About Me

My Mission is to Empower Your Life

Your Journey to a Fulfilling Life

Transform your life and achieve your goals with professional and personalized support.

About Me

My Mission is to Empower Your Life

My Mission is to Empower Your Life

Transform your life and achieve your goals with professional and personalized support.

It is not your fault but it is within your power to heal.

Trauma, toxic relationship, childhood stress and current struggles all contribute to financial challenges. As a trauma and financial therapist, I help you to identify your strengths, clarify your goals, and develop a plan to achieve them.

Explore how I work.

My story

I’ve experienced generational poverty through my mother who was put into an orphanage by her gambling father. I have experienced generational wealth, through my father who was taught that money and image means everything. I was the nexus of two money stories that conflicted and I suffered.

I healed and so can you.

My Specialties

  • Financial Therapy for Individuals and Couples
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Wellness

Financial Therapist, Michele Paiva The Finance Therapist

Feeling broke or broken emotionally makes you feel stuck; you don’t feel free. However, recovery from trauma or financial struggle is often gloomy and riddled with shame and blame.  In my early twenties, I struggled financially due to generational poverty and excess. My mother was raised in an orphanage, and my father was born in wealth.  Money was always central in our home but barely discussed. Maybe you can relate. Let’s open the taboo topic and heal.

I healed, and so can you.

My Journey: From Trauma Therapist to Financial Guide

My career has been a tapestry woven from diverse threads. I began in media and wellness, then as a trauma therapist, guiding individuals through the intricate paths of emotional healing. 

My story doesn’t stop there. In the media world, donning multiple hats – from public affairs news anchoring to radio hosting, I also had behind-the-scenes roles, including production, marketing, writing, and editing. Yet, the fusion of my therapeutic insights with media experience sparked a unique mission. I needed to help people create financial security, and I had to help messages be heard. I founded a public relations agency with a purpose – to empower those who, like herself, have experienced adversity. Many clients are in the wellness, psychological, or medical industries.

My own journey is the driving force behind my professional life. My mission is clear: guiding others toward thriving and creating generational wealth beyond survival and debt relief. To live as a free spirit. 

I was a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Marketing Association for years. I’ve shared insights with thought leaders in various industries, embodying the ethos of lifelong learning. I now focus on finance.

My training in transpersonal psychology, financial education, and lifestyle science from Harvard Medical School equips her with the tools to help individuals find harmony in their financial journey.

Though trained, licensed, and with three decades of experience, I don’t identify nor promote myself as a therapist; instead, I am a guide on the path to liberation emotionally and financially under the umbrella of coaching. I’m a mentor, educator, instructor, and coach. I’m also the host of the podcast “The Finance Therapist” and author of several books on the topic of financial therapy. I aim to help you uncover the connection between financial wellness and emotional healing. 

You don’t have to worry about money. You don’t have to argue about money anymore.

Release shame, blame, and gripping fear.


“Michele is an outstanding therapist with high levels of insight, empathy, and awareness of what a client needs in the moment. She integrates multiple disciplines of therapy.”

– Dr. Rand Coleman


“Michele is a gifted therapist who cares, deeply about others. She is a generous spirit who will guide and work with you to help you to find solutions to problems and to feel whole again.”

– Diane S.


“Michele is very knowledgeable and caring. She is super focused and knows how to get to the root of the issue while offering the support needed.”

– Marianna V.G.

It’s Time to Feel Free Again.

It’s Time to Feel Free Again

Transform your life and achieve your goals with professional and personalized support.

Financial Therapist, Michele Paiva The Finance Therapist