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.
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 of 2016’s turmoil, we’re still interested in the day-to-day psychology of life – whether that takes celebrity or a personal form.
I now seem to have a pretty regular slot on Sky News, most weeks, and usually with the fabulous Kay Burley. I love working with her and the new ‘glass box’ studio is amazing! The topics that I cover, are always diverse and generally I don’t know until the day itself what news topic I’ll get asked to cover – or whether I am on – with my psychological hat on. Which makes planning a bit of a nightmare 😉 Recent features include Student Fresher’s Week; whether telling ‘little white lies’ is ever acceptable (it is!); how old is too old to wear jeans/have a tattoo/wear high heels etc; the nature of social media mourning; fake news on Facebook and a recent study of the relationship between male sexism and depression. Diverse indeed…
I also presented the Sex and Relationships show on LBC. I had some brilliant guests, but trust me, presenting a live two hour phone in show, with no music to break it up – and incoming calls, texts and tweets to handle as well as keeping a careful eye on the clock for ad breaks, travel updates and news bulletins which need to be timed to the nearest second is no easy feat. I am so glad I only provide holiday cover – I could never manage it on a weekly basis! I’m much happier being a guest for another presenter – and have talked about the pressures at Christmas and women swearing and drinking as much as men, among other topics in the last few weeks.
I have also been contributing a lot to the Daily Mail in the last couple of months – and whatever your political views on the paper, it has a wide circulation and covers women’s topics – in particular – very well. Among a number of topics, I’ve commented on how our emotions affect our driving, what kind of facial expressions we pull when we’re concentrating and how selfies are encouraging the rise in cosmetic surgery.
It’s also good to be writing for some of the women’s ‘glossies’ and work over the past few weeks has included fussy eating disorders for Elle and body confidence for Glamour. And as ever, I’ve been commenting on celebrities weekly for New! and Reveal and while much of it doesn’t involve Katie Price, there’s rarely a month when I don’t comment on her. And while her behaviour is currently a bit ‘out there’ I’ve written about her more times lately than I can remember. Always with some affection – she’s a troubled girl, but I am very fond of her.
Some of my new clients this month – always good to have those – have been Pure Beauty, Vitality magazine, Stylist, The Pool, Fabulous, Unilad, NBC and the Irish Independent – on topics varying from body confidence and New Year resolutions to sharing a credit card and dick pics! For me the oddest one was doing a piece on Chris Coleman, ex manager of Wales, for TalkSport Radio. I know nothing about football – but it was more a psychological feature (obvs) so somehow I managed to wing it…
In early 2017, I am going to be developing my work as a Duty of Care Psychologist. Much as I enjoy appearing on TV, I really love the assessment, evaluation and contestant support that I do behind the scenes on reality TV shows. It’s hard – but fulfilling work. So, if there are any TV companies/channels reading this – please check out my new Duty of Care page on my website. Thank you!
So until January – much love.
Hello lovelies I have been very lazy abut writing this blog for the last couple of months, much of it due to being away a fair bit, including going to Nappa Valley for a fabulous – and the first I’ve been to – gay wedding! But now time for a reality check, work and weather wise… It’s been a frantic couple of months workwise – with much of it being done from my office by the sea, aka a sunbed 😉 I’ve been working hard on the psych evaluations for the second series of TLC’s dating show, Undressed and still love the fact that those willing to take most of Read More
Hello lovelies Well, it’s certainly been an eventful few weeks – crashing out of the both the Euros and the EU, not to mention the appalling British summer we’ve been having. It’s left feeling people a bit disconnected and bemused by life, especially the unexpected results of the referendum. But it’s happened, and like so much that distresses us in life, our only real option is to get on with it and try and find positives in any outcome. As my followers know, I tend to dodge anything political on Twitter – the responses can get pretty shirty – and so it is in my professional life. It’s good to Read More
Hello lovelies Apologies for late newsletter, I have been a bit poorly for a couple of weeks, but now back to rude health! In spite of not managing much work for a few weeks, its still been a busy time with lots of TV, radio and writing work as well as working on a new dating series, more of which later… It was good to be back on the This Morning sofa, discussing child favouritsm and whether it is ever acceptable to favour one child over another. Not long term obviously, but I think a lot of parents prefer one child over the another, especially when their toddler is going Read More
Hello lovelies Well, we made it through to the end of February – even with an extra day – and as I write this at nearly 5.30pm, it’s still (relatively) light outside of my office, Happy days! It’s been a busy couple of months and interesting to see how my note-taking scrawl reflects just how much change we have been through over the past few weeks. All the way from chatting on the Sky News Breakfast sofa about the impact Christmas has on divorce rates in the first few weeks of January, through to Blue Monday, the third Monday in January for the Daily Express and how to beat those Read More
Hello lovelies I’m writing this on Christmas Eve Eve, the sun is (almost) shining and the buds are out on the plants on the balcony outside my office. So it feels distinctly unseasonal! Tomorrow the mayhem will start – both boys back home for Christmas of course, a fridge packed full of deliciousness and a couple of birthdays to celebrate on the Big Day – mine and my older son’s, so it’s the calm before the storm… There hasn’t been a lot of let up in work this last few weeks either. December is normally a quiet month work-wise, but it seems that it’s going right up to the wire Read More
Hello lovelies I hope you’re adjusting to the shorter days – I can’t believe how early it gets dark now. Still, on a positive note we have to go through this process to come out on the other, brighter side! It’s been another hectic couple of months – I think I might have to go back to writing these newsletters monthly, which I guess is a very good sign work wise 😉 I know I’ve said this before, but I really think I am blessed by how diverse my work is. Which is often unexpected and sometimes more of a challenge than I bargained for. Writing wise, I have been Read More
Hello lovelies While I write this, I am looking out of my office window onto the dreariest day ever – typical of the run up to the August Bank Holiday weekend. I am lucky enough to be escaping to my beloved Fethiye for a few days on Friday, which I managed to time brilliantly (not) with the start of Celebrity Big Brother – so I may have to give it a miss this time around, as least far as observing the housemates’ antics from the CBBBOTS sofa. Unusually for July and August, traditionally quieter months of the year, I have been inundated with work for the past few weeks. Unexpected Read More
Hello lovelies Here I am sitting in my office on the hottest day of the year – for many years if the news is anything to go by – with fingers sliding off the keyboard, thinking how much we long for the hot weather and then find it so difficult to deal with it when we get it! I guess that’s a British thing… My work pattern seems to change as rapidly as our seasons. It used to be that Jan, Feb and March were the really busy months, while the summer meant things would quieten down. Not so this year – especially PR wise. There are a fair few Read More
Hello lovelies Nearly at the end of another busy month and I am off on holiday tomorrow – back to my beloved Fethiye for a short break, although by the time I get back we’ll have a new government, a new royal baby and a brand new series of Big Brother starting, so will be refreshed and ready to see what the new raft of housemates are up to on BBBOTS. I have had a lot of clients this month, which is great, although I really put my heart and soul into coaching, so sometimes I have to limit the numbers or it can get overwhelming. But if you’re interested Read More