Kia ora koutou katoa / Hi everyone,

I’m a clinical psychologist and writer from Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa). Aka a Kiwi from the land of 5 million people, 26 million sheep and wickedly beautiful scenery.

I run a private psychology practice offering performance coaching and therapy, do some speaking, write books and a blog, have a regular "life" column for NZ's leading media organisation (Stuff) and chip in with other media bits and pieces.

On Medium I write about life and love — how to stand strong and navigate this chaotic world. It’s do-it-yourself psychology tips and tools you can use in your own lives. Thanks for reading my stories/being on my team and for ALL the feedback and comments — even the critical stuff helps. Sort of!

My publication here on Medium is On the Couch — practical psychology for everyday life —we love new talent and you’re welcome to submit (here are the guidelines). Please follow the guidelines - it's your best (and only) chance of being published :)

If you enjoy my work, please feel free to join my personal my email list here to receive a regular dose of practical psychology tips and tools for everyday life. And below are my books and links to where you can find them.

Happy reading and writing!

Karen xox



The Good Partner (HarperCollins, 2022) —A modern approach to relationships. Understand the things you can change; Let go of the things you can’t. Self-analysis that will transform your relationships. Available through Amazon and selected outlets in paperback, Kindle and audible.

Busy as F*ck: 10 On The Couch Sessions to Diagnose, Explain and Treat Busy as F*ck People Everywhere (a collection of my best therapy tools). HarperCollins 2020. Available in paperback in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand. Both versions through Amazon.

My Bum Looks Brilliant in This: The One True Secret of Lasting Weight Loss. Available through Amazon.


Fish Pie is Worse Than Cancer: A memoir. When cancer strikes an ordinary family: This is what happened when cancer came to our place (coping strategies included). Available through Amazon.


Fatty and Skinny A Young Adult novel about two unlikely friends with the same dream Shortlisted for the Tessa Duder Award for YA Fiction. Available through Amazon.

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Karen Nimmo

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Clinical psychologist, author of 4 books. Editor of On the Couch: Practical psychology for health and happiness.