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.
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 kept busy by my regular celebrity musings for New!, covering – amongst others – Michelle Keegan (twice) Caroline Flack and of course the fabulous Katie Price, of which no month would ever be complete… But I have also been asked to comment on why women ‘retire’ from romance for the Daily Mail, instant messaging and dating culture for Debrief, how to pull at Christmas for Forever Sports (!), whether platonic relationships can ever work for Red, Simon Cowell’s obsession with keeping his youth for Woman’s Own and why we buy expensive moisturisers/facials when we are getting over a break up for Cosmopolitan. I have also written a feature for Good Housekeeping on those aspects of our lives that troubles us when we were young, but we’ve not got over or even made a virtue of – mine is being short. Hated it when I was younger, but I am now more practised at rocking a stiletto or platform (or both!) than most of my friends.
Perhaps the oddest – and one of the most interesting – was contrasting the speech that Alex Salmond would have made had he won with the one he actually made as he lost for the Scottish Daily Mail.
I am also in the middle of judging a number of categories for this year’s UK Dating Awards. Having won Dating Expert of the Year, in their first year, in 2014, I have to be prepared to give my ‘crown’ away to someone else – a curious process as part of me wants to keep it while another part wants to give it only to the best!
TV wise I seem to have sat on every breakfast sofa going over the past few weeks. And these were no less diverse. I talked to Eamonn Holmes on Sky Sunrise about how it’s the little things matter in life (and no, I don’t think he was referring to my height!) and Susannah Reid about workplace stress still being a major issue on the Good Morning Britain sofa. Certainly the most touching (and my first visit to Media City) was discussing how bereaved families cope when they have a loved one who has died in military service for BBC Breakfast. I met a truly inspiring mum, who had lost her son, and her incredibly brave and lovely daughter who lost her brother when she was just five. And then just when I was recovering form another early start, I was invited onto C5 News on the same day to talk about how we introduce ourselves to strangers and whether we should hug them. Er, no is my view – why make someone feel unnecessarily uncomfortable, but of course I was pitched against someone who hugs EVERYONE!
Radio has also been busy with chats to Nick Ferrari on LBC about whether we should let kids bait each other with sexist language in the playground and Radio 5 Live about Helen Mirren’s bizarre comment that when a man outs his arm around you, it signifies ownership. No, it signifies affection… And talking of LBC, I am very excited (and pretty nervous!) to be presenting my first show on relationships and sex on Saturday November 7th. If you’re around (and not watching X Factor!) tune in or better, call in from 8.00 until 10.00pm. I’d love to hear from you.
I’ve had some great PR jobs these past few weeks too – everything from Facing Your Fears for Go Sky Dive, to Plusnet on their #loveyouback campaign as well as Nestle’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and what your fizz popping style says about you for Shloer. I’m an avoidant popper, if I can’t get someone else to do it for me, I’ll twist the bottle myself and make a little screech as the cork pops…
After all this, I am off for just a few days sunshine in my beloved Fethiye – out Halloween and back Bonfire Night. So I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next month.
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
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
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
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
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
Hello lovelies I haven’t written a blog for a few weeks, so it’s good to be back. As well as July and August being quieter months media and client wise, I was struck down by some mysterious illness for several weeks, which was a bit unpleasant. Doc thought it might be Crohn’s, but tests show not thankfully – so hopefully just a one-off. Anyway back to rude health now 😉 I’ve still managed to fit in various TV programmes (the wonder of those make up girls, making me look half-decent even if I didn’t feel it!) including a number of Sky News appearances varying from the MND Ice Bucket Challenge Read More
Hello lovelies Hope you’re enjoying this fine weather. As I sit here writing this, the sun is looking very tempting, but with a few clients today and even more deadlines, it’ll just have to stay that way… Of course, last month saw the start of Big Brother again. And much as I grizzle about the housemates and say that I won’t get back into it again, it’s been as irresistible as ever and I find myself caught up once again. Though I am off on holiday on Friday for 10 days, followed by doing a session on dating and body language at Latitude Festival, so I’ll just have to learn Read More