Michelle Wirth Fellman

Writes Your Life

Certified Journal to the Self Facilitator, Expressive Writing Coach, Writer, & Therapist (MA, LPC)


Certified Instructor of Journal to the Self  personal growth workshops designed to show how keeping a journal can help people explore themselves and their relationships, tap into the writer within, learn life management skills, and problem-solve.














2020-2021 offerings designed to help people connect and better cope during the pandemic:

​​​​Expressive Writing Coach and Instructor for wellness, personal growth and creative expression, specializing in senior adults and women in Chicago's North Shore.

Writer who helps senior adults capture their life stories, and freelancer who has written for newspapers, business magazines and companies, as well as professional bios for individuals.


"Loved the journaling class! Michelle offers the PERFECT combination of individual time to reflect/write and share if you wish.  This is so much more than a series of prompts from which to journal.  The writing exercises were often surprisingly revealing to me." -Lisa M

"I have found this journaling class to be a great way to look at life in positive creative ways." -Vernelle P

“I loved this class! I had forgotten how therapeutic it is to sit down and write. Michelle made it very easy to get started. The exercises she introduced helped us organize our thoughts, and once we got going, it was hard to stop. It was the perfect balance between fun and self reflection. My favorite part was the letter writing. A lost art to be sure." -Kim D

"Many thanks to Michelle for being such a wonderful teacher." -Maureen V

Background on Michelle:

Michelle’s unique background provides her with the foundation to bridge her two passions—writing and helping people.

She earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University before working for more than a decade as a professional writer, reporting and writing for newspapers including the Daily Herald, American Marketing Association magazines, and businesses’ websites and other corporate communications.

After taking time off to focus on raising her three children, Michelle explored her desire to help others by returning to school to earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from National Louis University in 2015, and then a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from National Louis University in 2023.       

Michelle trained to become a certified instructor of Journal to the Self workshops in 2015, learning to teach journal writing techniques for personal growth, stress management and creative expression. 

A journaler for more than four decades, Michelle has used writing to help guide her through difficult life situations and document her life. She enjoys working with people of all ages, particularly women facing life transitions, and the Chicago-area seniors for whom she has co-led groups on life-story writing and co-coordinated pen pal programs with middle school and high school students.

In addition to teaching journaling workshops, Michelle works as a therapist at Inspire Counseling Center in Kenilworth, Ill., and Evanston, Ill. 

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