Joey Paynter


Joey Paynter


I have quite a diverse background in psychological studies and a deep deep deep passion for empowering the human soul. The essence of my heartbeat is to give a voice to the voiceless and capture it all through the lens of my camera. I believe the beauty is in dreaming.believing.creating.seeking and ultimately falling in love with the mystery of this beautiful life. It is here I am awakened and it is here that I want to co create with life and be changed by it all. I received my B.S. in Psychology and Religion from James Madison University and then several years later received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I have worked with individuals and groups for over 15 years and I specialize in relational struggles, depression, and anxiety. I have traveled extensively to 37 countries as a counselor, healer, lecturer and photojournalist, where I provided healing and therapy to refugees, orphans, prostitutes, victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as run support groups for those that have HIV/AIDS. My heartbeat is to create what has yet to be created and to empower another to be fully alive.


Costa Mesa, CA, USA

What draws you to the STIA conference?

The vision of transformation and the beauty of connection with other like minded souls that want to dream from soul and are open to create.

What are you hoping to experience?

Connections with others and a an expansion in my heart, mind, and soul.

What are you most passionate about?

Seeing the beauty in life. (RE)awakening others to connect with their soul. Traveling the world. Connections. Culture. Playing and seeing life through the eyes of a child… everything is new that way. Living in the very soul of life. Photography. Using imagery to transform. Creating anything and everything. love.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

As of now I have no clue… but I am very curious to find out.

What’s your bigger vision?

To impact the world through the power of photography and connection. To help another give voice to speak and live out an authentic story.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

Open connections with others that are willing to dream.