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About 2017-05-15T03:29:31+00:00

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]

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

You can do so by going to the tabs above, in the site and clicking on “Schedule Now”… from there, you will see “Consultation call”. Schedule your call there.

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 reschedule a next session if you feel you need one. Sessions can also also be conducted via phone (or Skype).
  • For Bold Bliss 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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
  •  American Art Therapy Association
  • The Yoga Alliance + More

Jess Lupacckino, RYT200, CTC

Recognized by the Yoga Alliance, Jess is a certified trauma coach, certified yoga instructor. Jess has been practicing yoga for over a 10 years and  specializes in Prenatal Ashtanga, Power Ashtanga, and Power Yoga Ashtanga Beginner Specialist from Paiva Psychotherapy Yoga Institute. Her intention is to help those in need of healing whether it be emotionally or physically. With a firm belief that everyone is capable of practicing yoga, Jess' mission is to continue to specialize in modification for individual needs. Jess specializes in children and youth who are stressed or experiencing difficulty, and women who suffer depression and anxiety She also donates hours every month, in our office, to Veterans, at no fee.

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

Downingtown Support Groups for Women & Teens|Refuge Circles

May 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

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

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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

Should I leave my cheating husband?

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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."

Sacred Living Podcast for Women 

Listen to "Paiva|Sacred Living" on Spreaker.

“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