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.
Hope you all had a great Christmas and looking forward to a very Happy New Year!
I’m shortly to fly off to the sun for a few days (sorry, for those stuck in the UK!) before work kicks in properly in January. For fellow SAD sufferers – and anyone who doesn’t appreciate winter much – just seeing a bit of blue sky and feeling a little warmth from the sun, rather than the central heating, is the best tonic.
November and December were busier work wise than I expected. Especially December – as properly up against it psych assessing 40+ contestants for a new BBC dating series. More of that later in the year, as under wraps for now… I’ve also been working on a few campaigns for New Year resolutions, one of which involved filming in my house, which also meant removing and replacing every carefully placed Christmas decoration as it had to look like January and squeezing nine people in my not very big living room.
As well as working behind the scenes on a few shows, including the heartwarming This Is My Song, which was broadcast in December on BBC – still on iPlayer if you fancy a catch up – I was also on Sky News, discussing Theresa May’s body language and how it has changed through this long and drawn out Brexit process. I’d love to have done more TV, but with short notice requests, my behind the scenes TV work had to come first.
Radio is always much easier, as at least I can do it from my office, so it was good to have my weekly slots on Talk Radio, Love Sport Radio, LBC and BBC Radio London amongst others is always fun. There was also a lot of chat about the romance or showmance status of Jack and Danni from Love Island, so that was discussed on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live.
There were a few Christmassy features of course, including how to deal with mess during the festive season without getting too frustrated about it for The Mirror and how to deal with ‘Hangxiety’ for The Sun.
Other newspaper features included why women follow relationship patterns set by our mothers for The Times and a whole raft of articles for Metro including the psychology of why we get a bit frisky in the cinema, women shaving a few years off their age on dating apps and sperm donors.
Magazine work included writing for Elle on the friendship chemistry between women; Marie Claire on how our senses trigger attraction; Stylist on how creative writing and journalling can be positive for our well-being; Grazia on what we should ask ourselves before continuing to date someone we’re not sure of and Fabulous on our reactions to those idiot guys that think it’s funny to send over unsolicited extreme dick pics…
My celebrity musings included writing about Tess Daly’s tenacity in keeping her marriage together for the children for Best, Cheryl Cole/Tweedy/whatever she’s called now, several times for Closer magazine and of course, as in virtually every month, at least three contributions on Katie Price for Closer and New!
I’ll sign off now as time to search out a few summer clothes from the back of the wardrobe, so I’ll just wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Hello…. Am writing this ridiculously late, simply due to work pressure, so it seems quite a while ago that we were basking in that Indian Summer! I’m going to keep this brief, because although it’s nearly Christmas (yes that late, as my subscribers will know!) what is traditionally a quiet month, seems to have become anything but. And I promise not to mention Brexit once. So, as usual I was on Good Morning Britain and Sky News as well as BBC News but it’s radio where life seems to have really taken off. Currently averaging around 5 radio interviews a week, ranging from BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Read More
Hello lovelies I’m writing this while the weather is seriously cooling down, after an amazing summer – and we’re now ready (if not necessarily willing) to go into Autumn. And I am taking a last gasp, very late summer holiday to my beloved Fethiye in SW Turkey, which is usually a cue for work to get busy. And while I have my always have my laptop with me, there are certain things, like TV appearances, that are just not possible from a sun lounger sadly… While July and August are generally quieter months for work, the ‘show’ goes on and I still managed a few TV appearances, including Sky News, Read More
Hello lovelies Hope you’ve been having a good summer – I am very late in writing this (apologies to those who subscribe, no one else will notice!) just because when I haven’t been working, I’ve been trying to spend as much time in my garden as possible. As an SAD sufferer, I need to make the most of the sunlight as fellow SAD’ers will know. TV wise, I’ve been on Good Morning Britain (lovely new studios in White City, but that bit further away from me, so an even earlier start) and Sky News. And a lot of working behind the scenes as a Duty of Care/Assessment psychologist on some Read More
Hi lovelies Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine. Long may it last! I’ve had a busy couple of months and was also lucky enough to manage a few days (OK a bit more than that) in my beloved Fethiye, in SW Turkey. Writing wise, I have written for most of the nationals these past couple of months. A lot of work seems to be generated by my morning tweets, which are becoming a digest of ideas for people to invite me onto radio, TV and print to comment further. I now seem to be thinking in soundbites – when I am supposed to be writing another book. But Read More
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 Read More
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
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
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
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