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.

Take Care and Be Well, My Friends

Keep on Keeping on

Heal Thy Self

What is Mental Health?

Trying to Get Diabetes Right

The Wisdom and Courage of Children

Support in Action!

Anger! What Do You Think It’s Good For?

The Weight of Work Gets Heavier

56 Years of Diabetes and Still Learning

The “Terrorism” of Diabetes

Getting the Group You Need

Depression, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Attitude of Gratitude

Depression in Men

The Times They Are A-Changin’

The Cost of Therapy

Guided Imagery—A Complement to Conventional Therapy

When Therapy Doesn’t Help

Barriers to Therapy

Independence vs. Dependence

To Tell or Not to Tell, That is the Question

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