About

Welcome to my website! I’m a psychologist, journalist, broadcaster and writer and if you’re after a bit of information – here’s a potted history.

For more than thirty five years, I’ve worked in daily broadcast news – as a reporter, producer and anchor of some of the BBC’s biggest shows, including more than a decade hosting BBC Breakfast. I’m currently the main anchor on ITN/C5 5 News and continuing to make network television and radio shows elsewhere.

But as well as journalism, I’m passionate about looking after our mental health and have spent 15 years training, starting as a trauma assessor, then being awarded an MSc in Psychology (Distinction), and finally, three years working towards a DPsych (Professional Doctorate of Counselling Psychology).

I’m soon to qualify and have seen countless families, individuals, teens and children, delivering more than 450 hours of psychological therapy. I’ve worked in many settings, most recently with acute cancer patients at Imperial College NHS Trust, and at King’s College London, where I’m an Associate.

I’m a registered member of our professional bodies, the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the BPS (British Psychological Society) and part of the UKCP (UK Counselling and Psychotherapy) Creative Strategy Group. I’m also a founding member of SOFAR (Society of Female Academics and Researchers) and have published my own research, on recovery after trauma, in peer reviewed journals.

My book, Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma, was published in June 2016. It’s a personal story of how we can rebuild after a traumatic event shatters our life. It’s illustrated by testimony (including mine) and backed up by science. I’ve also made three Radio 4 series on the mind and the brain: The Thought Chamber, How to Have a Better Brain (described by The Psychologist magazine as “touching and illuminating, a great listen”) and The Science of Resilience.

So far in 2021, I’ve delivered resilience workshops and talks to, among others, the BBC, ITN, ITV News, Action for Happiness, Women in Journalism, The John Schofield Trust and the Environmental Investigations Agency.

For more details on my work in psychology, please visit the Psychology section of this website.

To read more about my broadcasting achievements, please go to the Broadcaster page.

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