Leadership Coach and clinical psychologist/ Art therapy specialist
Enneagram Team Coaching – AIM Aephoria Level 3, SA (awaiting accreditation)
AIM Aephoria Level 2 – Adult development through the Identity Maturity Framework (2021)
Grief Educator – Grief.com with David Kessler, USA (2021)
Five Lens Certification – Accredited Practitioner (2021)
Resilience Coaching – Resilience Institute, NZ (2020)
Enneagram Coaching – Level 1 - AIM Aephoria, SA (2020)
Certificate in Management Coaching from University of Stellenbosch Business School (2019)
Time To Think Coach (2013)
Time To Think Facilitator (2012)
MA Art Psychotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire, UK (2005)
BA Fine Arts, double major in Sculpture and Psychology, University of Cape Town, SA (2001)
Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) since 2010.
Tessa started her career as a psychotherapist and has 18 years of experience with individuals and groups. She added coaching in 2013, working with individuals and teams. She also enjoys facilitating Time To Think, as well as designing and implementing leadership, resilience and self-mastery workshops.
Tessa takes time to truly care and engage with each person, to motivate and support growth, hold accountability, and celebrate successes.
Tessa’s coaching speciality is in resilience, wellness, and health – mental, physical and emotional. She enjoys helping clients identify their strengths and develop self-leadership, particularly through developing emotional intelligence. Tessa uses a variety of methods and tools, fine-tuned for each unique individual. These she believes allow new paths and perspectives to emerge, to support change, overcome blocks, and create liberating shifts. Her main aim in coaching is to help people reach their potential and to thrive!
She is sometimes known as a “Therapeutic Coach”. As a therapist Tessa specializes in grief and loss counselling, and is an accredited Grief Educator.
Based in Cape Town, Tessa has a keen interest in positivity, breathwork, mindfulness, gratitude and creative practices.
On a personal level, Tessa values integrity and perseverance. She is hard working and organized, and passionate about working with people. In addition to coaching adults, Tessa consults with NGOs and she designed a program for adolescents to reduce school dropout. She also co-owns a family business. Tessa continually strives for a good work-life balance to enjoy her career, family and self-care.
Tessa has coached graduates and new managers, entrepreneurs and team leaders, managers and executives, private professionals and teams. She has taught Time To Think on Executive Education Programmes being delivered by business schools and/or Grey Matters Leadership Development, Coaching and Consulting.
What Tessa’s clients say:
“Thanks again for a great last session. It was an absolute pleasure connecting with you in our 4 sessions. Having reached somewhat of a plateau in my career currently, this coaching experience was invaluable to me, and assisted me to help define/set my career goals in a realistic way, and actively assist to work towards them. I have found the entire experience to be very insightful, as it has provided me with a safe space to gain perspective and talk through sensitive issues. It has also assisted in building personal awareness and finding ways to improve myself and help me to become aware of my blind spots.” – Standard Bank Client