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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September and October 2018

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 London, I now seem to be on speed dial on BBC Radio Scotland and Wales as well as Talk Radio and Love Sport Radio. With little inside knowledge of what they want to talk about – and sometimes with a only a few minutes before I go on air, it certainly sharpens the mind 😉

And with reality TV season at its peak, I wrote and broadcast a lot about shows from the ‘Strictly Curse’ to the psychological ramifications of Roxanne Pallett’s lies on Big Brother for The Victoria Derbyshire Show.

Writing work included contributing to features for The Sun on Victoria Beckham’s marriage problems (all seems to have gone very quiet now); Sean(n) Walsh’s cheating and why women are attracted to their bodyguards; The Guardian on the cost of dating; The Daily Mail on ‘the perfectionist trap’ that women seem to fall so easily into; The Daily Mirror on how to spot a liar, the Beckhams (again); The Independent on top tips for your dating profile; The Daily Telegraph on working with your spouse in business and The Daily Express on what makes Boris Johnson so attractive to women – though not my cup of tea, I must admit…

Magazine wise, I wrote a few features for New! magazine this month, as well as Closer, the Huff Post, Grazia and Star on a variety of topics from Kirstie Allsop smashing up her kids iPads. to Cheryl (whatever she may be called now); Lauren Goodger and of course, as readers of this blog will know, it’s never complete without writing something about Katie Price and she has a lot going on in her life right now.

Finally, I was very pleased to be involved, once again in Macmillan Cancer’s Go Sober for October again. I joined in this year – and like so many it’s fine and virtuous for a week or so, and then you find yourself seriously looking forward to a glass of wine. Weak-willed, I caved on on week three. Must try harder next year!

Have a lovely Christmas and I’ll post my next newsletter, before the New Year.

Jo
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July and August 2018

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

May and June 2018

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

March and April 2018

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

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 Read More

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