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Find a Write Your Self Guide

This is our directory of certified Write Your Self Guides. Many of them offer courses and workshops as well as individual guidance and text 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.

Australia

SUSANNE OLIVER ARMSTRONG
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Profession: Writer, counsellor, adult educator, researcher.
Workplace: Private practice.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
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

Norway

LILL-KARIN ELVESTAD
Balsfjord, Norway

Profession: Journalist, author.
Workplace: Ord i Landskap.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Norwegian.

“I know by experience that writing can free us from powerlessness, anxiety and worry. I know that when you find your story, and gently begin to walk the path right for you, you will experience deep and positive change. Writing has been my anchor and way of life – in my work as a journalist and author, but also in my personal life. I have written my way through divorce and serious illness, and I have emerged as the person I deeply want to be. I have taught therapeutic writing since 2017, and through the Write Your Self certification I have gained more tools to guide you in a safe and healing way. You are most welcome to contact me. You can find more information about upcoming courses on my website.”

Email: lill.elv@online.no
Website: lillkarinelvestad.no

Pakistan

FAISAL AMIR MALIK
Pakistan

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

Canada

STACEY HARE HODGINS
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Profession: Counsellor, facilitator, community-engaged arts organizer.
Workplace: Private practice.
Services: Workshops, individual guidance.
Language: English.

“I’m a registered social worker, facilitator, writer, maker, and advocate. I work as a freelance community arts organizer and have a private counselling practice guiding therapeutic writing.

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 know firsthand that by (re)connecting us with ourselves (and each other), writing can be a powerful tool for personal growth and healing. In my private practice, I draw on narrative, mindfulness, and response-based therapies to help others use writing to reclaim their strengths, develop their coping skills, and tell their stories on their own terms.“

Email: sharehodgins@gmail.com
Website: making-meaning.ca

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: ReclaimYourVoice.org

South Africa

JULIA CASCIOLA
Cape Town, South Africa

Profession: English language editor, spiritual companion.
Services: Workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.

“Voicelessness has been a theme through my life. Over the years I have heard many women express the same. I offer an experience of writing as prayer, writing with Nature in a ‘via feminina’ or feminine way of love and safety.

My mouth has been sealed for so long. Now the words rise like the wind, the prophetess, the clouds and grasses blowing across the veld. My mouth is melted, parted, receiving words like manna, like lightning, like the scent of spikenard at the resurrection.

Email: jem@mweb.co.za
Website: juliacasciola.com

Sweden

BRITTA ABOTSI
Malmö, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Fosie Church, the Church of Sweden Malmö.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

”Through Write Your Self and writing, I want to give people a tool to approach difficult life situations, and to discover new things in themselves and their lives. Tools that can support them, and that they can use going forward.”

Email: britta.abotsi@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: svenskakyrkanmalmo.se

LOUISE ALVARSSON
Värmland, Sweden

Profession: Author, writing teacher.
Workplace: Self-employed.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, and text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

”I write and offer writing tutoring. I am author of the book Skriv bara skriv, and hold courses in creative and healing writing. I believe strongly in writing as a healing power. I also offer individual guidance and text feedback. We can meet online, via Zoom or Skype, or meet in person if possible. The same goes for courses and workshops – they are offered online and in person. Do you want to begin to write, or do you want to develop and deepen your writing practice? Do you want to get to know yourself on a deeper level through writing? I offer customised guidance based on where you are at. We all have something to tell.”

Email: la@louisealvarsson.se
Website: louisealvarsson.se

CAROLA BACKLUND
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Farsta Parish.
Services: Courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I have extensive experience in individual counselling and in leading groups. I offer support groups for people who have lost a loved one. I also have extensive personal experience from the 12-Step movement.”

Email: carola.backlund@svenskakyrkan.se

VESNA BADER-AUGUSTIN
Halmstad, Sweden

Profession: Life coach, nature therapist, reiki master.
Services: Courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian.

Email: vebe_57@hotmail.com

INGER BERG
Enskededalen, Sweden

Profession: Teacher of Swedish and drama, publisher’s reader, writer.
Workplace: Sofia skola.
Services: Workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Life took an abrupt turn for me at a certain point. My only way through the grief and pain was writing; I wrote to find understanding. I wanted to be active in my grief. I got the opportunity to share my story on radio and television, and the feeling of being listened to was invaluable. When I came in contact with Write Your Self everything fell into place. Here I found a methodology and research that proves writing is a path to self-empowerment and healing. All that I’ve experienced, I 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.”

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

SUSANNE BOHLIN
Stockholm, Sweden

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

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

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

LOTTA BRATTBERG
Sollentuna, Sweden

Profession: Strategic municipal worker focused on health and domestic violence.
Language: Swedish, English, Italian.

Email: cbra43@gmail.com

LENA BURMAN HOLMGREN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon, psychotherapist.
Workplace: Stockholm Diocese, AB Bergsgatan.
Services: Individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

Email: lbh.contegro@gmail.com

CAROLINE CASCO
Gothenburg, Sweden

Profession: Social worker with foundational psychodynamic therapy training.
Workplace: Fässbergs Parish, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

“Have you experienced some kind of trauma, or do you feel the need to process something? To write and reflect together in a safe space is one way to heal and grow. I have extensive experience working with women who have been subjected to violence, trafficking, self-harm and other difficulties. To write and talk heals. Together we can explore your path going forward, at your own pace.”

Email: caroline.casco@svenskakyrkan.se

LENA DENKE
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Occupational therapist, hospital deacon.
Workplace: Karolinska University Hospital Solna, The Hospital Church.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

“Before I became a deacon, I worked as an occupational therapist for many years. I offer support in times of crisis and grief, as well as spiritual counselling and help with existential issues. I also function as a spiritual guide in the Christian Ignatian tradition, and lead retreats. To write, reflect, and be in silence regularly is important to me. I offer writing courses, workshops, individual guidance and text feedback.”

Email: lena.denke@sll.se

SUSANNE FORSSTRÖM FÄLDT
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Priest.
Workplace: Tyresö Parish, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I offer writing guidance and spiritual guidance for groups and individuals.”

Email: susanne.forsstrom.faldt@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: tyresoforsamling.se

LOTTA GEISLER
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon, art therapist, symbol drama therapist, bibliodrama educator.

Email: lotta.geisler@gmail.com
Website: lottageisler.vpsite.se

ELISABET GREEK
Hudiksvall, Sweden

Profession: Journalist, speaker och author.
Workplace: Ljusdals-Posten and Elisabet Greek.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

”When I was four years old, I sat on my mother’s lap while she taught me how to read. When I was five, she taught me how to write as well. As an adult with a degree in literature, I felt lost, not knowing whether I wanted to work with words or with people – until I realised that as a journalist, I could do both. Now, I am here as a guide for those who want to write. Welcome – together we will explore your story and truth, just as you want to tell it.”

Email: info@elisabetgreek.se
Website: elisabetgreek.se

SARA GREN
Malmö, Sweden

Profession: Social worker and counsellor.
Workplace: Self-employed.
Services: Individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Writing has always helped me anchor into everyday life. Now I’m offering guidance for those who want to explore healing writing after trauma and other difficulties. In my capacity as a counsellor I also offer supportive dialogue with your writing process. You can choose if you want completely web-based guidance or if you want regular physical meetings. 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, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops.
Language: Swedish.

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

DANIEL HAFNER
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Priest, author.
Workplace: Huddinge Parish.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, German, English.

“When I was 17, I left my home in Germany and arrived in Sweden with the dream of becoming a professional hockey player. This did not materialise, but I stayed on in the country and became a priest in the Church of Sweden – also a dream. I do a lot of counselling, and have also written a book and trained in several therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, schema therapy, and stand up. Apart from licorice, Barack Obama and wood-burning stoves, I love stories most of all.”

Email: Daniel.hafner@svenskakyrkan.se

JOHANNA HILDEBRAND
Gothenburg, Sweden

Profession: Author, speaker, librarian, teacher.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

‘My bare feet against the ground. On their way. Small steps. Where I want to go.’*

“To guide others, through creativity and writing, is my role as a writing teacher. I offer courses based on Write Your Self’s gentle methodology. I also hold lectures on my own writing process, which led to the book Kärlek-Rädsla 1-0 (Recito 2017).”

*from Kärlek-Rädsla 1-0 by J. Hildebrand

Email: johannahildebrand.forfattare@gmail.com

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 guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I’m a journalist and writing teacher, specialised in therapeutic writing. My own journey brought me here. Guiding others to process and birth their life stories has become my life’s mission. I help people 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, and for them to discover that it’s possible to move on and find new meaning and goals through writing.”

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

JESSICA HJERT FLOD
Vänersborg, Sweden

Profession: Criminologist, social scientist.
Workplace: Nestor förlag.
Services: Courses, workshops, invididual guidance, text feedback.
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.”

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

ELISABETH HJERTMAN PÅÅG
Sundbyberg, Sweden

Profession: Teacher, parish educator.
Workplace: The Church of Sweden Sundbyberg.
Language: Swedish, English.

Email: elisabeth.hjertman.paag@svenskakyrkan.se

ANITA IFRIG
Skellefteå, Sweden

Profession: Yoga teacher, coach.
Workplace: Smashing Guru, Maskinentreprenörerna.
Services: Individual guidance.
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 will find the best solution, based on your wants and needs.”

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

STINA INGA
Luleå, Sweden

Profession: Sámi author and nurse.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: North Sámi, Swedish.

“Writing has long been my safety valve and lifeline, helping me through difficult times. As well as writing professionally and academically, I have also written letters and diaries that have turned into collections of poems, published in Sámi and Swedish. Having experienced the benefits of writing myself, I want to help others find the courage to write and have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Writing is a tool for us to process difficult life events and dare to live again.”

Email: stinainga@hotmail.se

JULIA ISOMETTÄ
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon and social worker.
Workplace: Farsta Parish.
Services: Individual guidance, text feedback.
Languages: Swedish, English.

“In addition to my professional experience, I have also gained valuable insight from being in groups that are undemocratic, closed, controlling and manipulative. Many people carry painful memories from being in such groups, sometimes for years, and don’t know what to do to release the hurt. I can be of help in processing these experiences. I have also worked for many years with people grieving the loss of loved ones.”

Email: julia.isometta@svenskakyrkan.se

ÅSA JANSDOTTER
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Diakon.
Workplace: Enskede Årsta Parish.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

“I am a deacon, physiotherapist and counsellor. Body and mind are connected – a cliché, but a true one. Bodies remember in their own way. I believe that writing can serve as a key, allowing the body to talk about what the mind has suppressed. I have experienced exhaustion and eating disorders, and know that writing can offer healing.”

Email: asa.jansdotter@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: svenskakyrkan.se/enskede-arsta

LINN JANSSON
Sollentuna, Sweden

Email: janssonlinn2@gmail.com

ANNA JOHANSSON BLOMBERG
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Priest.
Workplace: Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

“By telling our stories and feeling our buried emotions, I believe we all have the opportunity to heal our wounds and become the best version of ourselves.”

Email: anna.johansson.blomberg@svenskakyrkan.se

HANNA JOHNSELIUS
Kalix, Sweden

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

“I am a priest, author, and owner of September förlag, a publishing company. My interests are my family, skiing and writing.”

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

JOHANNA KANON
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Social worker.
Workplace: Umeå Center Against Violence, Umeå municipality.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

“I’m a social worker, working in the field of domestic violence. In the past I worked at a women’s shelter; I now work at the Umeå Center Against Violence. My main task is supporting young adults who are (or who have been) subjected to domestic violence. Daily, I meet people who have experienced violence and trauma; through 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. For example, writing can help to shift us from an object to a subject perspective. Writing can also help us 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, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops.
Language: Swedish.

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

NADIA LINDÉN
Gävle, Sweden

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

Email: nadialinden@hotmail.com

KAROLINA LINDGREN
Umeå, Sweden

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

“I’m a dietitian, gestalt coach, artist and author. I’ve published four books, combining nature photography and writing. Throughout my professional life I’ve worked to enhance people’s health. In Sävar-Holmön Parish, I work on 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 for this element are experience-based, awareness and presence; and recreation through movement and relaxation.”

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

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, workshops.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Storytelling and writing make me feel understood. It has been liberating to share my story, and to do so without being interrupted or questioned. It has helped me heal, and given me the power to move on. Now I want to give others the possibility to experience the same thing.”

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

STINA LODÉN
Lund, Sweden

Profession: Editor, writer, writing teacher.
Workplace: Braun & Lodén AB.
Services: Workshops, courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

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

KARIN LÖFGREN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Västermalms Parish, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I have always written. My entire professional life as a deacon, I have worked with narrative healing. To tell one’s story in its entirety, is healing. To listen to the stories of others has the same effect. We become aware of our own life when witnessing another’s story. Over the years I have met hundreds of confidants: people struggling with illness, death, grief, relationship losses, experiences of violence, trauma, PTSD, and self-harming behaviour; also people in pain emotionally and physically who are unaware of why they are suffering, and who want to find out.”

Email: karin.t.lofgren@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: vastermalmsforsamling.se

ANNA MARKLUND
Umeå, Sweden

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

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

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

MINNA MIETTINEN
Haparanda, Sweden

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

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

LINNÉA MITCHELL
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Yoga teacher for mums, Holistic Core Restore® Coach and Voiceover.
Workplace: Self-employed.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Through yoga and writing, I help women to ground in their bodies, own their stories, and reclaim their freedom of choice. Today, becoming a mother is often associated with fear, stress, and unreasonable external demands. The lives of many women I meet have been affected by pregnancy or birth-related experiences. These stories need to be told! When we find our voices, it has a tremendous positive impact on our children and families, and even on society as a whole. It doesn’t matter what your experience is – if you have something you long to express but don’t know how, I welcome you to try the tool of writing.”

Email: hej@linneamitchell.se
Website: linneamitchell.se

RITVA N. OLSSON
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Hospital priest, counsellor, art therapist.
Workplace: The Hospital Church at Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Solna Parish.
Services: Courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Langugage: Swedish, Finnish.

Email: ritva.nevalainen-olsson@sll.se, ritva.n.olsson@svenskakyrkan.se

ELLA-MARIA NUTTI
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Student.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English, Northern Sami.

“I am a Sápmi guide, trained through the Bálges project. I want to guide Sápmi people, but also other national minorities and indigenous people in other countries. I think our experiences as indigenous people/minorities can be traumatic in themselves. I believe in the power of writing to sort through thoughts and learn how to be one’s own champion. My investment in healing writing may have been the best investment I’ve ever made. You always have permission to write.”

Email: ellamarianutti@gmail.com

LINDA OLOFSSON
Stockholm, Sweden

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

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

CHRISTINE OLSÉN
Östersund & Stockholm, Sweden

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

“I’m a yoga teacher, massage therapist, doula and childbirth educator. Since 2007 I have run my own company, Moemo Wellness, which aims to inspire people to live luscious and sustainable lives.

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

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

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

MINNA PAANANEN
Kalix, Sweden

Profession: Author, teacher of creative writing and the use of healing herbs.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

”I have used my own writing as a tool to help others through grief and trauma. There is so much to tell and every story is unique. What is also unique about this work is that you choose how much you want to share.”

Email: idaminna76@gmail.com

YLVA MARIA PAVVAL
Jokkmokk, Sweden

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

“I combine my roles as a massage therapist, yoga teacher and mixed martial arts trainer, with hosting online writing groups, and also holding workshops in Northern Sweden. All my work aims to create space for people to be themselves, to ground and grow in a safe environment.”

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

THERESE PERSMARKEN
Stehag, Sweden

Workplace: Hälsoboden Naturligtvis.
Services: Individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

Email: hbnaturligtvis@gmail.com

MARIA PIEMA
Lund, Sweden

Profession: Social worker, yoga- and meditation teacher, dance teacher.
Workplace: Socionomtjänst Skåne AB, Yoga & Kreativ Design Skåne AB.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
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. Through offering additional tools, I am able to support more people. I’ve already seen the power of yoga, meditation and dance, and I have personal experience with 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 and creativity, and the courage to follow their hearts and heal.”

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

KAARINA RAUHALA
Haparanda, Sweden

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

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

ANNA ROSENGREN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Priest; sustainability, ethics and well-being consultant.
Workplace: Täby Parish.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

“I help you (and me) and us together to write a new and healing story. Who do we want to be now? How can we lead a good life? How can we, together and individually, verbalise a new story about what it is like to be a human and someone living on this Earth?”

Email: anna.rosengren@svenskakyrkan.se, anna@etikiarbetslivet.se
Website: svenskakyrkan.se/taby, etikiarbetslivet.se

GIT ROSENQVIST
Hässleholm, Sweden

Workplace: Naturtanken.
Services: Workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English.

”With a bouquet of life’s flowers and thorns in my backpack, I meet you where you are. Life challenges us and sometimes we need help to interpret and deal with these challenges. Based on naturopathic philosophy, empathy, respect, and a genuine will to uncover possibilities, I customise courses, workshops, and guidance for you and your need for support. Using tools from Write Your Self, naturopathy, and meetings in nature, we explore possibilities for healing and development.”

Email: naturtanken@live.se
Website: naturtanken.se

MARIA SABER
Helsingborg, Sweden

Profession: Treatment assistant at a women’s shelter, occupational therapist, yoga teacher, health coach, theatre educator, masseur.
Services: Individual guidance.

Email: annamariasaber@gmail.com

EVA SALQVIST
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Author, play therapist and grief group leader.
Workplace: The University Hospital of Umeå.
Services: Courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“When recovering from exhaustion and depression in 2006, I turned to writing to find my way forward and discover what I really wanted to do with my life. I attended a writing course, “Write for your life”, at Medlefors Folk High School, with a focus on autobiographical writing. The fastest way to find your voice as an author is to explore yourself and your experiences, and to find words to describe your emotions. 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 similar to the Write Your Self methodology to approach what’s difficult. Using your own words to describe your experiences has tremendous healing power, although it may initially feel difficult. Working together with me you get to write at your own pace, and choose your own topics.”

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

ELLEN SCHELIN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Priest.
Workplace: Tyresö Parish, Stockholm Diocese.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

“In the Christian tradition we use stories in the Bible to interpret our lives. Through Write Your Self, we can write our stories and deepen our self-connection. In my work I meet people when their lives are in upheaval, but also when things are calm and they long for depth and meaning. One way to move through this can be to write one’s life story, in a group setting or via individual writing support.”

Email: ellen.schelin@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: tyresoforsamling.se

AGNES SCOTT
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Skarpnäcks Parish, the Church of Sweden.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish, English.

“Our experiences impact us, and it can be important to express them in words. In telling our stories we claim ownership of our lives. We are holding the pen, and we decide what is written. Through writing, we claim power over what parts of our stories we share and how we share, and whatever else we choose to do with our stories. I offer writing guidance for those who want to explore healing writing after difficulties or trauma, and for those who want to self-reflect. Through Write Your Self and writing, I provide tools to approach difficulties and open up to new ways of seeing one’s life. As a deacon I also offer counselling. You can choose between meeting online, via email, or in person. You are most welcome to get in touch.”

Email: Agnes.scott@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: svenskakyrkan.se/skarpnack

VERONIKA SKÄRLUND
Nyköping/Gnesta, Sweden

Profession: Journalist, Rosen Method therapist.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

”Have you ever felt that you don’t have enough energy? Many of us feel like this or have been there. I have also been through a long period of exhaustion, and for me, writing was essential during that time. Today I use the Write Your Self methodology to gather women with similar experiences, and to offer guidance through a writing process that will help you restore both your energy and your confidence.”

Email: info@VeroUnika.se
Website: verounika.se

IDA SUNDÉN
Östergötland, Sweden

Profession: Social worker, journalist and author.
Workplace: Self-employed and counsellor.
Services: Courses, individual guidance, text feedback.
Language: Swedish.

“Our lives are full of stories, although we sometime need support in accessing them. Writing helps us find our way back to our words and stories, and helps us see ourselves more clearly. I have always written, and I know how powerful it can be to give oneself time and space to write. I offer individual guidance and text feedback, and customise my guidance based on what my writers need.”

Email: info@idasunden.com
Website: idasunden.com

CHRISTINA SUNDSTRÖM ENGELHART
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Interreligious educator.
Workplace: Nacka Parish, Fisksätra Church.
Services: Courses.
Language: Swedish, German, English, French, Arabic.

“I like meeting people from different cultures. Travelling the world has taught me to stay open to things not always turning out as expected, and to be humble and meet people where they are. Would you like to join me on an exciting journey? In the safety of a small group, I will lead you through writing processes to help you find your own voice. You choose what to write about. Perhaps you have difficult experiences you want to process, or you want time for yourself to enjoy the flow of writing. Then this course is for you.”

Email: tina.sundstrom@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: svenskakyrkan.se/nacka

ANNA SUNDSTRÖM LINDMARK
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Writer, journalist, storyteller.
Workplace: Anna Sundström Lindmark.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance, text feedback.
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 is foundational. I know that writing can save lives – this is my driving force.”

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

MEDINA TÖRRISSEN
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Gardener of the soul.
Workplace: Medina coaching.
Services: Individual guidance.
Language: Swedish, English, Sign language.

“I have worked with people my whole life, as a homecare 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 and experience a story. This meeting is shaped through every exercise and word, and the transparency 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. Having a tool for meeting oneself in a caring and loving way – who doesn’t want that?”

Email: coachmia@gmail.com

CAMILLA VALLHAGEN
Falun, Sweden

Profession: Priest, psychotherapist, mindfulness instructor.
Workplace: Sundborn Parish.
Services: Courses, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

Email: camilla.vallhagen@svenskakyrkan.se

KARIN VIGREN
Nordmaling, Sweden

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

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

LINDA WAHLUND
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Social worker, trained in psychotherapy and bibliotherapy. Author and writing instructor.
Workplace: Self-employed and counselor at Österåker municipality.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
Language: Swedish.

”As a therapist, I have sought the correlation between talking, stories, reading, and writing, and I have found it in bibliotherapy and Write Your Self. A way where creative writing and the exploration of one’s story about oneself, lead forward. We all go through crises and some of us carry traumas, where we get stuck or repeat patterns that we want to break. Where we need to find words to describe what we have been through, and where fragments and memories do not always form a coherent story. Through creative writing, we can find words and ownership of our stories. We can write the beginning, middle and end, and describe both difficulties and the worst that has happened, but also our longings and wishes. We can reclaim our lives – you can reclaim your life.”

Email: kontakt@delandesamtal.se
Website: delandesamtal.se

CAROLINA WELIN
Stockholm/Leksand, Sweden

Profession: Psychosynthesis therapist, counsellor, author, communicator.
Workplace: MOW HÄLSA in Stockholm, Masesgården in Leksand.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.
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 finding themselves, finding energy in body and soul, or finding their spark again when they “have it all” and still don’t feel well. A lot of us need help moving forward regardless 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 programme, Mitt-i-Livet® (In-the-Midst-of-Life), which helps people find energy in body and soul. I run this programme 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.”

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

CARINA WESTERBERG
Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: KAM.
Workplace: Monster WoldWide Scandinavia, volunteer at Sundbyberg parish.
Language: Swedish, English.

Email: westerberg.carina@hotmail.com

ULLAKARIN WESTLIN
Åkersberga, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: The Church of Sweden Österåker.

Email: ullakarin.westlin@svenskakyrkan.se

SUSANNE WIDSELL
Västerås, Sweden

Profession: Gestalt therapist, coach, informator.
Work place: Glimra coaching, Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan Västmanland.
Services: Courses, individual guidance.
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 one’s true story is to create an updated version of oneself, thus enabling a new self-image. An image more aligned with reality than the story told by others, which to a great extent directs our actions. We can show up as the person we really are. To be allowed to put the past into words, and perhaps also things that had to be kept secret, can have a healing effect; it can also increase our understanding of our past and clarify what we need going forward so that we can  respond to life to the best of our abilities.”

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

ANNIKA WIGÖ
Gävle, Sweden

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

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

Email: annika.wigo@hotmail.se

ANNIKA ÅSTRÖM
Umeå, Sweden

Profession: Writer.

Email: kloksomenbok@hotmail.com

EBBA ÄLVERBRANDT
Malmö, Sweden

Profession: Deacon.
Workplace: Fosie Church, the Church of Sweden Malmö.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.

“We use Write Your Self as a healing tool, with individuals and groups in our pastoral care.”

Email: Ebba.alverbrandt@svenskakyrkan.se
Website: svenskakyrkanmalmo.se

United Kingdom

KATIE WATSON
Manchester & Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Psychotherapist, tutor, writer.
Services: Courses, workshops, individual guidance.

Email: katiefionaalison@gmail.com

United States

DANIELE EVANS
Central Pennsylvania, United States

Profession: Spiritual director, writer.
Services: Workshops, individual guidance.
Language: English.

“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: danieleevans.org

WINNIE SO
United States

Profession: Writer and Chinese-to-English translator.
Workplace: Remote (mainly Europe) or at home.
Services: Individual guidance, text feedback.

“I guide people on their own path of transformation through journeys and words. I help people audit and align their assumptions, values, and beliefs according to their new reality after crisis or disruption, process emotions, reimagine life based on new understanding, clarify goals and actions through a process of exploration in the world, and introspective writing. I work with writers on an individual basis either remotely or in-person if we happen to be in the same place. I am a nomad who is mainly in Europe, but I also spend time in Asia (HK, Singapore) and the U.S. (NYC, Phoenix). I am also a writer and Chinese-to-English translator, and have experienced healing my own childhood trauma and relationships affected by that trauma.”

Email: winnie.so@1000faces.me
Website: www.1000faces.me