Guðbjörg Thoroddsen



Junior College Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik 1976

Acting Academy of Iceland 1981

Teachers credentials from University of Iceland 2003

Diploma for master degree in Positive Psychology, diagnosis Endurmenntun Háskóli Íslands, pharmacy 2015

How It All Began

During my studies at the Acting Academy and alongside my acting carrier I worked as a councilor at a government run juvenile facility. This lasted for about ten years. I also did a bit of teaching there. While I worked there I created a new experimental course in cooperation with Bryndís Guðmundsdottir, search from The Child Protection Agency, dealing with feelings and emotions often experienced in the teen years. Today a similarly based course called Life skills has become a part of every schools curriculum.

To this day I have been working in both these fields simultaneously. I do counseling and therapy with young people, families and individuals mostly through Miðgarð, a district social service office in Reykjavik.

I founded a special facility for adolescents 16 and older in cooperation with The Social Services Office in Reykjavik. At the time there were no other solutions available for this age group. Later I also participated in the founding of a half-way house for juveniles and adolescents through the Social Services Department.

I was employed as a child development specialist at several juvenile and adolescent facilities such as Unglingaheimili ríkisins, Tjaldanesheimilið, BUGL and Stuðlar, a treatment center for young substance abusers. In all these places the work involved intense teamwork between child development specialists, psychologists and teachers.

In addition to other therapeutic work at Stuðlar, I taught relaxation technique, emotional therapy and did individual counseling. I also gave drama workshops for therapeutic purposes at Stuðlar and Meðferðarheimilið Hvítárbakka.

I designed a workshop in public speaking emphasizing relaxation and self-empowerment for adults.

I have given innumerable workshops for children, teenagers and adults with the emphasis on relaxation technique. When I taught in a special education class, I was able to develop my technique for working with difficult emotions through relaxation further, both on an individual basis and in group settings. In this class there were many students who needed to enhance their self esteem. I also worked with children from the other classes in the school and in The Children's House associated with the project Children are People.

The Buoy works! but continues to develop.

During the school year 2001-2002 I worked full time teaching The Buoy, a self empowerment technique in five different schools. There were courses going on all the time. 380 children participated with results showing some great results. Simultaneously I was working with groups of children within the school on solutions to bullying using the methods from The Buoy.

Counseling is like teaching in many ways and in 2002-2003 I completed my teacher's training to get certification with my acting experience as the foundation. That winter The Buoy was in great demand and I gave several workshops as well as classroom work concerning bullying.

My final thesis from the teachers college program was about drama for therapeutic purposes. At the time I was not permitted to write it on The Buoy. But times change and today both BA and MA dissertations exist on The Buoy.

From 2003-2004 I worked in 5 elementary schools full time and 3 part time, giving courses using The Buoy.

From 2004-2005 I taught continuous courses in 3 of the elementary schools.

Courses for professionals to practice and teach The Buoy.

In the fall of 2003 I attended a lecture series at the Student- and Job Counseling Association.

At the meeting I gave a lecture about The Buoy. Several student counselors who were there approached me afterwards to learn more about the methods I was using in The Buoy. As a result I decided to offer a special training course for student councilors to introduce the ideas I base my teachings on and the techniques that I use. The first course was held in November 2003. Since then I have given many workshops for professionals to learn about the methods used in The Buoy, and they are in constant demand. Student- and Job Counselors, teachers, deacons, nurses and other professionals have attended these courses. They learn the method and some purchase all the guidance tools available for the beginning practitioner. Many have started using The Buoy in their work, both for themselves personally and in teaching. There are Buoy guides now working all over the country (in Iceland).

And on it goes.

The Buoy a self help book was published in 2007 in Icelandic. It is also available as an audio book. In 2009 the book was published in English. It is available in print as well as on line copies.

The Buoy has become a well known method due to its good results.

I have taken my methods and teachings to many places and adjusted them to specific needs whenever it is required. My journey has led me all over Iceland, but also abroad. I offer private consultation, group sessions, lectures and workshops for professionals.

There is a great need for addressing emotional issues in the school system and in society in general. There has been a great need and demand for The Buoy. The Education Service Center followed what I was doing in the schools as it was pioneer work which was working very well and they expressed great interest in it.

Guðbjörg Thoroddsen – hlutverkaskrá




Jómfrú Ragnheiður,LA Jómfrú Ragnheiður


Þrjár systur, LA Irena


Dýrin í Hálsaskógi, LA Lilli klifurmús


Eftirlitsmaðurinn, LA María


Atómstöðin, LA Ugla


Jómfrú Ragnheiður, ÞLH Jómfrú Ragnheiður


Gísl, LR Teresa


Fassbinder, Beisk tár Petru Von Kant Marlene


Dagbók Önnu Frank, LR Margrét


Thokhov, Villihunang, ÞLH Brúðurin


Upp með teppið, LR Ýmiss


Agnes barn Guðs, LR einsöngur, Gregorískir sálmar


Kabarett,LA KIT-Kat stelpa


Smámyndir, Lh. Saga Akureyri leikstjórn


Aðstoð Nonni og Manni


Hús Bernörðu Alba, LA Sylvia Plath


Gauragangur, ÞLH Stjúpa Orms


Gaukshreiðrið, ÞLH Aðstoðarleikstjóri


Leigjandinn, ÞLH Aðstoðarleikstjóri


Einleikur, Bóndinn
eftir Ingibjörgu Hjartar, ÞLH og Deiglan, AK Bóndinn


Nanna systir, LA Álfdís


Dýrin í Hálsaskógi, LA Amma mús/konan á bænum


Kossar og kúlissur, LA Hildigunnur leikstjóri


Vefarinn mikli frá Kasmír, LA Jófríður


Hart í bak, LA Áróra


Kona einsömul,Dario Fo, Deiglan, AK Kona Einsömul, einleikur


Söngvaseiður, LA Ráðskonan


Kossinn, Hallgr. Helgas. Austurbbíó. Rvk. Móðir og spákona


Skilaboð til Söndru Hjúkka


Skytturnar Ebba


Ingaló Þjónn


Benjamín Dúfa Móðir


Draumadísir Barnaverndarfulltr.


Hilmar Oddson Félagsmálafulltrúi


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