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March 21, 2020

I was very quick to criticise the UK Government after the very first briefing on COVID-19 feeling that the leadership was uncertain, directives were unclear, and the herd immunity was not appropriate.  Over the next few days I watched as the situation unfolded (extreme...

March 13, 2020

This is a personal opinion on the initial move to the “delay” stage of COVID-19 - I'm happy for it to open debate, but simply as a leadership trainer, I have written it to assist with my reflections on how I am going to use this as a teaching example.

My personal opinio...

July 16, 2019

I've had that phrase "Jack of all trades" levelled at me for many years.  (So I'm a psychologist who's also trained in Law, History, Teaching, Business, Aerobics, Drama, Acting, Lifeguarding...and my career has taken me from a village primary school (which was probably...

July 13, 2019

Someone said to me recently "That was my first time on TV and I really enjoyed it!", and on reflection I have been privileged to be the "first time" introduction to a few things I do - to the coaching experience, to being on stage, to being on radio.

I have often spoken...

July 9, 2019

I'm reclaiming the phrase "be brave".  I too have known the head tilt "you're so brave" actually meaning "I think you have little talent, but well done for putting yourself out there", or the "Be a brave boy/girl" which is - though not maliciously - often the start of...

July 8, 2019

Juliette: It really sucks when you think someone's got your back, and they don't.

Avery: Is that an apology?

Juliette: I got invited to join the Opry tonight. And you know what the first thing that came to my mind was? "I can't wait to tell Avery. " And then I realized...

June 30, 2019

"I have to warn you, I've heard relationships based on intense experiences never work." (Jack Traven, Speed)

As a psychologist and coach, my mantra has always been "Awareness is half the story - it's what you DO with that information that counts".  For many years many s...

June 20, 2019

The ITV phenomenon "Love Island" has sauntered out of the water in its bathing suit for Season 5, and while it has drawn in a peak viewership of 3.7million (Glamour Magazine, 2019) it is as divisive as Marmite.  A simple facebook question found a lot of romance:

"It’s m...

June 19, 2019

Gaslighting is back in the news again.  It is essential we understand the damage that coercive relationships can have on our mental health.

ORIGIN OF THE TERM

“Gaslight”, promoted as a "Victorian thriller" told the story of one man's obsession with an old crime was writt...

June 17, 2019

I came very late to the "Nashville" party...and it's been e