The uncomfortable truth about New Zealanders and suicide

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... 668. That is the provisional number of people who died by suicide in the last 12 months, ending June 2018, announced last Friday. Last week we also saw a very understandable and heartfelt outpouring of Read More >

The Nutters Club: On male survivors of sexual abuse

On the 26th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We spoke with guest Ken Clearwater shares his personal story and the work he does in this area, and how 74 per cent of male survivors of sexual assault or abuse never speak about it with the silence and shame around Read More >

Is Jacinda Ardern guilty of ‘virtue signalling’?

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Language never ceases to amaze me: words and how we use them are the tools of therapy. They most clearly express our thoughts, our ideas and who we are. Which is why the whole inherent Read More >

On the 19th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." We spoke with guest Paul Lynch who lost his younger brother to suicide in 2013. The tragedy inspired him to write a book, found a website www.aftermathandbeyond.co.nz and find ways to support others going through a similar loss.  With thanks to NZ on Read More >

Why gay conversion therapy should be banned

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Last week two petitions with a total of over 20,000 signatures were presented to the Government calling for "gay conversion therapy" to be made illegal. The idea is simple. Conducted almost exclusively by any number Read More >

The Inquiry Panel receiving the Free Counselling for all Kiwis submission from MentalHealth Inquiry on Vimeo Read More >

The Nutters Club: Mental health inquiry roundup

On the 12th of August Hamish Coleman-Ross and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club." Submissions to the Government's Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry closed this week, so two members of the panel, Ron Paterson and Josiah Tualamali’i discuss their experience of hearing New Zealanders' stories and recommendations for mental health system changes.  Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald Read More >

Why we need to pay mothers

This is my column this week in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital edition every Thursday... Psychotherapy doesn't exactly have a glowing history when it comes to mothers. Perhaps it's because many of the founding fathers of my discipline were, well, fathers. Or maybe it was just the times, being as Read More >

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