Thank you for being here today…….now….do you like pretend games?…ok now close your eyes and pretend that you cannot open them…..no matter how hard you try they will not open…..pretend that someone has put glue on your eyes to stick them together…are you ok to keep pretending this until I say stop?……just nod your head if that is ok with you…..great…thanks…… now the more you keep pretending……the heavier and heavier your body feels….. you feel so relaxed….it feels so good…. you feel peaceful……safe……secure….

Now….I want you to imagine yourself in the playground……it has a rocket ship in this playground…….imagine yourself climbing up a ladder to get to the rocket ship….now this is a magical rocket ship…..there is a button inside……that if you push it the rocket ship can fly into the sky….push this button….you can feel yourself flying….into the beautiful blue sky…. feeling calm and relaxed…..you are in control of this rocket ship…..you can make it fly as high or as low as you want……you can make it fly as fast or as slow as you want……you can make it turn right or left..…you can hear the sounds of the rocket ship as you fly around….. you notice that the more you fly….the more calm, and relaxed you feel……now…you can make this rocket ship do anything you want… you can fly anywhere and see anything you want…it is such a wonderful feeling to be flying along in your rocket ship…..feeling safe….calm and peaceful ……..just take a few minutes now to enjoy being the pilot…and being in control of your rocket ship …………… 

That’s great…. you are doing such a great job…. ok… now you are going to bring your rocket ship back down to the playground…. coming down……. down……. down.…down…. down…. until you are back on the ground…..that was fantastic……You are so good at this……You are such a good imaginer……. because you are so good……I would now like you to imagine that a TV screen has appeared before your eyes……. this a very special TV……. a TV that has been made especially for you…. Turn on this TV…and you see that a new show is about to start……. this is a show about you……about what goes on inside you…. have you found that new show? (Child responds) …. Good. 

Now…. imagine there is a baddie. (Ask if male or female) …. he/she is sneaky and mean…… his/her name is Brain Blabber…. he/she works very quietly….so quietly you may not know he/she is there…. he/she lives in your head….and the more you listen to his/her messages… the bigger and bigger he/she gets……he/she makes you miserable……he/she convinces you you’re hopeless…. he/she tells you you’re never going to be good at anything…. ever…..he/she tells you things that aren’t true…..and guess what?…most of the time you believe him/her….if I told you that pigs were flying in the sky…..would you believe me?…probably not….but before you decided whether I was telling the truth or not……you would look into the sky… the first thing you do before you believe something is to look for proof…..like on a TV show… if a robber is going to jail…you know that he/she can’t be put in jail….unless there is proof that he/she stole something…..lots of the time you believe things to be true…..even if there is no proof….like “no one likes me” or “I am no good”…….this is how the Brain Blabber works……you feel upset and angry when you listen to the Brain Blabber …….when you think this way…..stop….. ask yourself……. who says? the answer is…..only the Brain Blabber says……and there’s no proof that this is true……the Brain Blabber tells you lots of things about rotten things about yourself……..he/she also tells you that you don’t need any proof to believe him/her……the things Brain Blabber does are sneaky and mean……telling you things that aren’t true……. 

Now…imagine a goodie …. (Ask if male or female …his name is the Thought Transformer……he/she helps you to look for proof in what the Brain Blabber tells you…….he/she helps you stay happy……..he/she also lives in your head……in a special part of your mind……he/she tells you the truth…..and when you listen to him/her he/she gets bigger…..and bigger……….sometimes it can be hard to know whether what you think…comes from the Brain Blabber …..or the Thought Transformer …….there is an easy way to work this out..…if you think or feel really bad…..angry……or miserable…..then you know that this is coming from the Brain Blabber ……..if you think or feel really good….happy…..and great……then you know that this is coming from the Thought Transformer …….the Thought Transformer is sensible……he/she makes sure that you feel the right feeling…..at the right time…….now the Brain Blabber doesn’t like it when you listen to the Thought Transformer ……and don’t listen to him/her…..so he/she talks louder……and louder……..so you can’t hear the Thought Transformer ……… 

But……you can learn not to listen to the Brain Blabber …….it can be hard at first……. but you have learnt other hard things before……. like riding a bike……and tying your shoelaces…. the more you practiced these things…. the easier they got…. this is the same as not listening to the Brain Blabber …..every time you don’t listen to him/her……the easier it will get…… now…..the Thought Transformer has a secret power….every time you listen to him/her….and not the Brain Blabber ……..the Thought Transformer can shrink the Brain Blabber a little bit…..if you keep listening to the Thought Transformer ……then he/she can keep shrinking the Brain Blabber ……until he/she is so small…..that you can’t even hear his/her voice…….. 

The Brain Blabber will not like getting smaller……. so, he/she will shout to you to listen to him/her……and not to listen to the Thought Transformer ……..he/she will try very hard to make you stop practising on how to listen to the Thought Transformer …….because the Brain Blabber knows…..that the more you listen to the Thought Transformer ……the smaller he/she will get…….it will be hard…..and sometimes you may forget….and still listen to the Brain Blabber …..and this is ok…just remember…..that every time you listen to the Thought Transformer ….it will get easier……and easier and the Brain Blabber will get smaller…..and smaller…..in fact…..the Brain Blabber might be harder to hear now….because he/she has already started to shrink…..while you have been listening to me!…….. 

You have done so well……. you have such a good feeling to be you…… you feel comfortable and peaceful……knowing you are strong….and wise…… and now know the difference between the Brain Blabber……and the Thought Transformer……. you feel so proud of yourself……. thank yourself for having this special TV in your mind…. and know that you can use it any time you wish. ….. 

Ok…. it’s now time for you to turn your tv off…….to let yourself slowly return to this room…..here with me……. keep your eyes closed for a bit longer……while your body wakes……and your mind wakes up…..wiggle your fingers….and your toes…..move your arms and legs around….. feeling happy…..and relaxed……and ready for a wonderful day……. open your eyes now……. Fantastic!! 

 

Outline 

This script can be used for kids 6-10 years old. It can be used for boys or girls. It would be useful for kids that like watching TV, watching cartoons etc. The therapist would need to make sure that the child is not scared of heights or flying. This script could be adapted to other things by finding out the child’s favourite place and if they were magic what would they do (e.g., a playground and to be able to fly or at grandmas and see a magical unicorn etc.). This script could be used for children suffering from anxiety, children who overthink, children who have issues with self-esteem and children who experience negative thought patterns.