My passion is empowering people to find their truth and purpose in life - whether it is mind, body, spirit, career, life challenges, or life transitions.


Holistic and Life Coaching is truly a calling for me. Throughout my life, my central gift to offer the world has been to help people find their unique talents and become architects of their own lives.


For nearly 25 years I worked in the nonprofit, behavioral health industry, holding executive and advocacy roles. With each cause and program, I brought a deep passion to my work, always focusing on helping others succeed.

When my mother passed away, the reality of the proverbial "life is too short” lamentation weighed heavily on my heart. I found myself at a significant turning point in my life and knew it was time.

It became time to face the fear of change and step into my true calling. Time to embrace my purpose as a full-time Life Coach, that persistent passion that had been brewing in the back of my mind for many years.

As your Coach, I bring to you depth, training and real-life experience.

I have completed hundreds of hours in 

leadership training and have provided

business consulting services for a variety of nonprofit organizations and government services.


I am a Certified Life Coach through the Life Purpose Institute, and a Certified Instructor with the Chopra Center for Well Being in Meditation and Ayurveda and am deepening my yoga practice through Shakti Yoga by becoming a certified yoga teacher.


Yet, as valuable as my broad professional experience and training is, most importantly, I bring to you my person-to-person commitment to help you discover and live your best self.

I am fortunate to have lived all over the US and traveled the world, which has provided me with an appreciation of diversity and a deep respect for different cultures and ways of life.

In addition to extensive training, I bring a wealth of rich, diverse life experiences to my Life Coaching practice, which allows me to relate to and connect with my clients.


My professional career began in the early 1990s in the nonprofit social services field as a youth drug and alcohol counselor. I worked in juvenile hall and high schools, leading groups for teens who were experiencing difficulties. 

In 2000, I progressed into program administration as CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in Sacramento, CA.  In total, I spent eleven amazing years at NCADD, developing innovative drug treatment and prevention programs, including Choice Plus Sober Recovery High School, Options for Recovery, an intensive outpatient treatment program for women. I also advocated for effective programs on local, state and national levels.  


More recently, I served as Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Sonoma County, acted as Community Coalition Director in healthcare settings, and worked as a consultant for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Community Prevention Institute, Center for Applied Research Solutions, and OnTrack Program Resources.  My varied expertise includes community engagement, strategic planning, advocacy, public speaking, and training.

(For more professional background: Nikki Buckstead on Linkedin

I am fortunate to have lived in many areas of the United States, with much of my life spent in the beautiful Golden State. I now reside in Southern California with my wonderful fiancé and rather demanding, but adorable, cat!  I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel around the world, but I still have many places yet to go!


Embracing a holistic lifestyle has been paramount for me throughout my life, leading me to become a certified teacher of Meditation, Ayurveda and Yoga.  I discovered meditation when I was 15 years old. Although  the consistency of my practice wavered during my teens and young adulthood, this early exposure gradually introduced me to many different types of meditation and deepened my connection over time. I began practicing yoga in 2010 and am currently pursuing instructor training.


Most importantly, I have been in recovery for over 30 years. Sobriety has been the humble, formidable foundation to make all of the good in my life possible. My friends, family, spiritual practices, reading, learning and traveling are my backbone and keep me grounded, healthy and happy.


When we connect with the divine wisdom of spirit as our guide, it provides opportunities for expansion and transformation, whether it is for:


  • Executive Coaching for upper management individuals and/or teams;

  • Life Coaching for individuals looking to find their purpose in life, or get through a challenging situation; or

  • Holistic/Spiritual Coaching for those looking to life as a journey.

Pra Thom Temple, Cambodia 2017


Phone: (714) 880-4134


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