I have been writing emotional advice for over 30 years. My work has appeared in The Guardian, Evening Standard, Telegraph and Daily Mail, plus Red, Grazia, Balance, Take A Break, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Prima, YOU and Sainsbury’s Magazine. I am also the author of 16 wellbeing books which have been published in six countries.

NEW: How to stop living in fear

Keep calm and carry on coping

Worrying never solved anything

The noise in my head nearly destroyed me

 

How to leave a bad relationship

How to stop worrying and start living

From bosses to mother-in-law… how to deal with life’s critics

 

Quiz: How should you reset for 2020?

 


Adoption Articles

I was adopted at six weeks old and told six years later. For the next 25 years I tried to ignore how being adopted had affected me. It was only when I began studying to become a life coach that I discovered what had been going on in my own head. I recognised a finely tuned self-preservation due to the fear of being abandoned again; a guilt about my natural mother’s damaged life after she was coerced into giving me up; and the shame of feeling different to everyone I knew growing up, a permanent outsider. Overcoming these issues has been life-changing for me and I now coach and write on all aspects of the adoption experience.

 

My birth mother deserves an apology

Here at last was the story behind my mother's torment

 

A letter to… my adoptive mother to apologise

A letter to... my detached adoptive father

What I’m really thinking