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Craig Nielson (CPC,ELI-MP,MA)
I serve as a coach, motivational speaker, and advocate for women struggling with low self-confidence and negative self image. I specialize in coaching women to a place of emotional wellness and wholeness by helping them to combat low self-esteem, build confidence, and break the cycle of obsessively seeking perfection.
As a kid, I grew up in a family with all sisters and as a result I have been an unofficial safe haven for female friends and women throughout the years. Many of these women have gravitated toward me because of my unique male perspective, understanding ear, and profound guidance.
During a 13-year career in law enforcement, I worked with victims of sex crimes, domestic battery and sexual assault. My life-long experience with women suffering from emotional distress came to a head when I responded to a call for a tragic suicide by a beautiful 23-year-old woman. At this juncture, my life purpose shifted entirely. I knew my collective life experience had prepared me for my true calling: coaching women to emotional wellness and wholeness.
I went back to school to earn a Master's Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology as well as my Certification as a Professional Life Coach through iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
I specialize in helping women who suffer from low self-esteem and negative body image, often helping them to recover from eating disorders, emotional distress, perfectionism and low self-worth. I help women become fully confident, attract the right kind of men in the lives, and fully engage in life with more passion, energy, and fun.
I am also an Adjunct Professor at Truckee Meadows Community College where I teach Academic, Career, and Personal Development. I advocate for women by doing motivational speaking where I talk about elevating the consciousness for both men and women in a culture that continuously objectifies women; for women so they can see their true self worth and for men so they will value and honor women.
Today, I live a positive and healthy lifestyle in Reno, Nevada with my wife, daughter and son. I am avid runner and have completed the prestigious Boston Marathon.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
I was astonished to see recent research which revealed that 1 in 4 women are taking some form of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. I survived my own severe depression which led to me being hospitalized for three weeks when I was 21 years old. From that point, I have created a life filled with joy, love and accomplishment without the use of medication. I know what it is like to feel worthless, powerless, insecure and what it takes to transform to having abundant love, joy, peace, and unwavering confidence.
As a young man with a very slender physigue, I was insecure about my appearance. Through my transformation, internally, I was able create the life I have today with more love than I could ask for. I've dedicated myself to working with women who suffer from negative body image, low self confidence, and a sense of low self worth. I object to a culture that perpetuates it by continuous objectification of women. I see too many women who settle for less in their relationships, who are not in touch with their true beauty within, and what makes them truly unique which deprives us as a society from the fruits of their talent and potential. I became a helping professional because I believe if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I found coaching to be a solution.
Over $120 per session