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Psychologist & Relationships Expert - Valentine's Day Interview Opp

Valentine's Day Press Release                                                                    Expert available for media interviews & comment


A person standing posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedPsychologist & Author Explains How To Make This The Best Valentine's Day Ever...

Regardless Of Your Relationship Status


Dr Tony Ortega, author of a new self-help book out on Valentine's Day, relationships/dating expert & NYC clinical psychologist, will be in the UK for media interviews on 12-18 February 2020.

Media contact and for +44 (0) 7904801669.

Dr Tony is available for interview/comment on dating, relationships, friendships, self-care, mental health, Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day.

Talking points could include:

  • How to show up for yourself on Valentine's Day without relying on external factors beyond your control.
  • How YOU can be the guru, the healer, the hero, the saviour of your own life. You don't need to look to another person. YOU can be the expert of your own healing and wellness, and take control of what's happening in your relationships.
  • Steps to take NOW to ensure you don't have a miserable Valentine's Day.
  • The positives of Galentine's Day to help you re-evaluate and assess your friendships.
  • Regardless of relationship status, tips to make 14thFebruary work for YOU.
  • Why it's time to show up for yourself - the true importance of self-love, self-care and self-esteem in today's self-obsessed world.
  • How to see beyondthe smoke and mirrors of the profitable self-help industry and learn how to authentically shine (and save a lot of money!).

A person in a yellow dressDescription automatically generatedLondon, United Kingdom:Valentine's Day, even Galentine's Day... these are days when you can feel miserable or disappointed regardless of whether you have a great BFF or a romantic partner. The external ‘pressure' on what to do, how to be, what is expected, and what is demanded of that day, can be felt regardless of who you are, whether you're single or in a relationship. Which is why clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Ortega, asked his publisher if they could release his second book #AreYouHereYet: How to STFU and Show Up For Yourself, on Valentine's Day. And there's going to be a big party (hosted by the amazing Drag Queen star of Ru Paul's UK Drag Race, Cheryl Hole) on Galentine's Day in Soho, London, to celebrate all things ‘STFU' ahead of publication day.

Dr Tony Ortega runs a clinical practice in Brooklyn, New York and regularly provides expert comment to the media on the subjects of relationships, friendships, dating, confidence, self-care and the self-help market. His clinic doors are open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, background, and he's built up an incredible reputation over the past decade of supporting the NYC LGBTQI+ communities.

From 12thto 18thFebruary 2020, Dr Tony will be in London for media interviews and book signings. For a press pass to the private book launch party on 13thFebruary please emailinfo@literallypr.comor you can find out more/RSVP here:

A close up of text on a black backgroundDescription automatically generated"Dr Ortega is declaring an end to this cycle of following the latest self-help movement in an attempt to be your ‘Best You', by sharing his simple, effective, and no-nonsense approach to true self-wellness and healing. By withdrawing power and attention away from the gurus, and returning true empowerment and loving energy toward the individual, Dr Ortega is drawing a spiritual line in the sand against inauthentic leaders and vacuous self-help movements. He outlines ways the reader can find their own voice, create their own truth, and live their very best life out loud. STFU demonstrates how YOU can be the guru, the healer, the hero, the saviour of your own life. It lovingly but firmly places YOU as the expert of your own healing and wellness. By doing so, Dr Ortega creates real possibilities for change, growth, pleasure, and peace." --Damon L. Jacobs, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author of "Absolutely Should-less" and "Rational Relating."

Here are some of Dr Tony's top tips to make Valentine's Day 2020 your best yet (the quotes are taken directly from his upcoming book #AreYouHereYet):

  1. Stay in the moment before, during and after Valentine's Day: "What we do needs to reflect who we really want to be, not what society wants us to be."
  2. Stop asking the infernal question, ‘what if?' and shift it to ‘what now?'. Stop yourself from trying to control what everything is going to look like 24/7. For example, if you spend time wondering what might happen on Valentine's Day if you don't get a card, or you're not invited on that date, or you see your ex online with his new partner, it won't change the outcome. But if you think, ‘what can I do now?' then you can consider what you could do on Valentine's Day that will make you feel more at ease.
  3. Own it if you are struggling. "Don't be afraid to acknowledge that you're feeling unhappy/worried/angry/sad. Own it as much as you can, but don't stay in it. The difference is in shrugging your shoulders and saying to yourself, ‘Yeah, this really sucks." Don't judge that feeling because you don't want to bypass your feelings with self-empowerment mumbo-jumbo. Own it. Now that's fierce. However, follow that up by considering what could work for you next time. You can also acknowledge that it would be nicer if it looked like another way. It's okay to daydream and get in the feeling of what you would rather have instead of this. Today is not forever. This moment will pass."
  4. If you're single, remember, "Relationships are meant to complement your life, not complete your life."
  5. If you're in a relationship, remember, "Add more friendships into your romance and more romance into your friendships. No, I'm not suggesting you have sex with your friends. I am saying that by adding more romance to your friendships, we elevate them to a level at which they are as important as romantic partners, taking the pressure off our partners (or the need to have one to live life more fully and completely). Conversely, by adding more friendship into our relationships, we then have more fun with the whole concept of intimacy and it makes it so much less scary. I say this as aren't we usually more scared of a romantic breakup than a friend breakup?"


Notes to editors

To book in an interview with Dr Tony Ortega while he's over in London (12-18 February) please For a press pass for the book launch party at Bar Soho hosted by Drag Queen Cheryl Hole, please RSVP at

Get in touch for an advance review copy of #AreYouHereYet: How to STFU and Show Up For Yourself or more info, photos

#AreYouHereYet: How to STFU and Show Up For Yourself by Dr Tony Ortega, published by Ortus Press (Free Association Books) on 14/02/2020, £11.99, paperback and ebook available online and in all good bookshops.