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Award-Winning Accredited Senior Career Coach & Author

About me

Career Coaching with Tessa has been an invaluable and life changing experience. I realise that sounds a little bit dramatic but when you finally know what you want to do and can go after it with focus, direction and passion, it can truly change your life.' Julie K Pilgrim

***Tessa was awarded ‘Best Career Coaching Service Provider 2021’  'Recognised Leader in Career Coaching Services UK, 2020, by CV Magazine as well as 'Career Coaching Service of the Year 2021' with Corporate Live Wire, and is the author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love'***

A successful career change in lockdown: "I started coaching with Tessa as I had been unhappy in my job for a while and wanted to find something else I could do with the skills I already have. I did not want to spend years retraining or take a huge cut in pay. Tessa enabled me to identify knowledge and skills I hadn’t considered/didn’t know I had and formulate a thorough plan for my future. As a result, I set up my own business during lockdown. It is early days but things are going very well. As tough as the days can be, it does not feel like “work” and I no longer dread getting out of bed in the mornings." (Liz, 27 July 2020)

How to find the right career path for you

I specialise in helping individuals to achieve the best career path for them, enabling them to progress into fulfilling careers.  I cover all aspects of career coaching including,

  • Self-awareness/Confidence
  • Career change
  • Job search
  • Career break
  • Performance and career path progression
  • Returning to work
  • Redundancy
  • Work/life balance

I have created a series of successful career coaching programmes which have developed through my experience of enabling individuals to overcome challenges they face in their career and feel confident about their career choices.  These programmes are carefully structured to enable each individual to make valuable discoveries and pursue fulfilling and rewarding career paths. I am also the author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love' which provides a structured process for planning your career.

I have a positive focus and am passionate about ensuring that all my clients get the maximum benefit from career coaching straightaway, increasing confidence and developing their chosen career path more quickly and easily than doing it alone.

‘Working with Tessa has changed my life for the better. The sessions were well delivered, usefully structured. and friendly in tone. What I found most useful was the ability and confidence Tessa gave me to challenge myself.  With searching questions and reflective exercises, I got to know myself better, and was therefore able to prioritise what was important to me in life.  Having made some important decisions, Tessa helped my make a plan of action.  I now have a set of techniques to use again and again at life’s crossroad moments. Thank you!’ Andy Lyon

How will I know career coaching will suit me and which programme is best for me?

Contact Tessa now on 07989 343195 or email coaching@tessaarmstrong.co.uk and she would be happy to discuss your needs in a free career coaching consultation and provide more detail about how her career coaching programmes can help you. There is no obligation following the call as she understands that you need to make the best career-related decision for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

As an award-winning career coach, having been awarded ‘Best Career Coaching Service Provider 2021’ and 'Recognised Leader in Career Coaching services UK (2020), I have been helping individuals for over 10 years to achieve careers that suit them best. My unique perspective on working life has developed from my unique career path as a solicitor, working for a top 10 national charity and establishing my own business.  I am an accredited coach, trained in NLP, a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, author of 'The Tea Model: Slowing down in a fast-paced world to find the career you love' and was also awarded leading coach in Wiltshire 2018 by CV Magazine.


My clients include lawyers, teachers (primary and secondary), accountants, web developers, charity fundraisers, managing directors, business owners as well as those from the publishing industry, production companies, property development, marketing, PR, administration, management, the housing industry, the banking and finance sectors, the education sector and schools.   I am featured in well-known publications including the Law Gazette and provide group seminars and talks. More recently, I have taken part in round table discussions with the International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring. 


  • Accredited Senior Coach, The International Authority for Professional Coaching and Mentoring
  • Diploma in Coaching, Achievement Specialists (training with international best selling life coach author and trainer, Curly Martin)
  • Diploma in NLP, The International NLP Trainers Association
  • Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner

I hold full insurance and adhere to the professional code of conduct.

Member organisations


International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M)

The IAPC&M is an independent not-for-profit organisation, run by coaches and mentors for the benefit of coaches, mentors and training providers around the world.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Career change coaching
  • Performance coaching (including stress and anxiety)
  • Career development coaching
  • Self-Awareness, self-esteem, and confidence
  • Self-Presentation
  • Corporate coaching
  • Legal sector coaching
  • Returning to work (including career breakers, Mums returning to work, redundancy, sickness).
  • Redundancy Coaching
  • Job search coaching (including CV preparation and job applications, interview technique)
  • Self-employment.
  • Youth coaching/school career coaching
  • Young adults career coaching and job search


Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Free Consultation

I offer a free consultation to enable you to understand how coaching can help you. During the consultation, we can have a chat about your individual needs and coaching programmes that would best suit you. There is no obligation following the call as we understand that you would like to make the best decision for you.

Coaching Programmes

I offer a variety of coaching programmes that can be individually tailored to meet your needs. One of my most popular programmes is my 'Career Advancement Programme' which enables you to identify and advance the best career for you and includes intensive assessment of sellable skills, interests and values, generation of career aspirations and ideas and job hunting strategies.  I also offer performance coaching programmes and job search/career review programmes.


My fees for individual coaching start at £60 per hour.

Coaching takes place during regular sessions in person, by telephone or online.

How will I know career coaching will suit me and which programme is best for me?

Contact Tessa now on 07989 343195 or email coaching@tessaarmstrong.co.uk and she would be happy to discuss your needs in a free career coaching consultation and provide more detail about how her career coaching programmes can help you. There is no obligation following the call as she understands that you need to make the best career-related decision for you.

When I work

Weekdays from 9am

Further information



“I committed to a series of sessions with Tessa after being made redundant. At the time I was feeling very anxious, and Tessa helped me recognise how the resulting panic was hindering my attempts to look in a positive way for a new position. Using a combination of reflective and probing questions, and practical suggestions on how to structure my week, we worked together to build my confidence, address the anxieties and think about myself in a more positive way. This really worked, and I became much more effective in my job searches, applications and interviews. I have just been offered a new position, just two days after my last session with Tessa, and had the confidence to negotiate a higher salary and a four-day week. The best thing about Tessa’s programme is that I can see how it would work for just about any career-based situation, it’s focused on the individual and how to reset aims, examine objectives, question assumptions and find solutions – whatever the problem.” (Joanne, 13.02.21)


“Tessa has offered me a very worthwhile coaching experience. After changing my employment due to having children and now with the prospect of them both attending school. I felt motivated to go out to work but I wanted to clarify my career path. I also had long term indecision about a future dream job as an alternative therapy practitioner.

Tessa’s strategy enabled me to keep focused and get clear about my interests, work experience and potential employment. She has coached me to uncover unhelpful long held beliefs/ thought patterns holding me back and given me solutions to work with. From a number of interests we have identified a subject I am passionate about and is a viable, exciting career option.

I have now secured casual employment with a wildlife organisation and booked my place on a naturopathic course. I feel confident in the direction that my career path is unfolding. I highly recommend Tessa’s coaching package’. (Anonymous 18.12.2020)


‘For two years (if not more) I have dithered between getting a full time job or setting up my own business and what that might be. Tessa has helped me identify what will make me happy and what is important to me. We have also done a lot of work on identifying my skills and improving my mind set. I have been afraid of committing to any one thing and Tessa has given me the tools to think more clearly and objectively so that I have felt able to make a decision and so that I can be confident in my choice.

She is very supportive, patient and non-judgemental. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone interested in career coaching.’ (EL, Wiltshire, April 2020)

‘The issue that brought me to coaching was a feeling of not knowing which way to take my job search and a desire to try and get some clarity having read so many different self-help books and information on the internet. I didn’t know where to start and or what to do next so wanted some direction.

Coaching broke down my skills and helped me identify what I was good at and that I needed to concentrate on the positives. My biggest failing is worrying about ‘what if’ and having an (unconscious) negativity to my approach. The coaching helped me to identify it. The next step is to try to overcome it and I can now identify when I am being negative and have the tools to be able to overcome some of those traits. I have also learned more about myself and my skills which I can use to look for new career opportunities.’ (RC, March 2020)

‘My career was not moving in a positive direction, and I had been feeling unhappy after two redundancies I experienced in less than one year. And whilst the redundancies were out of my control, they were a further negative impact on advancing my career, so thought that career coaching would help me see things more clearly.

Working with Tessa was far more than I thought it would be. I am still a work in progress, but she helped me see some underlying patterns of thinking that were having a negative impact on my moving forward. She also provided me with a systematic process of looking at career options and how to move forward to achieve them. I have found a new role with a great company and I am studying in order to bring about the change I want to see in my career. I also feel more confident that I can better handle any bumps in the road…and there are always bumps in the road!‘ (Kate G, April 2019)

"Thanks again for all your help! I really appreciate the work you have done with me." (Hannah Wilkinson, February 2019)

"I just wanted to drop you a line with an update ... I got the job!  'Over the moon' doesn't really feel quite strong enough but suffice to say I am very delighted and excited at this opportunity - it just feels the right thing for me - and my family - on every level!  Above all THANK YOU for the huge part you have played in getting me to where I am." (FO, May 2018)

"I was in a rut with a job hunt that was going nowhere and I signed up for a six session coaching package with Tessa.  It was a quite transformative experience.  My objective was to find a role for the next 10-20 years.  I haven't found that but what I have gained is much better; the coaching vastly improved my confidence and the way that I approach many different aspects of life, not just my career, and it's Tessa's style of coaching that is to thank.  She is friendly but firm, focused on the task and - importantly - she doesn't give many short cuts.  She'll guide you while you do the work yourself.  I had gone into it wanting answers, but being guided, by an objective and impartial observer, through the process of finding those answers myself made the experience much more valuable.  I highly recommend her (and have recommended her to various friends)." (S.K., London, April 2018)

“Just wanted to let you know I’ve accepted a job as Project Coordinator for International Compliance with an eco-company, managing recycling obligations for large companies. Something completely different and I’m really looking forward to it!  Thanks again for your help and encouragement. There is life after law.” Anonymous, (December 2017)

"Thank you so much Tessa. I really feel that I have benefitted from having coaching with you. It has been my light at the end of the tunnel during this time and in that way came at the perfect time." (FM July 2016)

"Tessa coached me through a difficult crossroads in my legal career. I thoroughly recommend her as a coach. Her approach to coaching is sympathetic and supportive but at the same time realistic and commercial. There are times when it is extremely helpful to have somebody objective to support you and at times like that Tessa has the skills needed to help.” (Anonymous, January 2016)

"I just wanted to say thank you for your time and all the guidance you have given me. Your templates are practical and help me to focus and explore. In speaking with you, it's been helpful for me to normalise the things I have been/am dealing with.  I can then face them and take steps to move on. Thank you for your friendly, encouraging, practical and professional approach. It has been challenging at times but I am glad that I committed to and undertook the coaching programme. I have definitely benefitted from it and I would recommend you to others". (Anonymous, December 2013)

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Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14

Type of session

In person

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