Jillian's basic philosophy goes something like this: 

***She believes that the food we eat has the power to influence how we feel physically, and also has a profound effect on our mental health and happiness. 

*** She believes that true wellness cannot be measured by a number (BMI, weight, etc.). Bodies come in so many different shapes and sizes, and yours is doing it’s best for you every day. Why not treat it well and learn to love and respect it for what it is?

***She believes in the value of eating fresh, whole, colorful food on a regular basis, certainly, but I also believe it is important to eat ice cream, pizza, and croissants, and to truly enjoy what you eat. The media sends us so many conflicting messages about what is "healthy" vs. "unhealthy" or “good” vs. “bad” and when it comes down to it, food is so much more than it's nutrient content. Eating well should never leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied!

Jillian's goal is to help all of her clients to truly appreciate their unique bodies and the incredible things they can do. And when it comes to food, to help them learn how to best fuel and nourish their bodies, using an approach that is intuitive, rather than rigid or restrictive. If you’re struggling with your relationship with food, exercise, and/or your body, my goal is to help you re-learn what it’s like to trust your internal cues and to appreciate all of the incredible things your body can do, instead of focusing on what it looks like—this is something that can be particularly important for the athletic population.

Professionally, Jillian received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Spanish at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she also ran competitively for four years. She earned her Master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2013, and completed her Dietetic Internship through the U of MN + The Emily Program after that. She now lives in St. Paul, (still) loves to run loops on the river, and feels so lucky to live in these cities that are so full of green space, incredible food and beer, and just the greatest people.

Jillian has returned to the office, but telehealth remains an option based on individual circumstances and insurance coverage. Please contact her directly with questions.

*To schedule with Jillian, please contact her directly at jillian.tholen@cultivatecounselingmn.com or by calling 612.324.778

Jillian is a contractor working with Cultivate Counseling and Wellness
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