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.
1:1/Private Session Clients (Local or Distance) Once we have mutually decided to work together, you will gain access to the client portal for scheduling and payment.
For local clients, the location is shown on google maps, 101 Manor Avenue, Downingtown PA, 19335. We are on the second floor, suite B. When you arrive for your appointment, please remain in the waiting room.
A starting point is to schedule (below) a consultation call. You may also opt to email at [email protected]
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!
Events & Blog
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.