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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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, Good Morning Britain and one of the last episodes of The Wright Stuff, now (rightly) renamed and taken over by Jeremy Vine.

One of the things I am really focusing on at the moment is my TV psych assessment and Duty of Care Work. I am the Consultant Psychologist on Good Morning Britain and work behind the scenes on a lot of other TV shows, including the BBC’s Back in Time for the Factory, which is being broadcast as I write (Sept) and was a joy to work on. In my next newsletter, I’ll reflect on what happened during Celebrity Big Brother and why I felt compelled to speak out about the importance of psych assessments, duty of care and contestant support.

But even before that happened, there has been a lot of focus on the responsibility of production companies to their participants and I talked about this at length on BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. I also contributed to the psychological welfare of participants on Loose Women and ITV News.

Writing wise, these past few weeks have been the usual unpredictable mixture of topical/celebrity news. There’s been a lot of speculation on Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady’s on/off/on again relationship – and I have been asked to comment on this for New!, Star and Reveal magazines amongst others.

With summer being peak Love Island time, there has also been a lot of questions and contributions about dating and relationships. Not just the relationships within Love Island (though thank you Daily Mirror for letting me go on about these endlessly) but also Grazia on the point at which you should delete your dating apps when in a relationship as well as moving in together in your 30’s; BBC Radio 5 Live on dating as a single mum; BBC News on why dating apps might be bad for your mental health and OK Magazine on what’s going on in David and Victoria Beckham’s relationship.

I’ve also written pretty regularly for the Daily Mail, most recently on a study which reported that middle aged women were more miserable than ever before as well as another study which reported how the middle aged were lonelier than ever before. Not the cheeriest of topics…

On a more frivolous note, I’ve also written my regular celebrity musings for New!; for The Sun on why sibling squabbling is sometimes good for you; Fabulous magazine on why men fantasize about their wive’s sisters (thanks Kanye!); The Daily Telegraph on what we can teach our daughters about the true essence of beauty; Cosmopolitan on why we’re obsessed with TV thrillers (and there are some great ones about as we head into Autumn) – and Metro on why we also love watching gross and shocking TV.

Also a LOT of radio. For those who listen to BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live, Talk Radio or LoveSport Radio – you’re probably very bored listening to me pontificating on any subject from Trump to revenge. But a big shout out to Eddie Nestor on BBC Radio London drive time show – one of the nicest men ever and always a pleasure to talk to!

 I’ll wrap it up there and wish you all a lovely September – I’ll see you next month. Meanwhile for more of my musings, you’ll find me @TVPsychologist on Twitter.

With love

Jo
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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

Jan and Feb 2017

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