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No Mud,No Lotus

The Nexus of Science, Spirituality & Transformation

Licensed Psychotherapy~ 30 Years Experience

Only through the struggles within the mud, and in the stillness of the water, can the lotus live and bloom.


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.



The office is located within a boutique medical building at the edge of the center of Downingtown, Chester County, PA. 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.


This is a zen-informed yet secular practice, meaning, spirituality and scientifically grounded, solution-based strategies. I work with schools, hospitals, family doctors and psychiatrists, even family and friendships, when the opportunity presents itself, especially when the client is in need of extra support.

Michele Paiva, Licensed Psychotherapist

  • 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 


A sampling of where I've been featured

softly falling rain

rekindles embers of hope

emotions downpour

Relax to some of my iHeartRadio podcast. 


There is no BS here, she tells you what you need to hear and challenges patterns of behavior to achieve a new outcome. All while being warm and funny, which puts you at easy and helps to build a comfort level so progress can be made.

Private Local Client, United States

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!

J. M., Psychologist, California

I have been in different forms of therapy for 20 years. Michele has made the most difference. She uses her vast knowledge and experience to gently steer me toward the changes that I need to make to be truely happy. I thought I could not change and was “broken” for 20 years. Working with her allowed me to clear my life of negativity and start actually living!

Private Distance Client, United States

Kind, Honest and Straight Forward….

Distance Client, Europe

Kind, Honest and Straight Forward….

Distance Client, New Zealand

Welcome to the Practice 

Visit my Youtube Channel(and subscribe).

This particular video is on sexual abuse, shame and relationships.


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For Courses, top of site, link “programs”

petals don't resist

opening as your heart can

forgive, love and live

Paiva Psychotherapy for the Conscious Feminine Psyche & Entrepreneur

Women go through unique transitions, challenges and situations; dialogue is not the only, nor best, way to communicate. I have an array of resources from therapeutic art to my work as a yoga therapist. With 30 years experience, I specialize in females who have experienced trauma, sexual assault, financial or career conflict and betrayal. I also focus on the truth under the trauma, the potential under the alleged pathology and rather than focusing on the struggle, we work toward bliss.

Downingtown Support Groups for Women & Teens|Refuge Circles

The Refuge Circle for Women, in Downingtown, is an ongoing support group that touches on topics such as: Child Abuse Survivors, Betrayal, Recovery from Addiction, Life Transitions and Experience unique to Women (Perimenopause, Menopause, assault, rape), Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Marital/Partner Conflict , Body Image struggles, Divorce/Seperation , Parenting. Art, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and discussion are some of the vehicles for refuge.

{video}Shame and Guilt in Sexuality

This short video will explain some of the facets surrounding shame and guilt when it comes to sexuality.

Should I leave my cheating husband?

Women ask themselves: "Was I not good enough in bed?" "Should I have been more sexual?" "Am I too old?" "I knew I wasn't attractive enough."