Diabetes Self-Management Blog

Joe Nelson

Joe Nelson

Joe is a psychotherapist in private practice in Minnesota, where he specializes in the psychology of chronic disease and sexual problems and works with couples, families, children, and teens. He has been a Licensed Psychologist since 1985 and has earned a master’s degree from St. Mary’s College Winona, a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, and an associate’s degree in human services from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Joe has worked with troubled youth in Chicago and Minnesota and on a special project on Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. He was the first social worker hired by an affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. He worked at the International Diabetes Center for 20 years, directing psychological services there for 12 years. A Certified Sex Therapist, Joe co-developed the Sexual Health Center at Park Nicollet Clinic.

Having practiced meditation for over 30 years, Joe offers instruction in mindfulness-based meditation to patients in groups and as individuals. Joe is married, has a 23-year-old daughter, and enjoys scuba diving, motorcycling, golf, and being outdoors doing almost anything.

When Therapy Makes Sense

Back on Track

A Nod of Acceptance

Struggles with Panic Attacks

SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota

Meditation 101

Women’s Sexual Health

What’s Your Wild Card?

When Support Isn’t Enough

Support, What Do You Think It’s Good For?

Diabetes is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Taking a Vacation From Diabetes

Taking the Risk

The Courage to Live With Diabetes

The Stages of Change

Working With Emotional Eating

Q&A: Depression and Diabetes

Taking Charge of Feelings

Sex and Diabetes

Opening Up

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