On the 13th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We talked with guest 18-year old Mary Margaret Slack who shared her battle with anorexia and how she is now using the experience to help others with eating disorders. To listen to the audio of the interview, it's in Read More >

Don’t punish beneficiaries, reward them

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Behavioural reinforcement can be a dry topic. Which is why my favourite book on the topic is called "Don't Shoot the Dog." It points out the problem with punishment: the end point - when, for Read More >

On the 6th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We discussed the upcoming New Zealand elections and how the pressing topic of mental health might sway the public's votes, and explored the debate around whether New Zealand should have a suicide reduction target, or not. To listen to the Read More >

Break The Silence: How to have hope

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Hope is a strange thing. In many ways it involves deluding ourselves, or at least making up a future (which is ultimately unknown) that is positive. Of course, no one knows what the future holds Read More >

Nutters Club: A catch up with Mike King

On the 30th of July Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." After a couple of months away from The Nutters Club, busy with his work in New Zealand's mental health sector, Mike and I talked about everything that's been happening in the field, and how people planned to vote this election Read More >

Does politics bring out the worst in you?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Therapy has always been interested in the myriad ways we can fool ourselves as human beings. We can all provide endless self-justifications for why we act the way we do, even when we're acting badly Read More >

Why do people hate the poor?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... It's human nature for us to think we're a bit special. Pretty much everyone considers themselves an "above average" driver, even though that's a statistical impossibility. We also tend to find comfort in believing we're Read More >

Why criminalising drug use doesn’t work

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Denial is an idea people easily associate with drug use and addiction. After all, it's often part of the problem for people who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. But increasingly it appears that Read More >

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