Gary Bridgeman


There are many barriers to increasing your performance and so often these barriers are outside of your experience and thus outside of your control.  

Therefore to a large extent, any barriers you do have are internal, they are the unpleasant thoughts and feelings that come up and try to disrupt us from our path. The question is how to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions so they don't get in the way.  

You have probably tried in the past to control your unpleasant thoughts and feelings. You probably think that to perform better you should feel confident and get into the right mindset.  

Unfortunately, this approach has some problems associated with it. Evidence suggests that trying to change thoughts and emotions is highly unreliable and often counterproductive. You also spend a lot of time living in the past and the future rather than living in the moment where you can take action.  

A different approach is to become more skilful at focusing on our tasks even when our thoughts and emotions are disruptive.  

This skill is known as psychological flexibility.  

Why Is Psychological Flexibility Important For You? In research, psychological flexibility has been shown to:  

  • Improve your performance, mental health and overall wellbeing.
  • Help you recognise and adapt to various challenging situations.
  • Help you shift mindsets and change behaviour to stay connected to your deeply held values.
  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.  

We build resilience through developing psychological flexibility, which is the ability to initiate and sustain values guided action and engage fully in life, through times of both ease and difficulty, through periods of both stress and calm. The higher our level of psychological flexibility, the greater our resilience. 

There is only one evidence-based model that increases psychological flexibility and that is Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). ACT helps you accept the challenges that come with life thus helping you overcome the hurdles that get in our way when we step outside of our comfort zone.

Next course starts Thursday 12th October 2017 at 18:30 CEST

This course is delivered online through video conference. Each session is recorded for you to access anytime that you want.

Only eight spaces on each course to ensure a focussed learning environment.

The cost of the total eight week coaching course is only €350* per person. 

*Payment can be made in installments.

Learn How To Influence Others Through Dialouge

You'll learn how to use a 'listening framework' to be able to thoughtfully process what someone is saying and search for the meaning behind their story. You'll practice coaching your peers using your developing dialouge skills.

Become More Emotionally Open

A key requirement of developing psychological flexibility is to become more open to our thoughts and emotions. You learn how to recognise unhelpful thoughts and how to open up to your emotions so they don't stand in the way of your goals.

Become More Self Aware

Being aware means stopping automatic reactions and beginning to connect with what is around you. You learn simple mindfulness skills that help you connect with the present moment.

Make Conscious Choices 

You'll build clarity aound your values helping you to make more conscious choices about your life direction. When faced with challenging situations you'll learn how to connect with your values and make choices that move you forward

Get the full programme

What my clients say.

"Gary is certainly the coach you need for your professional development. He is sharp, constructive and always comes with concrete tools to implement the change you want to make. Definitively worth it!"

-Coline Lavorel Manager Public Affairs and Sustainability

"Gary worked with UCL to help mentor members of staff who were making the transition from managing projects to managing people and teams of people. Gary has provided us with an excellent service – both professionally and personally. If an organisation is looking for a mentor or coach, then I can highly recommend and hereby fully endorse Gary."

-Michael Browne (FRSA) Head of European Research and Innovation at University College London

"Gary is definitely an excellent coach! He spots immediately the inconvenient truth about a business that many entrepreneurs don’t dare to hear. After that, Gary proposes a set of realistic guidelines or suggestions to be followed by these entrepreneurs helping them to reach a long-term goal: becoming happier entrepreneurs accompanied with more successful businesses.  

Gary’s coaching sessions are highly recommended without any doubt, but only for professionals who are willing to commit themselves a 100% "

-Daniela S. Gomes CEO at Octopux Consulting

About Gary Bridgeman

I’m Gary and I provide open, honest and effective coaching that helps you achieve your goals, have better professional relationships, overcome professional challenges and lead more purposeful and meaningful lives.  

I’ve got over 25 years of experience working across industries and sectors. 

I’ve fixed combat fast jets and helicopters for the British Royal Air Force and I’ve developed in-car navigation systems for Jaguar, Nissan and Saab. 

I’ve represented the Intelligent Transport and Road Haulage sectors in their respective EU associations. 

I’ve managed EU funded research projects with international partners spread across Europe and the Globe. 

I’ve lead cross cultural and international teams and coached scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and interns. 

I’ve written proposals and won funding under the EU and UK government funding schemes winning several million in funding for clients and partners. I’ve even won funding for my own ideas and started a technology company using UK grant funding.  

Along the way, I’ve failed badly and made mistakes. I’ve suffered from impostor syndrome, feelings of not being good enough, and even depression. Despite this, I’ve always been driven by a desire to grow myself and help grow those around me.  

I coach within a value-based model called Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). In ACT we place a lot of emphasis on connecting with your values so that you can make meaningful choices. My goal for my life and my business is to make a positive difference to those around me.