life coach and business coach Melinda Rothouse

Melinda Rothouse

Career, Creativity and Leadership Coach

Creative, Mindful, Visionary, Empowering

Austin, TX

Appointment Types:

  • Phone
  • Online via Zoom


  • Business Soft Skills
  • Communication/EQ Skills
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Public Speaking & Presentation
  • Team Development
  • Brand Development
  • Business Coaching
  • Business Vision Strategy
  • Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Midlife Career Change/Exploration
  • Communication/EQ Skills
  • Confidence and Self-esteem
  • Developmental & Behavioral Coaching
  • Goal Setting & Accountability
  • Life Transition Coaching
  • Mindfulness


  • Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies – Saybrook University
  • Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation
  • M.A. in Performance Studies – New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts
  • M.A. in Religious Studies – Indiana University
  • B.A. in Biopsychology – Vassar College
  • Coach Training with the Coaches Training Institute

Packages Offered:

Ideal Clients:

  • Community Change Makers
  • Executives
  • Individual Contributors
  • Mid Level Managers
  • Mid-Career Professionals
  • Senior Level Managers

Methodologies and Tools used:


  • Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation
  • The Psychology and Neuroscience of Creativity
  • Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence for Leaders
  • Team Creativity and Collaboration
  • The Healing Power of Meditation and Creativity
  • Mindfulness, Creativity and the Contemplative Arts
  • Healing from Loss, Chronic Pain and Illness Through Creativity and the Arts

Melinda’s Story

Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D. is a professional creativity, mindfulness, and leadership coach, consultant, and educator, as well as a bestselling author, podcaster, musician, songwriter, and performer. She is a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), with over 10 years of professional coaching experience and 20 years of combined experience in creativity and career coaching, academic advising, freelance writing and teaching in higher education. One of her many passions is to work with people and organizations to bring their creative and entrepreneurial ventures to fruition. She specializes in career coaching for creatives, creative entrepreneurship, leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational creativity.

Melinda is the host and creator of the new podcast Syncreate: Empowering Creativity, and the co-author of the Silver Nautilus Award-winning book Syncreate: A Guide to Navigating the Creative Process for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations, with Charlotte Gullick. It was released in November of 2021 from Mandorla Books.

Her first book, A Mindful Approach to Team Creativity and Collaboration in Organizations: Creating a Culture of Innovation, was published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan. It debuted at #1 in New Releases on Amazon in Organizational and Clinical Psychology and #2 in Human Resources.

Melinda’s approach to coaching and teaching draw on the principles of learner-centered education and humanistic psychology, as well as three decades of experience and training as an educator, coach, facilitator, musician, and performer. She brings a commitment to mindfulness, deep listening, and engaged collaboration to her coaching and teaching work.

Melinda completed her undergraduate work at Vassar College where she focused on cognitive science and music, and graduating with a B.A. in Biopsychology. She has a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. She also has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies from Saybrook University, focusing on using mindfulness and contemplative arts practices to facilitate team creativity and collaboration in organizations.

An experienced educator, she has also worked as a college professor, teaching courses in religious studies, anthropology, academic writing, composition, and creative non-fiction and working in academic writing centers at Indiana University, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Tulane University, Texas State University, St. Edward’s University, and Austin Community College.

For Melinda, coaching involves a holistic and a spiritual dimension that focuses on the whole person to foster resilience, connection, creativity, authenticity, and empowerment. In addition, coaching complements all the other modes of learning and growth she has studied.

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