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

The Problem with Gambling

Gambling has been in the news this week, due to some controversies about the funding of its treatment.  But how is gambling addictive, and what are the controversies with funding counselling?  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about this on Radio Live this week.  (Click here for audio of this weeks interview) The recent changes to Read more

Therapeutic trip

In just the last month, the first therpeutic drug study of LSD or “lysergic acid diethylamide” since the seventies was completed.  LSD, MDMA (ecstacy) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) all have powerful effects on the human brain, show little risk for dependence or addiction, and when chemically pure have very few adverse physical effects.  This week Read more

Counselling cuts questioned

Press Release:  New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists Saturday 22nd March, 2014 *** Once more New Zealander’s access to counselling has been limited by funding cuts, this time in the area of free help for problem gamblers.  Yesterdays announcement that the Problem Gambling Foundation, or “PGF” would not have it’s contract renewed this year has shocked Read more

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