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Counseling Corner: Primary Students Learn about Negative Self-Talk
  • Primary School
Naomi Vibrati, School Counselor

During February, counseling lessons in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the International School of Berne have focused on self-talk - how we recognize and challenge it. Homeroom teachers facilitated an activity in which students had to reflect on their strengths and qualities and write an affirmation, which was collated for the PYP corridor display.

Our self-talk is the inner voice, which can act as a coach (positive) or a critic (negative) - it’s something we naturally do all the time. Therefore, it’s essential to help children and young people build awareness around their self-talk to teach them how to reframe negative thoughts.

Start to challenge negative self-talk by asking:
Is this thought overly critical?
What would I say to a friend who had a similar thought?
Is there actual proof or evidence for this thought?
Am I making assumptions?
Can I know what other people are thinking of me?
Is there anything I can do to change the situation?

Learn more about Counseling at ISBerne.

  • Primary School
  • Wellbeing

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