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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January/February

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 blues to coincide with the DVD release of The Martian to talking/writing about Valentine’s Day for just about everybody!

Other TV appearances included BBC Breakfast on how to deal with a big lottery win (oh, just give ME the chance!) and Good Morning Britain on age gap relationships in the light of Jerry Hall getting engaged to Rupert Murdoch. It isn’t just the age gap in that relationship, it’s the cultural gap – from rock star(s) to elderly media mogul?? Although as Piers Morgan dryly pointed out to me, there probably isn’t that much difference in age between Rupert Murdoch and Mick Jagger… My second appearance on GMB, was skilfully managed by Susannah Reid (no Piers in sight) while we talked about the treatment for phobias, in particular cake phobia. Yes, it does exist. It even has a (totally unpronounceable) name.

Lots of writing this month, I always enjoy my regular comments in New! magazine. It’s usually just a box feature on various celebrity antics, with Cheryl Cole, Jacqueline Jossa, Dan Osborne and Khloe Kardashian included over the past few weeks. I’m usually quite cautious in what I say – carefully navigating that tricky path between entertainment and professionalism. But when they asked me to comment on Gemma Collins behaviour in the Celebrity Big Brother house – they couldn’t shut me up and I ended up with a double page spread! I bravely tweeted the feature, expecting the usual ‘leave her alone, we love her’ trolling, but virtually no negative responses. Which just goes to show the power that CBB still has over a celeb’s popularity.

I also went to Dublin (a city that I love) for a PR job but somehow within a massive schedule of 20 interviews – press, radio and TV – most people still wanted to talk about Celebrity Big Brother, as it’s huge on TV3.

Other work included writing on reality shows and the cult of celebrity (right up my strasse!) for The Daily Telegraph, ‘Glory Parenting’ for The Daily Mail and the Psychology of Cosmetic Surgery for The Harley Medical Group.

I am also very excited to be involved in a brand new TV dating series, called ‘Undressed‘. And yes, while it does involve getting a few clothes off (not for me, you’ll be thrilled to hear) it’s more of a social experiment to fast track intimacy, strip away inhibitions (yes, yes and clothes) and see attraction in a psychological light. It’s filming in April, so I’ll keep you posted. Meawhile if any of you singles, would like to audition to take part – just let me know!

 I have also had more clients over the past few weeks than at any other time. A mixture of singles and couples counselling – both are the most rewarding areas of my job. Emotionally rather than financially 😉 And I am thrilled to be invited to a wedding later this year for a couple that I successfully coached. I’ll definitely be there and love a happy ending, especially if I have helped them get there – even though they are getting married half way around the world…

Until next month, much love

Jo
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November/December

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

September/October

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

July/August

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

May/June

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

April

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

February/March

Hello lovelies A joint Feb and March newsletter this time. The first quarter of the year is always busy with coaching – including a few interesting celebrities – but of course it’s always the part of my job that complete confidentiality prevent me from ever writing about. And now nearly Spring – loving the lighter evenings and my favourite day of the year (now I’ve stopped counting birthdays!) has to be the clocks going forward on Sunday – I am definitely not a winter person… I still managed to fit in some writing work and as my regular followers will know, no month is complete without writing about Katie Price, Read More

January

Hello lovelies Well, here we are, just out of January. Always seems like such a long month, with Christmas packed safely away for another year and any chance of another break/sunshine MONTHS away! In my world, Jan is always one of the busiest months of the year. Especially in coaching terms. From singles vowing to never spend another Christmas alone again to couples who have struggled over the festive period. And of course it’s the month for new beginnings, so people are always looking for a psychologist’s comment to help inspire others to make/keep their resolve. I have also written and contributed to fair few features this month. Hugely varied Read More

October – and Big November News!

Hello lovelies A couple of weeks late with this month’s blog – but for very good reasons. Well, I think so anyway. I was hanging on in there for the UK Dating Awards on Thursday 13th November.  This is the first year of an Awards Ceremony that celebrates achievement right across the dating industry, from bloggers and journalists to major online dating companies. I was up for Dating Expert of the Year – an honour enough to be nominated, but I was absolutely thrilled to win! While I have been a Dating Coach for over 10 years now, I was up against some formidable and well-respected individuals, so had warned Read More

September

Hello lovelies Well, that’s it – September done and and dusted.  Is it just me or did it disappear in a flash? Least it was a warm, dry flash.  I even managed to catch a few days away, early in the month, in my beloved Fethiye.  Feeling Turkish sun on my skin, especially when cooled by a gentle sea breeze (both of the alcoholic and non alcoholic sort!) somehow seems a whole lot more pleasant than the sticky, city-summer sort.  But back to work… September is one of my busiest coaching months.  It’s a combination of singles who don’t want to spend another summer alone – and are perhaps looking Read More