Paiva Zen Psychotherapy

Therapy for Women & Girls

Therapy + Art & Yoga Therapy

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Guidance on Love & Intimacy, Life & Work/School Success


I offer a sanctuary where you come to express your feelings, overcome your challenges, and discover your authentic self.

Offering Psychotherapy & Enrichment Programs for Women & Girls

Psychotherapy for Women, Girls and Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming People

  • Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Panic
  • Pregnancy, Postpartum, Miscarriage, Traumatic Delivery, Infertility
  • Eating Issues, Body Image, Weight Loss, Medical Compliance
  • Difficulties during Adolescence and Preteen Years
  • Relationship conflict, Professional struggles
  • Rape, Incest, Trauma, Chronic Stress & Crisis
  • Private & Group Psychotherapy Sessions  * Therapeutic Zen Art & Yoga Therapy (indoor & outdoor) * Outdoor “Schlep with a Shrink”© walk & talk program for individuals and groups.
  • The Sacred Circle: The Sacred Circle is an online, interactive membership area for weekly courses, calls & doses of Zen. Free resources include: the Sacred Living magazine and companion, Sacred Living podcast.

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A few quick stats; you are not alone.

These numbers represent the past couple of years in a snapshot; I wanted you to see that you are not alone in your stress and challenges. 

Females with anxiety (ages 6 through 59) 87%
Females who expressed poor body image & had health concerns 94%
Females preteen through adult, who felt that ADHD, Trauma or Stress hindered relationships & mental performance 100%

TESTIMONIAL: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.

(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Events & Blog

Workshop| The Frozen Pearl from Her Eyes| Feminine Consciousness, Body Image & Extinction Burst Healing

November 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Workshop| The Frozen Pearl from Her Eyes| Feminine Consciousness, Body Image & Extinction Burst Healing

Sunday January 8th  1-5 pm, $47 (Includes all art supplies & soup lunch) The Frozen Pearl from Her Eyes | This workshop is for women who are interested in exploring reality & delusion, integrity & falsehood, [...]

Why People Put Up With Being Treated Poorly

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Why People Put Up With Being Treated Poorly

In a nutshell, because at one time, beggars couldn't be choosy. Let me explain. Why do people put up with being treated poorly or, to be vulgar, being treated like subhuman? Why do they put [...]

Menopause is an Amazing Transition

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Menopause is an Amazing Transition

I am a passionate advocate of women, of the transitions women experience, and have a sensitive, investment in the unique experiences and challenges that females, of all ages, encounter. As women, we are told early [...]

My Specialities: Anxiety, Body Image, Eating Disorder and Sexual Trauma

I have specialized in working with anxiety, sexual trauma, eating disorders and body image issues for almost three decades along with being a researcher in the field of women’s wellness, recovery and trauma. My research interest is on transpersonal neurophoneomenology, self-compassion and healing from trauma.

Throughout the years, I have developed a unique style of working with these “dis-orders,” (lack of balance rather than a label) that includes a combination of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, embodiment techniques, and self-compassion practices.

At the top of this page, you see three stacked stones; they can be seen by hikers as a marker on the journey, and in Buddhism representing different practices and ideas. However, I prefer to blend the meaning as a marker on the journey of body, mind and spirit. You will see stacking stones, a zen garden and zen calligraphy in my office, as well as symbolism of trees in various stages of growth.

I work in helping you to understand the imbalances that have occurred in your life, emotions and body so that healing takes place in deeper, integrated way, rather than just a focus on immediate behavior. My intention is to help you to develop a re-communication with your body, heighten your awareness to what happens in mind, and hold it all in a self-compassionate manner. The goal is freedom, faith and self-love, not just recovery.

A Little More About Healing

Embodiment – Our bodies do keep score of the trauma, stress and perceptions that we experience. I have created strategies that help our bodies to release our physical stress and help us to embody (experience) a more authentic, self-accepting life. When we have this, we are better able to navigate our relationships.

Mindfulness – Our mind can hold illusions and labels about who we are and the world around us; more than just behavior modification, mindfulness helps us to release the illusions, labels and help us to see a challenge with curiosity not fear.

Self-Compassion – It is impossible to move forward with long-lasting rewards, in the absence of self-compassion. As women, we often give to others, but consider any self-love “pampering”. Releasing what does not serve us purpose and accepting positivity, is key to self-compassion and, progress.

East meets West & Traditional meets Unconventional and Creative: Art, Hypnotherapy, Zen practices, Yoga Therapy, Wellness, Bio/Neurofeedback, are just some of the tools to help you to gently work through whatever is holding you back.

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  • Member: ISEPP (International Society of Ethical Psychiatrists and Psychologist)
  • APA (American Psychological Association) 
  • Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village, Online Sangha Leader
  • AATA (American Art Therapy Association)
  • Yoga Alliance Approved Training & Certifying Entity for Trauma-Informed Yoga
  • RYT-E500 , Highest Level [Trauma-Informed Speciality] w/Yoga Alliance

“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

“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