Our Story

Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC

Creative Transformations, LLC was created as a response to the needs of individuals as they recover emotionally from a life threatening illness or injury.  Stephanie’s personal experiences, of battling breast cancer and caring for a loved one who died from breast cancer, have created a deep passion for the complexity of recovering one’s body, mind, spirit, and sense of self.  Stephanie obtained her master’s in expressive arts therapy, and she has used creativity and meditation to support her own healing process.  Now she wishes to share her experience to help others develop their own creative, meditative practice for healing.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help those who have suffered traumatic illness or injury find a voice, an internal story teller, to take the fragmented pieces of experience and make it whole. These experiences impact our body, mind, and spirit, deeply affect our sense of self and trust. Through the packing and unpacking of the story, we allow ourselves to heal, create meaning that gives us purpose and assists in letting go of the pain and suffering.

By releasing the pain and suffering, we allow ourselves to become stronger, more fulfilled, and to be able to let go of those old narratives that no longer serve us; bringing into fruition a deeper, more resilient human being.

Our method behind the DIY Art Therapy Program

Creative Transformations is designed to meet you where you are, independent of location.  Having a life threatening condition absorbs a lot of time and energy, and while it may be apparent that emotionally you need to heal, it can feel overwhelming to begin. We offer the blog, cancer coaching, workshops and then the art therapy DIY program- a protocol that Stephanie developed that will help you craft a practice of using art and meditation to heal emotionally following a life threatening illness or injury.

You may ask why we use art?

When we use the arts, we tap into a deeper layer of consciousness because traumatic experiences interfere with our ability to fully verbalize what has happened; yet there are images, sensations, and feelings. Getting into a non-verbal state, we can bring those to light and then verbalize it- making it more concrete and tangible, allowing us to work through it.

Most importantly- this art is for everyone- no artistic talent necessary to reap the rewards!

Using arts and writing helps up to gain a deeper connection with our intuitive self; that often is able to identify what we need if we are present enough to listen to its wisdom. When we engage in non-verbal connection with ourselves, we are able to let go of judgments that might get in our way of making wiser and more compassionate choices for ourselves. When we get in touch with our intuition, life becomes more synchronistic.

What we do

The sessions and workshops that are provided will give you the tools that will allow you to continue the journey of healing, as a personal process and as a compliment to individual, group, or family therapy you may be engaged in already. It is important to know that while this is a therapeutic experience, it is not a replacement for psychotherapy. It is recommended that survivors engage in an ongoing therapeutic relationship.

Who we serve

We serve clients who have experienced, or are experiencing, a life threatening illness or injury.  Sessions can be scheduled to happen in person at the office or via internet (Google Hangouts/Face Time or Skype).