Anxiety is Not a Way to Live.

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How it works

If whatever is holding you back is stopping you from living your life fully, book a complimentary consultation.

You can find the contact form at the bottom of this page, by scrolling. You may also email me at [email protected] your complimentary call.

The free consultation is our time to decipher if working together one on one is appropriate. This time allows me to more fully understand your situation and help you to devise an immediate strategy to help you in the interim.

  • Therapy & Coaching sessions are tailored bespoke to your unique situation, background, needs and goals. Most sessions are 45 minutes, and might be in person or via Skype or telephone.
  • If you have opted to work with me via the distance group, you will be surveyed anonymously so that your questions, concerns and situations will be addressed with discreet confidentiality, through group calls and lesson plans.

As you can see, both options offer very focused guidance and many of my private clients also, participate in the group programs.

  • For one on one clients, you attend your first session at a time convenient to you. You rebook a next session if you feel you need one. Sessions can also be done via phone (or Skype).
  • For Sacred & Zen group clients, you will have further flexibility to participate in on-demand programs, calls, replay calls, etc. You can also always reach out via email or the forum.

I provide you with FREE audio & videos, as appropriate, and other resources to help you achieve effective progress in between sessions and beyond. 

The goals of one on one therapy are to be fully happy, content and functional and exit therapy, gently.

The goals of the online program are to continue to have a support system for continued enrichment.

Client appreciate my compassionate but direct approach to their personal and professional struggles. I strategize and find solutions, while we co-create plans and paths toward goals.

  • For Local 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 with calls & doses of Zen for personal and professional development.

Offering Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy & Solutions for Self & Net Worth

For additional information, see “Services” at top link.


  • Trauma & Panic
  • Chronic Stress

Neuromarketing and Neuroeconomics: Individuals & Organizations

  • Branding/Positioning
  • Start-up/Relaunch
  • Engagement/Public Relations/Public speaking
  • Performance/Passion/Profit
  • Organizational Development, Leadership
  • Measurement-based goals
  • Action and Accountability
  • Visibility and Sales
  • Workplace Relationship Conflict Resolution
  • Motivation and Reward Programs
  • Advertising negotiation/Publicity
  • Branding, Business Model Development
  • Channel Marketing
  • SEO, Social Networking, Copywriting & List Building

How do you process & how calm are you?

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A sampling of where I’ve been featured

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. 

Clients with anxiety & body image struggles 87%
Clients who expressed relationship struggles or conflict 94%
Clients who felt work/money struggles hindered quality of life. 100%

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  • International Society of Ethical Psychiatrists and Psychologists
  • National Certified Financial Literacy Instructor
  • American Marketing Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village, Online Sangha Leader
  • Former affiliations include the American Art Therapy Association & The 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

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

Events & Blog

Agreeable Women Make Less Money; Are You One? Quick Quiz.

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

A week or so ago, I created a podcast based upon research from the European Journal of Work and Organizational psychology that first presented this, and I dug deeper. I dug deeper because it seriously [...]

Entrepreneurs| Grow business by Increasing Value not Offering New Programs

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the most common myths of a business that "new" people often forget about, is that it doesn't always go uphill; it can level out. By new, I mean if you have been in [...]

6 Strategies to Survive Facebook| Putting Facebook on the Therapy Couch

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Is interacting on Facebook making you anxious? Are you becoming unwell because of the time spent on the Facebook site? Do you feel more depressed after scrolling on Facebook? Are you feeling like people are either being "fake" or, using Facebook as an extension of their immaturity or instability? As a tool for bullying or scapegoating? A narcissistic sounding board? If so, you are not alone.

Sacred Living Podcast for Women 

Listen to "Paiva|Sacred Living" on Spreaker.