• Icecream
  • Moon
  • Treasure
  • Worries
  • Girl
  • Boy
Illustrations by Ali Harper


Deborah PlummerDeborah is a writer, imagework practitioner and workshop facilitator. Formerly a clinical lead speech and language therapist working within the NHS, she also has extensive experience as a senior lecturer in aspects of health psychology and counselling at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Deborah began writing for publication in 1998. Her first book Using Interactive Imagework with Children draws together her therapeutic skills as a speech and language therapist working with children and adults who stammer and her training as an imagework practitioner in the field of personal development. Subsequent books have focused on the development and use of play, mindfulness and imagination to enhance emotional well-being in young children. Helping Adolescents and Adults to Build Self-Esteem (Second Edition) shows how we can continue to use these strategies throughout life, both as part of a therapeutic approach and also as a self-help tool.

Deborah is fascinated by the power of storytelling in the promotion of health and emotional well-being and has developed innovative strategies to help children and adults to construct their own ‘change’ stories and to help them to understand and cope with personal stress, illness and disability.

Her work is constantly evolving in response to the rich and varied stories told to her by others.




Deborah Plummer uses imagination and empowerment to move children and adults from discouragement to success. . . She shows again what people such as Ignatius Loyola and Virginia Satir knew – imagination can be a powerful tool for change. – The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review
Deborah Plummer shows a fundamental respect for a child’s integrity whilst making sure her language and ideas are accessible to a wide range of people. – Afasic News