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.
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. As a psychologist used to talking about coping mechanisms for grief and PTSD, I still felt incredibly moved and saddened by what I saw. A week later I was behind the scenes on Good Morning Britain talking to some of the survivors and those who had family and friends in the tower, who were appearing on the show – I hope I gave them some reassurance that while they can never forget, they will feel better in time. Life takes on a ‘new normal’. I also have to say that in terms of Duty of Care, ITV are really one of the best channels around. And I was back on again the next morning (which was exhausting, but in the scheme of things I am not complaining) to talk a little more about coping mechanisms and grief.
But of course, there is always lighter news and people welcome it in difficult times, so I was pleased to have a busy couple of months with my usual sort of psychology-lite ;-). Other TV appearances, included Sky News, discussing a ‘Reading Room’ experiment I conducted to find the formula for the perfect summer read; Good Morning Britain to chat about Corbyn and May’s body language in the run up to the election and The One Show talking about the rise in manspreading – y’know that thing men do, when they sit on trains with their legs flopped out to take up as much space as possible. Territorial behaviour, that’s all…
I’ve been writing a lot about celebs as ever, including my weekly meanderings for New magazine and also for Reveal. It’s the usual suspects, why is Katie Price (of course – no month is ever complete without writing about her) flirting with other men, is Louise Redknapp’s latest career threatening her marriage, is Cheryl Cole overprotective of her new baby and will Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s relationship manage to survive so much time apart? I’ve also written for Grazia on the things we hide in a new relationship and whether younger men dating an older woman can work (yes!) for Reveal. I’ve written for Marie Claire on the paradox of choice when we have too many clothes in our wardrobe as well as what love addiction really means. I also contributed to a fascinating feature for Cosmopolitan on just how many women are now keen to get pregnant online – though not literally of course… And again for Cosmo on the what the new female buzzcut really represents.
And the newspapers have also been busy trying to fill their pages with some more cheerful, lighter news so I have written about a new Slow Dating app (complete waste of time!) for The Times, on my perfect summer book formula for The Sun, The Express and The Mail as well as first-holiday-as-a-couple do’s and dont’s for The Mirror and how women in politics use make up to give them a ‘game face’ when things get tough. I also wrote a piece for The Sun’s Fabulous magazine on what makes Tom Hardy the perfect boyfriend (hello!!). That’s pretty much all newspaper bases covered then…
There’s also been a lot of ‘dating’ around – a big flurry of new clients (must be the warm weather) and also Blind Date coming back, so have been talking a fair bit on the radio – including the new (vile, who would??) break up app for LBC – and writing for the iPaper on TV dating shows in general. So what with all my clients, a few really interesting PR jobs and a couple of very exciting TV series in the pipeline, I am looking forward to a few days break in my beloved Fethiye later this month.
So, I wish you a peaceful and wonderful couple of months – and if we don’t chat on Twitter @TVPsychologist – and I’ll see you again in August!
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
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
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
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