Stephanie Renee Payne came to this work to facilitate her own healing.
For Stephanie, it was the writing process that began to unearth deeply-buried pain from her childhood, as she began work on her memoir. This discovery, along with a personal spiritual experience, prompted a five-year study of spiritual and alternative healing practices that took Stephanie all over the world, and eventually into the healing arts as a certified life coach with a concentration in positive coaching using Martin Seligman's principles of positive psychology and a certified hypnotherapist.
Stephanie holds a MFA in creative writing, and has taught writing at several institutions, including The New School University in New York City, Temple University in Philadelphia, and she is current faculty in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Stephanie has written for several print and online publications about identity and race, domestic violence, among other topics, and has published several short pieces of fiction. She is the author of ESP: Extreme Self-Pampering for the Soul, part work-book, part inspirational guide that Kirkus Review calls an "Inspiring workbook on fostering a more authentic, joyful life." She is at work penning a memoir that chronicles her journey to wholeness. Stephanie is also the founder of One Woman One Voice Project, a social networking platform for women who desire to live a more positive and meaningful life.
Stephanie's interest in clinical hypnotherapist, with a concentration in the area of complementary cancer care, was piqued with her sister's inflammatory breast cancer diagnosis in 2016. Read Stephanie's story HERE!
In Stephanie's TEDx Talk, she challenges gender, race inequality, and the strictures of a patriarchal society.