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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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 of a TV career behind the scenes, rather than simply being on it. It seems more of a challenge while also being less unpredictable – my TV appearances are often news reactive, so it’s either a call late on evening for the following morning or a call at lunchtime to go on in the evening. And just sometimes it’s so near the wire, that the call to appear only just works in terms of getting to a TV studio in time! And for those who follow me on Twitter and read my meanderings, you’ll know how much I HATE winter (and a SAD sufferer) so very unlikely to be camera ready or willing at a moment’s notice 😉

So, I’ve done a fair bit of TV recently including C5 News, Sky News and Good Morning Britain, but also a lot more psych assessments for reality TV, which I love.

I am also very happy on the radio (and very possibly have a face for it!) so have pretty regular slots on Talk Radio, BBC Radio London, Radio 5 Live and Heart Radio – talking everything from dating (always a winner in Jan/Feb!) to Trump’s mental state (not good…), phone hacking, bearing grudges and micro cheating. I love that news radio, which can’t rely on music, just current affairs/topical subjects is really flourishing right now. It attracts some really high profile presenters like Eamonn Holmes and makes my job that much more interesting.

But in spite of that, I am still writing a lot of psych observations of celebrities for magazines and newspapers, so I need to keep a handle on what’s going on in la-la land. I’ve written about Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan – becoming regulars now – for Reveal and also about Scarlett Moffatt, Cheryl and Liam (another constant topic of speculation and interest) for them, as well as my regular musings for New! which in the past few weeks have included Lauren Goodger promoting supplements to lose weight, Coleen Nolan’s marriage issues, the problems that Ant McPartlin is currently going through and numerous comments on Kim Kardashian and how she and Kanye are airbrushing their new baby out of their celebrity life. In fact this maybe the first time I haven’t written about Katie Price in the 10+ years I have been doing this job!

I’ve written a lot for The Sun recently, an open letter to Cheryl and Liam and how a tidy bedroom is good for your sex life. It’s not everyone’s paper of choice I know, but for some curious reason the red tops always pay better than the broadsheets. In fact some broadsheets pay nothing at all, apparently I am supposed to work for the ‘honour’ of writing for them… Hmmm.

I’ve also written for the Daily Express on how to spot a cheater and why the French don’t embrace the #MeToo movement, as well as the Daily Mail on playing hard to get as a dating strategy – not necessarily a good thing these days and the Guardian on how it’s more likely that we find it easier to end a relationship with a person than a bank.

Other than that and a few comments for Elle and Style, it’s always a busy time for coaching – both singles and couples seem to struggle in the early part of the year. But given that we’re now some way through the year and I resolve to write my blogs on time, next time around, I wish you a (very) belated Happy New Year!

Much love

Jo
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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

July/August and a bit of September…

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

May/June

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