Guide Directory

Find a certified Write Your Self Guide

This is our registry of certified Write Your Self Guides. Many of them offer courses and workshops as well as individual guidance and feedback, both online and in person.

If you’re looking for support in your writing and healing process, find a guide and get in touch. Their contact information is listed below. Together you can figure out what support you need and how you can work together.

SWEDEN

VESNA BADER-AUGUSTIN
Halmstad, Sweden

Profession: Work training supervisor. Coach.
Services: Courses, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian.

Email: vebe_57@hotmail.com

INGER BERG
Enskededalen, Sweden

Profession: Teacher in Swedish and Drama, publisher’s reader, writer.
Workplace: Sofia skola.
Services: Workshops, individual tutoring, text response online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“For me, life took an abrupt turn. My only way through grief and pain was writing, to find understanding. I wanted to be active in my grief. I got the opportunity to share my story in radio and television. The feeling of being listened to is invaluable. When I came in contact with Write Your Self everything fell into place. Here’s a methodology and research that proves that writing is a path to self-empowerment and healing. All that I’ve experienced, I can now pass on. In me, you get an experienced writing teacher, listener and guide, helping you create a foundation for your writing based on trust and safety.”

Website: www.textberget.se
Email: kontakt@textberget.se

SUSANNE BOHLIN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Social worker.
Workplace: Socialjouren Stockholm.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I offer counseling, writing therapy, mindfulness training, restorative yoga and thai/yoga massage.”

Website: www.susannebohlin.com
Email: contact@susannebohlin.com

ÅSA BOSTRÖM
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Multimedia artist, writing, yoga and meditation teacher, coach, co-funder of Write Your Self.
Workplace: Write Your Self, Åsa Boström, Hypnagoga Press.
Services: Supervision for guides, individual tutoring, text response, online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I’ve extensive experience of teaching and of developing methodology for healing and self-empowering writing. I offer supervision for certified Write Your Self guides. I also offer individual writing tutoring and text response to not only guides, but also to you, who are considering training to become a guide,but who feel you must first embark on the journey of writing your own story. I work online. Contact me, and we can talk about what kind of support you might need.”

Website: asabostrom.com
Email: info@asabostrom.com

LOTTA BRATTBERG
Sollentuna, Sweden

Profession: Strategic municipality work with health and domestic violence.
Language: Swedish, English, Italian.

Email: cbra43@gmail.com

SARA GREN
Malmö, Sweden

Profession: Social worker/Counselor.
Workplace: Small business owner.
Services: Supportive dialogue, individual tutoring, one-to-one and online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Writing has always helped me anchor into everyday life. Now I’m offering guidance for you who want to explore healing writing after trauma and other difficulties. In my capacity as a counselor I also offer supportive dialogue in your writing process. You can choose if you want completely web-based guidance or if you want physical meetings regularly.

You choose what you want to write about and what you want to share. In our meetings, there is no pressure to perform. I adjust my guidance to you and your needs in the moment. You are so very welcome to get in touch!”

Email: sara@samtalsterapeuterna.se

ERIKA H MAGNUSSON
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Deacon, journalist.
Workplace: Ålidhem Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, retreats.
Language: Swedish.

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/umea/alidhem
Email: erika.h.magnusson@svenskakyrkan.se

EMELIE HILL DITTMER
Simrishamn, Sweden, England

Profession: Journalist, writing teacher.
Workplace: Österlen’s folk high school, Medborgarskolan Syd, freelancing in Sweden and England.

Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring, text response, also online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I’m a journalist and writing teacher, specialised in therapeutic writing. My own journey has brought me here. To guide others in processing and bringing their life stories into daylight, has become my life mission. Helping others to discover the power of writing, by carefully and respectfully walking alongside them. My goal is for my participants to feel safe, supported and empowered. Discover that it’s possible to move on and find new meaning and goals by writing.

Website: emeliehdittmer.com
Email: info@emeliehdittmer.com

JESSICA HJERT FLOD
Vänersborg, Sweden

Profession: Criminologist, social scientist.
Workplace: Nestor förlag.
Services: Courses, workshops, invididual tutoring, text response, also online.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a social scientist and criminologist, with extensive professional experience working with addiction and mental health. I have used writing to heal and grow in my own life, and now I want to help others in the same way.”

Website: nestorforlag.se
Email: jessica@nestorforlag.se

ANITA IFRIG
Skellefteå, Sweden

Profession: Yoga teacher, coach.
Workplace: Smashing Guru, Maskinentreprenörerna.
Services: Individual tutoring online.
Language: Swedish.

“I work with personal development and I want to make a difference in people’s lives, using my experience as a teacher, business leader and entrepreneur. Yoga, coaching and writing guidance are my tools for this. Together, we may find the best solution, based on your wants and needs.”

Website: smashingguru.com
Email: anitaifrig@gmail.com

LINN JANSSON
Sollentuna, Sweden

Email: janssonlinn2@gmail.com

HANNA JOHNSELIUS
Kalix, Sweden

Profession: Priest, author, publisher.
Workplace: Kalix Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses.
Language: Swedish, English

“Priest, author and owner of September förlag. Author of the books ‘Sorgens änglar’ and ‘Elva personporträtt från Kalix’. My intrests are my family, skiing and writing.”

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/kalix
Email: hanna.johnselius@svenskakyrkan.se

JOHANNA KANON
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Social worker.
Workplace: Centrum mot våld, Umeå municipality.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a social worker, working within the field of domestic violence. Previously working at a women’s shelter, I’m currently working for Umeå municipality, at Center Against Violence. My main task is supporting young adults who are or have been subjected to domestic violence. Daily, I’m meeting people who’ve experienced violence and trauma. In our counselling they receive support to heal and move forward. Talking is good, but I also like to incorporate art and writing in my practice. Writing can, for example, be a tool for moving from object to subject. Writing can help us to find meaning and create possibilities. Writing can be healing.”

Email: johanna.kanon@gmail.com

MARIA LEIJONHIELM
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Journalist and social worker with basic psychotherapy training.

Email: m.leijonhielm@telia.com

LOTTA LEPISTÖ
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Umeå County Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops.
Language: Swedish.


Website: svenskakyrkan.se/umea
Email: lotta.lepisto@svenskakyrkan.se

NADIA LINDÉN
Gävle, Sweden

Profession: Addiction therapist, ART instructor, coach and counselor.
Language: Swedish.


Email: nadialinden@hotmail.com

KAROLINA LINDGREN
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Coach, PT, dietician.
Workplace: Sävar-Holmön Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a dietitian, PT, gestalt coach, artist and author. I’ve published the four books ‘Vintersnö viskar om livet genom fyra årstider – Sommar, Höst, Vinter och Vår’, combining nature photography with writing. My whole professional life I’ve worked to enhance people’s health. In Sävar-Holmön Parish, I work with a project called S:t Mary and am responsible for the health element, called The Fifth Day, which stands for activity in rest. Key words in this element are experience-based, awareness and presence; and recreation through movement and relaxation.

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/savar-holmon
Email: info@karolinalindgren.se

TOVE LINDSTAM
Malmö, Sweden

Email: tovelinds@gmail.com

ÅSA LINDSTRÖM ÖBERG
Skellefteå, Sweden

Profession: Teacher in creative writing and storytelling.
Workplace: Ravelbit AB.
Services: Courses and workshops, both IRL and online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Storytelling and writing makes me feel understood. It is liberating to share your story, and to do so without being interrupted or questioned. It helps me heal, and gives me the power to move on. Now I want to give others the possibility to experience the same thing.”

Website: www.ravelbit.se
Email: aasa@ravelbit.se

STINA LODÉN
Lund, Sweden

Profession: Editor and writer.
Workplace: Braun & Lodén AB.
Services: Workshops, courses, guidance, text response.
Language: Swedish, English.

Website: www.stinaloden.se
Email: stina@braunloden.se

ANNA MARKLUND
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Course leader.
Workplace: NBV Norr.
Services: Courses, workshops.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I work at the adult educational association, NBV Norr. I regularly hold workshops and educational circles, that are announced on Facebook: NBV Norr. Send me an email if you are interested in participating and I will get back to you when the next course is coming up.”

Website: nbv.se/avdelningar/norr/write-your-self
Email: anna.marklund@nbv.se

MINNA MIETTINEN
Haparanda, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Haparanda Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish, Finnish.

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/haparanda
Email: minna.miettinen@svenskakyrkan.se

LINDA OLOFSSON
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Project leader.
Work place: The Diocese of Stockholm, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops.
Language: Swedish, English.

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/stockholmsstift
Email: linda.olofsson@svenskakyrkan.se

CHRISTINE OLSÉN
Östersund & Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Yoga teacher, massage therapist, doula.
Workplace: Moemo Wellness.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I’m a yoga teacher, massage therapist, doula and childbirth educator. Since 2007 I run my own company, Moemo Wellness, with the aim to inspire people to live a luscious and sustainable life.

Throughout my life, writing has been a way for me to grow and evolve. When I attended a Write Your Self-course, I also found writing as an amazing tool for healing and empowerment. I feel very honored and happy to now be able to offer writing guidance in the form of courses, workshops and individual tutoring, as a complement to my other services.

I feel extra called to help women who long to get in touch with their inherent power and find their way back to their rhythms, especially pregnant women, new mothers and young girls.”

Website: www.moemo.se
Email: christine@moemo.se

YLVA MARIA PAVVAL
Jokkmokk, Sweden

Profession: Yoga teacher, massage therapist, MMA-trainer, project leader.
Workplace: Niejda, Jåhkåmåhke Yoga.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring, text response, also online.
Language: Swedish, Sámi, English.

“I combine my roles as a massage therapist, yoga teacher and MMA trainer, with hosting writing groups online, and also holding workshops in the region of Northern Sweden. All this work aims at creating space for people to be themselves, to ground and grow in a safe environment.”

Website: ylvapavval.comchicksinsapmi.com
Email: hej@ylvapavval.com

MARIA PIEMA
Lund, Sweden

Profession: Authorized social worker, Certified Kundalini Yoga- and meditation teacher, Certified Let Your Yoga Dance teacher.
Workplace: Socionomtjänst Skåne AB, Yoga & Kreativ Design Skåne AB.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring, text response, one-to-one and online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“As a social worker I have worked for many years with people who have experienced trauma in their lives. I have seen people get through difficulties with the help of dialogue, motivational work and active listening. By offering additional tools to help people find their inner strength and their own expression in processing trauma and moving forward in life, I can reach even more people. I’ve already seen the power of yoga, meditation and dance, and I have personal experience from healing through writing – writing has always been a big part of my life. The goal of my work is to give people the opportunity to find their power, their creativity, and the courage to follow their heart and to heal.”

Website: socionomtjanstskane.se, yogaodesign.se
Email: maria@yogaodesign.se

KAARINA RAUHALA
Haparanda, Sweden

Profession: Priest, project leader.
Workplace: Haparanda Parish, Church of Sweden.
Language: Swedish, Finnish, English.

Website: svenskakyrkan.se/haparanda
Email: kaarina.rauhala@svenskakyrkan.se

EVA SALQVIST
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Author, play therapist and grief group leader.
Workplace: The University Hospital of Umeå.

Services: Distance guidance for individuals, weekend courses, text response.
Language: Swedish, English.

“When recovering from exhaustion and depression in 2006, I took to writing to find my way out and discover what I really wanted to do with my life. I attended a writing education called “Write for your life” at Medlefors Folk High School with focus on autobiographical writing. Exploring yourself, your experiences and finding the words to describe your emotions is the fastest way to find your voice as an author. Since then I have published several books, mostly for children and young people.

I also work at the University Hospital of Umeå as a play therapist and grief group leader. There we use a pedagogical method not so different from the Write Your Self methodology, to approach what’s difficult. Using your own words to describe your experiences has a tremendous healing power, although it may initially feel difficult. Here you get the opportunity to do it at your own pace and choose your own topics.”

Website: salqvist.se
Email: evasalqvist@gmail.com

ANNA SUNDSTRÖM LINDMARK
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Writer, journalist, storyteller, co-founder Write Your Self.
Workplace: Anna Sundström Lindmark.

Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring, text response, lectures.
Language: Swedish.

“To express one’s full humanity and all the complex and contradictory feelings you are carrying – this I believe in. To be allowed to be whole and own the right to one’s own story. I know that writing can save lives – this is my driving force.”

Website: annasundstromlindmark.se
Email: hej@annasundstromlindmark.se

MEDINA TÖRRISSEN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Gardener of the soul.
Workplace: Medina coaching.
Services: Individual tutoring, healing writing, coaching.
Language: Swedish, English, Sign language (partly).

“I have worked with people my whole life, as a home care service provider, high school teacher and marriage registrar. I have explored different voices and stories, through acting, grief counselling and medial conversations.

The thing I love about guiding writers is how it allows you to meet a person – to hear, to experience a story. This meeting is shaped through every exercise, every word. With a transparency that is nothing but love in its purest form. It is very life-giving and powerful. I want to share this experience with others as a guide. A tool for meeting oneself in a caring and loving way – who doesn’t want that?”

Email: coachmia@gmail.com

KARIN VIGREN
Nordmaling, Sweden

Profession: Priest, author.
Workplace: Bygdeå Parish, Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses.
Language: Swedish.


Website: svenskakyrkan.se/bygdea
Email: Karin.Vigren@svenskakyrkan.se

CAROLINA WELIN
Stockholm/Leksand, Sweden

Profession: Psychosynthesis Therapist PSA, Counsellor, Author, Communicator.
Workplace: MOW HÄLSA in Stockholm, and Masesgården in Leksand.
Services: Courses, workshops and individual tutoring online.
Language: Swedish, English.

“When working with people in crisis I like to say that I keep my heart in my eyes and my eyes in my fingertips. I work with people who need help to find themselves, to find energy in both body and soul, or to find their spark again when they “have it all” and still don’t feel well. A lot of us need help moving forward in spite of circumstances. For someone to meet you where you are can make all the difference. Healing grows from the therapeutic relationship.

I have developed a healing recovery program, Mitt-i-Livet® (In-the-Midst-of-Life), which helps people find energy in body and soul. I run this program in collaboration with Hälsohemmet Masesgården in Leksand, Sweden. The concept came to me during my own healing process. Writing has always been my outlet – I write books, and I love to offer clients writing therapy online. You are welcome to contact me if you want to know more.”

Website: www.mow.se
Email: carolina.welin@mow.se

SUSANNE WIDSELL
Västerås, Sweden

Profession: Gestalt therapist, coach, informator.
Work place: Glimra coaching, Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan Västmanland.

Services: Courses, individual tutoring, gestalt therapy, coaching for individuals and groups.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a communicator, coach and gestalt therapist, with a strong interest in the healing capacity of words. To be given the opportunity to verbalise the true story of oneself, is to create an updated version of oneself, and by this, enabling a new self-image. An image more aligned with reality than that story which is told by others, which to a great extent directs our actions. We can show up as the person we really are. And, to be allowed to put the past into words, and perhaps also things that have been necessary to keep secret, can have a healing effect, as well as increasing our understanding of our past and clarifying what we need going forward, to deal with life at the best of our abilities.”

Website: glimracoaching.se
Email: susanne.widsell@hotmail.com 

ANNIKA WIGÖ
Gävle, Sweden

Profession: Journalist, informator.
Services: Courses, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a trained informator and have studied creative writing at Västerbergs folkhögskola. Over the years, I have held writing courses for different target groups, and seen what power lies in – under careful guidance – finding one’s own voice and learning to express what lies beneath the surface. It’s almost magical. Now, I invite you who also want to find empowerment through writing.”

Website: annikawigo.se
Email: annika@annikawigo.se

ANNIKA ÅSTRÖM
Umeå, Sverige

Profession: Writer.

Email: kloksomenbok@hotmail.com

CANADA

STACEY HARE HODGINS
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Profession: Counsellor, facilitator, community-engaged arts organizer.
Workplace: Private Practice.
Services: Individual, Small Group, Consultation.
Language: English.

“I’m a facilitator, writer, maker, and advocate based in Northwestern Ontario on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg and the Métis, specifically Fort William First Nation. I hold degrees in Sociology/Women’s Studies and Social Work, work as a freelance community-engaged arts organizer, and have a small private practice guiding trauma-sensitive writing for self-exploration and healing. Drawing from narrative and response-based therapeutic approaches, my professional practice is strengths-based and dedicated to fostering self-awareness, resiliency, agency, and healing through creative expression.

I’m drawn to places where art and social justice come together, where self-expression makes the hidden visible and transforms our lived experiences. Some of my most meaningful work has involved creating and facilitating arts programs for survivors of gender-based violence and for under-represented youth coping with anxiety. I’m also a critical thinker and daydreamer who uses writing to better understand myself and my world. As a facilitator and writing guide, I offer a safe and structured space to help others write their stories on their own terms. I know firsthand that by connecting us with ourselves (and each other), writing can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing. Our stories matter, and they hold what matters most to us.”

Email: sharehodgins@gmail.com
Website: www.momentsthatmade.me

BRENDA LEE WRIGHT
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Profession: Counselling Therapist and Adult Educator.
Workplace: Private practice.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring.
Language: English.

“I have a Masters of Education degree in Adult Education and a Masters of Education degree is Counselling. In my private practice as a Licensed Counselling Therapist, I work mainly with women who have experienced sexual trauma and their families. In addition to incorporating some of this work with women who have experienced trauma, I will be offering workshops/sessions for counsellors  and other helping professionals as a vehicle for self-care. Journal writing and exploring personal narrative have always been passions of mine. I hope to serve as a Write Your Self Guide for anyone who is interested in exploring their story as a way to enhance and deepen their sense of self-worth and belonging. I value writing as transformative tool for personal growth, personal development and personal empowerment. As Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’, author of ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’, says ‘Story is Medicine’.”

Email: brenda.wrightccc@gmail.com

REESEE/JUNGLE FLOWER
Toronto, Canada

Profession: Warrior Poet and Workshop Facilitator.
Workplace: Reclaim Your Voice.
Services: Workshops.
Language: English.

“In 2011 I had a spiritual awakening and came to believe that the only reason I experienced and escaped psychological abuse was to help support others with similar experiences. Fuelled by this purpose, I faced my greatest fear — public speaking — and began to host events where people who have been abused could share their stories. I founded Reclaim Your Voice in 2012 in the name of peace and healing for all and since then have hosted over 50 events and workshops of this nature. In doing this work, I have learned how important it is for survivors to be surrounded by a loving community. It is my joy and purpose to support others in this way, through spoken word performances, live speaking, writing workshops, storytelling and events for people who have experienced abuse.”

Email: info@reclaimyourvoice.org
Website: www.ReclaimYourVoice.org

UNITED STATES

DANIELE EVANS
Central Pennsylvania, United States

Profession: Spiritual Director, Writer.
Services: Workshops, individual tutoring, online and in person.
Language: English.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness… ~ Henri Nouwen

“I offer services of COMPASSION. Safe, sacred and still space : spiritual companionship : guidance in writing your story and telling your truth : opportunity to explore who you are, and who you desire to become. One-on-one soul care sessions, support for each Enneagram type’s soul care needs, writing workshops for grief & suffering support (online and in person).”

Email: support@danieleevans.org
Website: www.danieleevans.org

AUSTRALIA

SUSANNE OLIVER ARMSTRONG
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Profession: Creative Writer, counsellor, adult educator, researcher.
Workplace: Private practice.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual tutoring.
Language: English.

“During my life I have had vast experience working alongside people suffering from the impact of trauma; as grief counsellor, a nurse, an adult educator, and when working for women traumatised by sexual abuse and domestic violence in a women’s centre. I also have my own lived experience of emotional distress as a survivor of trauma and find creative resources, such as writing and art, liberate me from a place of emotional distress to generate healing and resolution. My recently submitted Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) thesis explores the intergenerational transference of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the need to express our silenced voices through the methods of creative writing and art.”

Email: susanne@armstrongstraining.com
Facebook: facebook.com/oceancounselling

PAKISTAN

M. FAISAL AMIR MALIK
Pakistan

Profession: Psychiatry researcher.
Email: stanislem3@gmail.com