Finding someone

Online dating has always had a bit of a bad reputation, sort of seen as more of a dingy singles bar, than a sophisticated dinner party.  But over recent years that has really changed.  Odds are you know someone who is either currently online dating, or is in a relationship with someone they met online.  Read more

#SMCAKL: Social Media and Sex

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to be a guest on the panel for the Social Media Club Auckland (#SMCAKL)’s monthly event.  The topic up for discussion was Social Media and Sex: “Sex, dating and ‘hook ups’ are nothing new. But when you add social media and gamification apps like Tinder and Read more

Not mental

I suspect I’m preaching to the converted, but in case his stance on smacking wasn’t enough to convince you to not vote for Colin Craig and the Conservative Party, I’ve found another one. Stigma (Defn): a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. “the stigma of mental disorder” It seems that Read more

Just like riding a bike

Do you remember learning to ride a bike?  Some of us do, and some don’t.  However I bet none of us remember learning to walk, yet we still know how to do it.  This is the difference between implicit memory, learning to do things, and explicit memory which I talked about in my last blog.  Read more

Overcoming Social Anxiety

I’m pretty excited as a project that I’ve been working on for well over a year now is ready for the “public”.  I’ve put together a comprehensive online self-help treatment package for social anxiety and shyness, including video teaching sessions, a self help workbook, audio exercises and, of course, a blog. Over time as the Read more

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

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