About the practitioner...
My name is Deborah Long. I am based in Frome in Wiltshire. My background is in teaching and pastoral care of children. During my time as a mainstream teacher and after completing a teaching course in ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ based on the books and philosophy of Louse L. Hay, I developed a process using relaxation, creative visualisation and what I call "positive self- talk", which has proved to be effective in helping children and young people with a range of issues:
- low self-confidence,
- anxiety and stress,
- academic achievement worries
- and other issues commonly experienced by young people.
The approach is firmly based on the belief of the uniqueness of people and their innate ability to guide themselves into feelings of peace and contentment within, which impacts positively on their experience of the outer world.
I have found that in most cases, the basic principles can be taught in a few short sessions. This is what some ten year olds had to say after working with me using these techniques:
“Before I didn’t know what to do. I learned how to think differently and positively” Andrew, 10.
“I have a happier life now because I’ve learned to value myself” Holly, 10.
“Positive Self Talk (now called the You Are Powerful Programme) is very popular with children and I would certainly recommend the use of this highly original approach.” From the Head Teacher of a Wiltshire primary school.