. He has taught schema therapy for forensic settings together with David Bernstein, and gives regular presentations, workshops and supervision on schema therapy both within the Netherlands and internationally.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

Publication Date: July 2023

ISBN: 9781803882383


Foreword by Hannie van Genderen

1. Introduction
2. The analysis phase
3. Initial phase
4. Middle phase
5. End phase
6. Pitfalls for therapists
7. Specialist areas of application
8. Chairwork online



  1. Susan Simpson, Certified Advanced Schema Therapist & ISST Accredited Supervisor/Trainer and Director of Schema Therapy Training Scotland

    This book will transform your practice. Chairwork is one of the power-tools of psychotherapy, and in this comprehensive guide, Remco van der Wijngaart brings this technique to life. The reader is taken on a journey through the phases of schema therapy, demonstrating how chairwork can be used to generate insight, motivation and therapeutic change. Filled with detailed instructions, tips and troubleshooting guides, each phase of the therapeutic process is filled with innovative strategies for using chairs to facilitate emotional healing. The step-by-step scaffolding will empower both novice and experienced therapists to learn and fine-tune their chairwork skills, to empower their patients to resolve inner conflicts, bypass avoidant coping patterns, challenge self-criticism, strengthen their Healthy Adult, and heal their Inner child. This book offers a remarkable opportunity to tap into Remco van der Wijngaart’s vast wisdom and experience in the field of chairwork.

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