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About ME


Everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced trauma. In many cases, this debilitating trauma hinders our progress to who we truly can become. The life you want can be a reality, regardless of a painful past. Healing is possible—you have the power within you to change.


My name is Deena Nielsen. I am a certified Health, Life, and Trauma Recovery coach, and a survivor of childhood trauma, religious trauma, and deep betrayal.


Trauma disconnects us from ourselves, others, and our world as we protect ourselves for survival. Patterns, beliefs, and behaviors brought on by trauma are repeated as the brain protects us, causing us to feel powerless and hopeless. Understanding what keeps us stuck enables us to break free. My goal is to help you break free and reconnect to your personal power.


I’m not only a survivor, I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves her family. I’ve been married for 31 years and had the privilege of raising three amazing sons. Time spent with family is what I treasure most. I believe every single one of us has the power to heal our bodies and mind, and the ability to live a joyful life.


But my journey hasn’t been easy. As a trauma survivor, I learned how to dissociate before I learned to speak. I’ve lived most of my life in survival and protection mode. I tried many therapists, medications, and other things to heal and become who I truly desired, with little progress.


It seemed a hopeless fight I would never win, until I learned skills in my educational journey to become a coach that helped me heal wounds and conquer demons. Skills and principles that guided me to understand my lived experience, release stuck emotions, heal old wounds, and unearth hidden trauma.


Today, I live feeling safe within myself and in my world. I have the personal power to say no and to live for what I believe.


I want to teach and help you use these same principles in your life. If you are struggling to live from your authentic self, feel uncomfortable in your own skin, feel disconnected from your desires, have difficulty reaching your goals, or feel trapped in pleasing everyone—I promise you there is hope. My goal is to help you find healing and receive a fullness of joy in your life.


Trauma coaching is client-led and coach-supported. We work together to help you get where you want to go. You are the driver; you choose where we go. I am the navigator and will help you reach your destination by the safest and most gentle route possible. As your coach, and a trauma survivor, I am sensitive to your journey. I will be your guide through your healing and recovery journey, help you find your voice and choice, and enable you to reconnect to your authentic self.

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