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 childhood trauma, as she began work on her memoir. This discovery, along with a personal spiritual experience, prompted a five-year study of alternative healing practices that took Stephanie all over the world, and eventually into the healing arts as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) with a certificate in positive coaching from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certification from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in clinical hypnotherapy.


Stephanie holds an 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 is currently faculty in the Writing Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Stephanie 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." Stephanie's unique practice uses writing, along with positive, coaching, visioning, meditation, hypnotherapy and other modalities to discover the core of behavioral patterns to effect lasting change. 

Stephanie's interest in clinical hypnotherapy, with a concentration in 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.