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*I am not taking new 1:1 clients at this time* however, you will find many solutions and strategies when you sign up to my Youtube channel or free courses.

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What is Transpersonal “Zen” Psychotherapy?
Transpersonal Zen Psychotherapy is an interpersonal, Buddhist-informed(but religiously secular & inclusive) relationship in which you and I talk or express through non-dialogue modalities like art or yoga, and strategize together about whatever is causing you emotional or psychological distress in your day to day life. This may include not liking or feeling good about yourself; difficulties in relationships with others; feelings of loneliness, alienation or marginalization; childhood or recent traumas or losses; self-defeating behaviors; or chronic anxiety or depression.

Generally we will focus on understanding your current life difficulties in the context of your past and present experiences in your family as well as the larger world including social-cultural forces such as sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. Psychotherapy works through the co-creation of an open and trusting relationship between you and I, in which you can come to understand yourself more deeply in order to feel more alive and empowered to live your life the way you want to. This takes time and a commitment of weekly sessions as human beings are unique and complex.

For my local clients, the office is located within a boutique medical building at the edge of the center of Downingtown, Chester County, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

For my distance clients, we have private telephone and video calls, at times that work best for your time zone within my schedule.

It is an easy walk from most of the borough schools and has an expansive parking lot. Additionally, my office is highlighted by a wall of windows facing the park, and a small private deck;ideal for heart-healing. 

You can easily make your appointment on your smartphone or any computer. Online scheduling makes it easy to work around your own schedule for appointments, groups and any programs offered. Clients might also cancel on their own, reschedule or browse different offerings, without rush or a “front desk” experience.


Psychotherapy & Coaching for Severe Anxiety, Panic, Phobia, Relationship Struggles and Trauma (Past & Present) including Disordered Eating, Body Image ... and transitions and challenges unique to females. I also specialize in rape and assault.


Michele Paiva and her incredible work entered my life during a period of much transition, upheaval, and stress both at work and in my personal life. The chaos and crisis that should have unfolded did not have the impact that everyone, including myself, expected.

It was Michele’s warmth, mentoring, blending of neuro-science and holistic practices that guided me through the waves that cruised through my life.

After a miscarriage, a betrayal amidst a breakup, working in crisis mental health, and navigating a new career dynamic, that Michele facilitated a solidification of my sense of being rooted and grounded in the world. She helped me cultivate and sustain self-care practices, acted as a firm supporter when I felt unhinged, and with elegant skill helped me to move my energy towards staying focused in my mind-body towards a healthy outcome, strengthening healthy coping skills, and be ever more comfortable with uncertainty.

She is a mind-body ninja in the most positive sense of the word!
Ms. J. M., Social Worker, San Francisco, CA, USA


Michele Paiva is wonderful in any project she works. She is the consummate professional who deals with her clients with integrity and always seeks to add her personal touch. That’s the best way to do business, with respect, and she excels.”

Brian Startare
Sports Radio Personality and Sports Author


“Michele Paiva is dedicated to the holistic approach in anything she does. Her ideas are ranging and complete. In all of her pursuits, she aims toward health, happiness, and well-being. She is diligent and competent in all she does. Her heart is as engaged as is her mind; and her mind is sharp and creative.”

Neal Zoren
Entertainment and Cultural Media Personality


“With Michele, you can learn to release what no longer serves you, and you can lock-in to your personal and wellness career purpose. Michele brings an unconventional approach to business which helps you to learn about the concepts and framework for real career and business success. She is conversational and direct, down-to-Earth and approachable.”

Jim Urbine
Medical Radiology Engineer, Director/CEO



International Society of Ethical Psychiatrists and Psychologists
National Certified Financial Literacy Instructor
American Marketing Association(speaker)
American Psychological Association
Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village, Online Sangha Leader & Inducted by the Dalai Lama
MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Certified
American Art Therapy Association
The Yoga Alliance Approved School + Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Certified
+ many specialty certifications

Have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, The Good Men Project, Washington Post & More