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: Project leader, asylum and integration. Coach.
Workplace: NBV Halland.
Services: Courses, individual tutoring.
Language: Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian.

Website: nbv.se/avdelningar/halland
Email: vesna.bader@nbv.se

INGER BERG
Enskededalen, Sweden

Profession: Teacher in Swedish and Drama, publisher’s reader, writer.
Workplace: Sofia skola.
Services: Workshops, individual tutoring, textresponse 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: poppins-socionomkonsult.se
Email: info@poppins-socionomkonsult.se

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

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

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

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

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 in different ways through dialogue, motivational work and active listening. By offering additional tools to help people find their inner strength and their own expression when processing traumas and moving on 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 offer people the possibility 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

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

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

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

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

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