Update from Heather

Effective August 2016, Heather has closed her private counseling practice and moved to Hood River.

She is still available for speaking engagements, occasional consultations, and intermittent phone coaching.

Please contact her at:
being.well.counseling@gmail.com for more information on current services.

Additionally, she is still publishing an occasional newsletter with inspirational videos and messages. If you’d like to subscribe, click here.

Thanks for your interest in Transforming Diabetes, and I wish you all the best.

Heather Nielsen

heather headshotHeather Nielsen earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Oregon, and is a Certified Health and Wellness coach, (CHWC) trained through the ACSM-endorsed Wellcoaches team. The common theme in her professional and personal life since graduating from Texas A & M University in 1991 is well-being of body, mind, spirit.

Living well (but not perfectly) with Type 1 diabetes since 1997, Heather continues to incorporate new information about disease management with real-life challenges and barriers. She has spoken to thousands of patients and health care professionals around the country about motivational and behavioral issues with diabetes.  She worked for 5 years at the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Center in La Jolla, CA as an education and behavior specialist, as well as led the community peer educators at Project Dulce, where she deepened her appreciation for the power of compassionate community in managing our diabetes. Knowledge is necessary but not sufficient to being healthy with diabetes. Connection is essential to living well. Too many people feel alone and ashamed about their diabetes. She has witnessed amazing transformations as people find connections and inspirations and learn new self-care practices for themselves.

Her personal interests include reading, cooking, music, travel, yoga, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends. A dedicated advocate for mind-body integrated health care, she has been studying and practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2002. As a mother (two pregnancies with diabetes – one set of twins; challenging diabetes management, anyone?!) Heather knows first hand the complexities of staying well and balancing multiple priorities.