Remember when..?

Listening to the our news media over the last few months it would be easy to think that we should all have perfect recall for our memories of past events, and that if we can’t remember things that happened eleven years ago we are as good as lying.  It’s also true that our Prime Minister Read more

When love is difficult

Over the last couple of chats on Radio Live Sunday Morning, Mark Sainsbury  and I have talked about love and attachment and in the last of our talks on the topic we discussed insecure attachment, how that can effect us throughout our life and make intimate loving relationships hard. (Click here for audio of the Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder – Nutters Club

So this week I was back on the Nutters Club, but this time as the guest, talking about Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). We had some great calls, and talked a lot about mindfulness, how to manage the symptoms of trauma along and emotional dysregulation.  Click on Read more

Guest Nutcracker

The Nutters Club is comedian, turned Mental Health educator, Mike King’s longstanding radio show now on Newstalk ZB, Sunday nights from 11pm until 1am.  Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to be guest co-host or “Nutcracker”. We talked with Susan Rogers-Allen about her experiences of domestic violence, the impact on her and Read more

The cost of love

Human infants are difficult.  It’s a a wonder anyone puts up with them.  But they do, and apart from all the genetic evolutionary arguments, why do we do so?  What is the mechanism of evolution that enables people to put up with it all?  Simply put of course it’s love, or what developmental science has Read more

Love is the cure

I’ve heard a lot of pop and rock songs that claim that love is the answer, but not too may psychological studies.  And that’s why this research, that Mark and I talked about on his show, caught my eye. (Click here for audio of the interview) In this study, published in the Journal of Personality Read more

Beneficiary Bashing

In the last couple of weeks, we have once more been subjected to another round of “beneficiary bashing” thanks to a pronouncment from the Minister of Social Development, Ms Paula Bennett,  that New Zealander’s on a benefit are “abusing the privilege” and going on overseas holidays at a shockingly high rate. Sadly it’s not unusual Read more

ACC Privacy ruling welcomed for Sensitive Claimants

Press Release: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists Tuesday 15th April, 2014 *** Yesterday’s District Court ruling, that the standard ACC release of information form the “ACC 167” is illegal, has been welcomed by psychotherapists and clinicians working with sexual abuse survivors. “The Disley Independent Clincial review of the ACC’s treatment of Sensitive Claimants, undertaken in Read more

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