Who We Are
Get Well, BE Well, Stay Well!
This is our motto!
Diane Hartingh Price
Life is an adventure for me! My outlook on whatever comes my way has no judgement involved. It is neither good nor bad, it just is, and the question is what to do about it? It’s an interesting question to ponder!
I visualize life as a rich tapestry of precious threads that weave forward persistently on the horizontal axis throughout life. They represent the core of who I am – one who cares fiercely, needs to have meaning, purpose and to make a difference for others; one who seeks first to understand, and loves the challenge of solving problems. I believe there is good and great potential in all people manifested via the connection of love and care from another.
The vertical threads represent everyday experiences of life. Some threads are a fine silk when life rolls along merrily and at other times life is like un-carded wool – knubby, gnarly and gritty. Those times have been periods of great change, due to uncontrollable situations like life threatening health issues, loss of or being out of synch with loved ones, and the dimly lit times when I questioned my purpose and whether I was living true to my values. As my life has evolved, writing has been a constant companion for me to be in touch with my emotions, intuition, thoughts and feelings. As an author, I feel compelled to share our story about Write To Be Well™ because I’ve experienced first-hand that it makes a difference in people’s lives.
Today I am grateful to give back to help clients as a coach, consultant and facilitator by helping them create new awareness with writing as a tool. This is woven together with sacred time spent with family and friends, the joy of experiencing my four grandsons grow up, being in nature, volunteer service, enjoying music and the arts.
Diane Hartingh Price is a recovering senior executive, strategic leader, entrepreneur, business developer, consultant and coach with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors at the intersection of people, process and technology with 20 of those years focused in healthcare. She has proven results and passion for working with organizations and individuals as they address and embrace change producing immediate results and long-term strength and viability.
Her signature strength is her organizational consulting, keynote speaking, facilitation and individual coaching to empower individuals and organizations to transform themselves to achieve and sustain optimal well-being. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Change Management from American University and BS in Management Information Systems and English from George Mason University.
Encouraged by the positive change her corporate clients experienced with coaching and writing she left the corporate world in 2011 and founded Meridian Consulting, LLC to be more hands on with her clients and further her education at Duke. She completed the Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach Professional Training and Leading Patients in Writing for Health which fundamentally and permanently altered her perspective of what’s important in life by bringing her past experience in combination with her current passion. Instead of continuing in solely her consulting role, her focus shifted to co-create The Get Well Project dedicated to helping individuals, groups and organizations Get Well, Be Well, Stay Well with her lifelong friend Sue.
She resides today in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Susan Ives McCollium
I am a writer, counselor, and author who has personally experienced the healing power of writing in my own life and witnessed it in others.
I believe wholeheartedly that the key to joy, positivity and purpose is to courageously address the obstacles that get in our way from time-to-time. I believe writing can unlock the wisdom each of us have within ourselves to begin and direct our healing journeys.
When I was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease over 20 years ago, I turned to my journal for solace. I ranted and complained, scribbled thoughts and made bulleted to-do lists. Once I got past the anger and overwhelm I was experiencing, I was able to sort out my options and focus on next steps. I’ve used this same writing process over and over again whenever I feel confused about relationships, career direction, health issues, life purpose or whatever else life throws my way. I find writing helps me tap into my inner resources and uncover new directions that put me back on track.
I love working with The Get Well Project’s clients. I aim to develop deep meaningful relationships based on trust with each one. This is both my personal mission and a channel to help them achieve the results they desire. I am passionate about showing you how Write to Be Well™ can help you name and tackle your personal challenges for a life of health and well-being.
I’ve led therapeutic, creative writing and memoir workshops for over 15 years, both in the U.S. and internationally. I’ve sat in circles with Malawian women and girls, written with them, and heard heart-breaking stories of life in a patriarchal, developing country. These women discovered the simple act of writing emptied their hearts of some of their pain and opened them to life-changing possibilities. It’s been my privilege to witness the universal healing power of writing.
Outside of work, my passions include reading, journaling, walking in nature and spending time with my seven grandchildren who are scattered across the US and around the world.
She has completed additional training in therapeutic writing with Therapeutic Writing Institute, CO, where she discovered the pioneering work of James W. Pennebaker, PhD, and his impressive scientific data on the physical and emotional benefits of expressive writing. She also participated in Duke Integrative Medicine’s Leading Patients in Writing for Health for healthcare professionals. She is a trained Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator.
In her one-on-one work with clients, Sue has always incorporated journal writing, gratitude logs, and goal setting in her healing work. She believes writing deepens self-awareness and fosters resilience. She has seen the transformational power of writing not only in individual work, but also in her writing groups and with women around the world.
In 2011, Sue was presented with a “Soroptimist Ruby Award” in recognition of her outstanding work to improve the lives of other women.
As a person diagnosed with diabetes over 20 years ago, she is uniquely qualified in her continued focus to help others use Write to Be Well™ in their daily challenges to manage diet, exercise and stress while living with diabetes.
Sue lives in Northern Virginia.
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