News & Events

Welcome to my news and events page.  Here you’ll find details of what I am up to in the media – whether it’s magazine features, newspaper comments, extracts from my books or news about my TV and radio appearances.  I’ll also include gossip and news about up and coming TV shows and celebrities, snippets of psychological comment and tips and advice on dating and relationships.

My usual ramblings will still appear on Twitter, on @TVPsychologist, so please feel free to follow me, but this newsletter will give you a little more info, a few more links and is there for anyone who wants to know a little more ‘behind the scenes’ info.

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May and June 2018

Hello lovelies

Hope you’ve been having a good summer – I am very late in writing this (apologies to those who subscribe, no one else will notice!) just because when I haven’t been working, I’ve been trying to spend as much time in my garden as possible. As an SAD sufferer, I need to make the most of the sunlight as fellow SAD’ers will know.

TV wise, I’ve been on Good Morning Britain (lovely new studios in White City, but that bit further away from me, so an even earlier start) and Sky News. And a lot of working behind the scenes as a Duty of Care/Assessment psychologist on some really great new shows, but as ever, confidentiality agreements mean I can’t say much about those yet.

I’ve written for Harper’s Bazaar on the psychology of why we adore royal weddings so much – and The Sun on Meghan Markle’s family and the effect on her, a topic that shows NO sign of going away any time soon;  Reveal on the body language of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik; Closer on Katie Price (yay, no month would be complete without that) and Khloe Kardashian for New! magazine.

And of course a lot of work on Love Island. Which is off the Richter Scale in terms of reality TV. And much as I enjoyed it, my heart will always be with Big Brother. For me, Love Island lacks diversity, but it’s a huge success and didn’t stop me writing/broadcasting about it endlessly.

I’ve written a lot for the papers the last few weeks. Daily Mail on loneliness; Daily Telegraph on why women enjoy crime novels so much and The Guardian  on the ridiculous, feminist parody that Germaine Greer has become. That particular feature was a result of posting a critical tweet about her ramblings, which then tends to get picked up by the media. My mistake there was ranting on holiday, with only an iPad to research on, which made it especially difficult. So, although my next holiday seems a long way away, I’ve invested in a Mac Notebook, so I don’t have to feel that compromised again ;-).

But of everything I do, I am hugely grateful to the radio stations that call me very week (sometimes doing six or seven interviews each week) as I love being on the radio – and yes, may well have a face for it…

So thank you to LBC, Talk Radio, Love Sport Radio, BBC Radio London, Radio 5 Live and all those local BBC stations that call me with increasing frequency to ask for my ramblings on just about any topic that I can’t anticipate and often have no time to prep for – I’ll always help out when I can and you make my week.

Keep in touch on Twitter @TVPsychologist and until the next time

Much love

Jo
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March and April 2018

Hi lovelies Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine. Long may it last! I’ve had a busy couple of months and was also lucky enough to manage a few days (OK a bit more than that) in my beloved Fethiye, in SW Turkey. Writing wise, I have written for most of the nationals these past couple of months. A lot of work seems to be generated by my morning tweets, which are becoming a digest of ideas for people to invite me onto radio, TV and print to comment further. I now seem to be thinking in soundbites – when I am supposed to be writing another book. But Read More

Jan and Feb 2018

Hello lovelies I am so late writing this – thanks to being busy – that we have gone from a bitter cold and properly looong winter to a sudden heatwave, so I am now struggling to remember those early months of this year. But I’ll do my best to have a bit of a catch up… I am always curious looking back on the same time last year and seeing how my job evolves. It’s not necessarily always me choosing to take my work in another direction, more that I simply respond to it happening. Though in this case, I am trying – and doing OK – to pursue more Read More

November and December 2017

Hello… I find myself writing this mid way through Jan, partly because it all gets a bit quiet in the media and counselling during the last couple of moths of the year, and partly because January is just the opposite! So, I’ll keep this post brief and make up for it with a bumper newsletter next month… TV wise, there were a couple of appearances including Good Morning Britain, Sky News and C5 News – but there was a lot going on radio wise. I seem to have become a bit of a regular on Talk Radio – chatting everything from women who fear police reaction to reporting sexual harassment Read More

September/October 2017

Hello…. I guess it must be a good thing that it’s taken me until the end of November to write about my September/October activities – it’s been that busy – but it is now freezing and Christmas is just around the corner, so feel exhausted just time travelling 😉 It’s odd how sometimes one part of my work seems to simply eclipse all the others and in the last few weeks, that must have been TV. As in on screen rather than behind the scenes. I seemed to spend most of time in cars travelling backs and forwards from ITV, Sky and Channel 5. I’m always amazed that I rarely Read More

July/August 2017

Hello Here I am in early September, not much liking the way the evenings are slipping away fast but have to make the most of what little ‘summer’ is left. Catching up on this newsletter helps as I have to remind myself that although the past couple of months see media pretty much shut down – so not much TV as all my producers go away – there has been plenty of writing and radio to keep me busy. I did manage a quick visit to Channel 5 News  to talk about what makes a man handsome. It was pretty much a bit of PR fluff for a cosmetic surgeon, Read More

May/June 2017

Hello… OK, so where is the summer going? I can hardly believe we’re now in July. It’s certainly been a turbulent couple of months, with some distressing events, which has certainly influenced my TV work. Having lived in London all my life, and grown up not far from Grenfell Tower, I can’t think of much that affected me quite as much as that terrible, tragic fire. I had to visit the area that week for both ITV News and Sky News, to talk about how families and friends will begin to cope with their loss and how those extraordinarily brave firefighters can process and deal with what happened to them. Read More

March and April

Hello lovelies The end of April finds me packing for a holiday to my beloved Fethiye in SW Turkey for a week or so. Troubled times in that part of the world, but I have many friends out there and it’s a very beautiful and peaceful place. I hope it stays that way. So, I’ll keep this newsletter short and sweet – as I have to up at crazy o’clock tomorrow. In fact I was asked to go on Good Morning Britain tomorrow, so would have been an early one anyway;-) I’ve had a varied couple of months, with a fair bit of TV, including Sky News discussing why online Read More

Jan and Feb 2017

Hi lovelies Very late to writing this blog, but that must be a good thing, workwise, right? Anyway, a Happy and Very Belated New Year to you all! It’s been a really busy time with clients, as ever. There are always a lot of singles who want to find a partner for the new year and vow never to spend another Christmas alone. I’m pleased to say that a few of them are now happily dating so something must be working… Usual client numbers were swelled by a great piece in the Daily Mail‘s You Magazine in January. A four page feature on dating coaching, much of it about my Read More

October, November and December

Hello lovelies As I write this, I realise that it’s been a hell of a year. And sadly, most often not for the best reasons. We’ve had huge political upheaval as well as losing way too many musical and acting icons – with the last week of the year, feeling like an apocalypse in terms of the deaths of so many talented individuals that brought us so much pleasure. Let’s all hope that 2017, brings us all a little more joy… But back to what I’ve been up to in the last couple of months – it’s been a busy time and much of it very reassuring that in spite Read More