BSc (hons) MAC MBPsS assoc.CIPD assoc.MISCP
Debbie Watt is a work psychologist and professional coach with 17 years’ experience in performance psychology. With a wide-ranging background in designing and structuring psychological and rehabilitation interventions, she has delivered more than 15,000 hours of direct coaching support, both to groups and as focused one-to-one interventions.
An ethical and reflective practitioner, Debbie specialises in wellness, work performance and vocational rehabiliton, founded on the latest research and developments.
Debbie is our lead coach at Bridgeborne, working directly with clients, particularly in complex and challenging cases including chronic conditions or supporting senior professionals.
“I focus on building resilience and performance in all those I work with.”Debbie Watt, Managing Director
Throughout her career she has worked on a diverse portfolio of projects, including:
- Designing and delivering a tailored programme in conjunction with University College London Hospital to focus on resilience, burnout and workplace stress for paediatric nurses.
- Supporting individuals with chronic health conditions through a UK Government backed Condition Management Scheme for the Southwest region of the UK (part of the DWP funded Pathways to Work scheme).
- As Work Psychologist and Senior Case Manager at the Papworth Trust, she delivered tailored programmes consisting of one-to-one coaching interventions, personal development activities and small group workshops.
She has also held Trustee positions with the charities Headway (supporting those with acquired brain injuries) and the Dyspraxia Foundation (supporting and promoting the rights of individuals with dyspraxia, as well as their families).
What we do at Bridgeborne
Work Is Good
It may not feel that way sometimes – but vocational activity, activity with a purpose, is very important for psychological wellbeing.
Occasionally, though, too much can be asked of us. A combination of challenges inside and outside work can require more than we are able to achieve leading to stress, anxiety and poor health. Unfortunately a consequence of this is that we can drop into a pattern of doing less that gradually erodes our abilities and self-confidence.
A return to structured activity has a proven therapeutic effect. Our aim is to return individuals to meaningful vocational activity as soon as practicable and to support them to make that sustainable.
Although we are psychologists and health practitioners, our approach has more in common with coaching than conventional rehabilitation.
Rather than concentrating on an individual’s symptoms, we have a focus on aims and end goals. By identifying vocational aims, we can then find the specific barriers that are in the way of these and put in place a structured plan to help overcome them.
You can’t fix everything at once, and so we believe that the limited resources of individuals and those who support them should be focused where it can make the greatest difference – getting back to activity with purpose and structure. After all, work is good.