About Storyjug

About Joanna Traynor

Joanna Traynor is a qualified psychotherapist (BSc (Hons) Psycholgy, Adv.Dip , MBACP) and fully trained workshop facilitator (12 years in the media industry). She has also written 3 novels, all published by Bloomsbury. All of her work has been underpinned by a disciplined approach to story.


Therapy Writing Institute (USA)
Modules include –
Transition Management including bereavement
Substance abuse recovery
Veterans and PTSD
Adams Method of Therapeutic Support
Facilitation Skills

Iron Mill, Exeter
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Skills

Ahimsa, Plymouth
Supporting perpetrators of Domestic Violence (RESPECT)

University of Plymouth
Short term Solution Focussed Therapy

Motivational Interviewing (MINT Accredited)


Creative and Personal Development    

Sister Josephine (Bloomsbury ’98)
Divine (Bloomsbury ’99)
Bitch Money (Bloomsbury 2000)

Writer    Contributions include articles for the Guardian, Times and other press.


The Saga Prize ’97 –
Winston Churchill Fellow – 2009 – Historical Research into Slavery and the American Civil War

Volunteer Work

Plymouth Options – Counselling support for general public referred by GP’s. (current)

Rape Crisis Line – 1998-1999

Share (services for young people in Cornwall) Volunteer Counsellor 2008-2009

The Zone, Plymouth (services for young people in Devon)

Bereavement Counselling Service (Plymouth)


Guardian Newspaper Sales    Farringdon Road, London, EC1M

Apple Technologist – Education Reseller

Senior Producer     Two Four Productions, Estover Plymouth PL6 7RG

Discovery, ITV, BBC
Department of Children Schools and Families (now Dfe)
(work included Sex and Drugs Education, Growing Schools [IVCA award], Young Gifted and  Talented Programme)
CAMHS ‘Beneath the Smile’ – Mental Health support of Adolescents (RTS Winner 2009)
British Heart Foundation
10 years producing programmes for this client including Asian Health programmes produced in 5 different languages
Training and Development Agency for Schools
Teacher training resources
AQA Exam Board Recalibrating digital brand and comms
Diabetes UK – online campaigns to raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes
National Youth Agency – stakeholders in major government projects
Story finder: Barbican Theatre, Plymouth


  • Red Cross
  • Plymouth Community Healthcare
  • Plymouth MIND
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Advice Plymouth
  • Workers Education Association
  • Chudfest
  • Ubuntu – Exeter
  • SENSEEIA – (I am a partner in this business)


I run a private counselling practice online and at the Barbican Therapy Centre, Plymouth.