Talking to the Media

My mobile rang today just after lunch. It was a journalist – they always start by giving their name and then explaining that they got my name from the British Psychological Society media list. I used to assume that they phoned me because I was near the top of the...

Child Protection

One of the girls I see is awfully pretty and having a lot of trouble at school. She has a successful younger sister and a mum and dad who love her very much. And to say she has trouble at school is misleading – her big problem is with home. At home she has been rather...

how private is my diary?

I did an interview on a radio station last week about diaries. It seems that a mum had deliberately but with some misgivings, read her six year old daughter’s diary. And had read the child describing herself as fat and ugly and stupit and no wonder no-one likes her....

happy, happy, happy

I had a phone call out of the blue today from a boy I saw when he was in Year 11. It was just before Christmas and he was very worried that he was increasingly struggling with crowds or groups of people. He found it very hard to go into Assembly, had had to walk miles...

Not like the other Girls

Sally is tall and well-built, facially unprepossessing with hair that is not quite short, glasses, and pudgy features. She goes to her local Comprehensive school and seems to be bright, with no trouble with her school work and a number of interests outside school like...

Do we attend or do we not?

Last week I phoned a Mum to ask if we could change their appointment as a meeting had suddenly been arranged. Very suddenly, it was Tuesday and the appointment was for Thursday. ‘Of course’ said the Mum ‘I was going to let you know that I couldn’t come anyway’. And...