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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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 this year. Even clients, who usually wait until January when there’s a surge of couples and singles looking for help with their relationships, are keeping me busy.

I was very excited to present two sex and relationships shows for LBC over the past few weeks – though holding a two hour show together as a presenter is definitely outside of my comfort zone 😉 Thankfully I had some great guests and a raft of callers, so it tends to speed by. But it’s a Saturday night, so as well as having to prep for it (and recover from it) on a weekend, after a long week’s work, I did miss my X Factor Sat night in!

I’ve written a fair bit over the past few weeks including my regular contributions for New! – including how Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright deal with a long distance relationship during a prolonged separation and of course a few observations on Katie Price – without which, no month would ever feel complete!  I have also written for Best magazine on how to recognise and deal with crisis points in relationships at Christmas as well as a piece on what New Year resolutions you might want to make, relationship wise – so as those crises don’t happen again next year…  I also wrote for the Sunday Times on Taylor Swift’s changing behaviour and ES Magazine on how positive affirmations can help happiness – though I know they don’t work for everyone.

I handed over my UK Dating Awards Dating Expert of the Year – slightly reluctantly, but at least it wasn’t wrestled from my hands (!) – to Susan Quilliam, a very worthy winner in my view, so well done! And it was a great evening, after all the judges hard work. The dating industry is developing in some very exciting new ways.

I gave a talk at Soho House on Dating in the Digital Age, which was really well attended, even though it was slightly disconcerting to have my 24 year old son sitting in the front row 😉 Anyway, it seems to have gone down well as I’ve been invited back next year. 

I also did an interesting pilot show for the BBC, where I got to meet Emma Bunton – who was presenting – and I have to admit that not only is she a very pretty and lovely girl, I was also more than a bit star struck! There’s also a strong chance of my co-hosting a 12 part series for ITV next year, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for that. And January is already shaping up well with a few PR campaigns/radio days planned – ranging from Domino’s Pizza to the Harley Medical Group. My job is nothing if not diverse!

So, until next year, I’ll just wish you a very merry and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Jo
xx

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

July and August

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