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, Healthy, Prima, YOU and Sainsbury’s Magazine. I am also the author of sixteen wellbeing books which have been published by Ryland, Peters & Small in six countries.

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


My 30 minute talk during National Adoption Week 2022 for Family Action and PAC-UK: