My Coaching Practice

About My Career Coaching Services For Engineers

In my coaching practice, I combine my rich experience as a therapist and engineer to offer creative right-brain strategies for the practical left-brain inclined. Engineers are natural problem-solvers, but no matter how adept you are at math and science, it can be challenging to untangle the knots in your professional life and relationships. I’ve seen too many bright, dynamic engineers set out to make a difference in the world, and then get caught in stagnation.

No matter what’s keeping you stuck in your career, there is a way forward. I aim to help you discover a new vision and recalibrate your life to reach your goals. With my guidance and insight, you can navigate your career, your relationships and your overall life with ease and confidence.

What to Expect

The First Step: Before we meet or even connect on the phone, I ask that you fill out my coaching questionnaire. Once I receive your answers, I’ll know that you are committed to working toward your short- and long-term goals. I’ll also have a good sense of the challenges you’re facing and the mission you feel called to fulfill. That means we’ll already be building the foundation of our work together.

After reading your responses, I will contact you for a brief consultation to open up a dialogue and make sure that we are on the same page. If we are, we will then schedule our first meeting/consultation.

First Meeting/Consultation: Our initial meeting is free of charge and will last up to two hours. During this time, we will sit down together (virtually or in-person) and really dig into what’s bringing you to coaching. We will begin to create the context of our work together, including both your short- and long-term goals. We’ll also discuss “The Big Why”—why all of this really, truly, deeply matters to you and, perhaps, how you’ve lost touch with that feeling.

Throughout our conversation, we’ll have the opportunity to make sure that we feel a good chemistry between us, which is crucial to the success of coaching. And, I will gauge your commitment to the coaching process.

At the end of this meeting, if it seems that we are a good match and that we have established a clear context for our long-term work together, I will offer a proposal. For example, I might suggest that we work together for the next six months and outline some of our specific goals for our collaboration. No matter what the exact proposal looks like, you will leave this first meeting with a sense of what’s to come.

Long-Term Work: My coaching agreements are a long-term, and I work with a small handful of committed clients. A typical agreement involves hourly sessions every other week, with spot coaching, email and occasional text messaging as warranted—none of my clients should ever feel like they are not getting enough coaching.

Local clients meet at my office, while I work with others all over the nation via Zoom web conferencing. Working locally also offers the opportunity to simulate real-world challenges and obstacles at the climbing gym or on the hiking trail.

Towards the end of each session, we will agree on the actions you will take before our next session. What that looks like will be unique to you. Then, at our next meeting, I will check in to see if you fulfilled our agreement. While I will hold you accountable to taking action, this is not about shaming, but rather about uncovering the behaviors, beliefs and habits that may no longer be serving you and working through them.

You Can Start Today

Coaching is best experienced rather than talked about. If you are ready to break out of your rut and gain momentum toward renewed purpose, I can help. Complete the coaching questionnaire, and I will be in touch.

Mike Gathers offers group and one-one-one career coaching services virtually and in person in his office in Golden, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and went on to work various roles of engineering, supervision and management in the high tech and energy sectors. A student of the late R. E. D. “Gene” Woolsey, he completed a master’s in engineering and technology management with a specialty in industrial psychology. After a dozen years in industry, he made a major pivot into working as a licensed psychotherapist after earning a master’s in counseling psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Now, after nearly a decade working as a licensed therapist, including five years serving the Colorado School of Mines, he has revived his engineering and management past and merged it with his recent work as an entrepreneur and licensed therapist in order to coach engineers into their own greatness.