Journal Council Members

Emelie Hill

Emelie Hill Dittmer is a therapeutic writing educator, journalist, and author of the Swedish guidebook Skriv för att läka - En guide i reflekterande skrivande (Write to Heal - A Guide to Reflective Writing). She has many years of experience in guiding healing writing processes in England and Sweden, both with groups and through individual ... Read More >>

2024-01-18T10:37:46-08:00January 18th, 2024|

Kathleen Adams, LPC, PTR

Kathleen Adams, LPC, PTR is a psychotherapist best known for her pioneering work in bringing journal therapy to the expressive arts therapies pantheon. She created her first journal workshop, now known as Journal to the Self (then, Write On!), during the first semester of her graduate education. From that moment, she knew the intersection between ... Read More >>

2022-09-27T10:17:08-07:00September 27th, 2022|

Nicolle Nattrass

Nicolle Nattrass’s professional expertise is a result of her distinct and unique careers in Counselling, Theatre, Writing and Teaching. She is a Certified Addiction Counsellor CAC II and BFA graduate from University of Victoria in Theatre. Nicolle is proud to be part of the IAJW Journal Council with the International Association for Journaling Writing. She ... Read More >>

2020-11-05T16:59:44-08:00March 23rd, 2019|

Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella, MA and MEd, is an award-winning writing teacher and author from Chandler, Arizona. She has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of writing workshops to educators, clinicians, and writers. Her articles have appeared in The English Journal, The Arizona English Bulletin, Seventeen, Well Being Journal, The Mindful Word, and Psychology Today’s blog. ... Read More >>

2018-09-21T11:42:47-07:00September 21st, 2018|

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek, M.A., is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the founder of, an online community for writing and self-inquiry, as well as the author of eight books including How Emerson Can Change Your Life: Lessons From an American Stoic, ... Read More >>

2024-06-18T06:05:16-07:00May 12th, 2018|

Susan Borkin

Susan Borkin, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1978 she has specialized in the therapeutic use of journaling. A true pioneer, she was working in the field of writing therapy, before such a field even existed, and long before the word “journaling” became an internet buzzword. ... Read More >>

2022-11-21T15:35:52-08:00February 21st, 2018|

Leia Francisco

My love for journaling and expressive writing is entwined with my passion for helping people with transitions. After many years of writing and coaching, I completed applied poetry facilitation training in 2004 and received my certification in journal facilitation through The Therapeutic Writing Institute (founded by Kathleen Adams), where I was one of its first ... Read More >>

2018-06-01T16:03:06-07:00December 6th, 2017|

Jackee Holder

Jackee has been an advocate and champion of journal writing for over thirty years. From her early origins of journal writing as a young woman, her journal writing has developed into a practice that supports her emotional, creative and psychological well-being. Jackee incorporates writing for well-being in her personal life as well as in her ... Read More >>

2021-04-28T11:48:21-07:00December 4th, 2017|

John F. Evans, September 9th, 1947 – December 29th, 2022.

John Evans left this physical world on December 29th, 2022 after a long and courageous journey with cancer. He will be greatly missed in our journaling and expressive writing community. His legacy and work will live on through his books and teachings. John F. Evans, MAT, MA, Ed.D was a writing clinician and integrative health coach ... Read More >>

2023-01-02T17:39:40-08:00December 2nd, 2017|

Ruth Folit

Ruth Folit is the founder and former director of the International Association for Journal Writing ( where she brought together journal experts and journal writers from around the world to deepen, enliven, and enrich their lives through journaling. Ruth is also the designer and producer of LifeJournal software (, which she created in 1999 after ... Read More >>

2018-06-04T12:30:35-07:00November 22nd, 2017|


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