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Finding Paradise provides evidence-based information coupled with Michele’s life experiences to help you navigate the most challenging relationships, especially the one with yourself.

How did it all begin?

Twenty years ago, while I was working as a catwalk model, I faced a tough personal challenge: I wanted to quit smoking, but just couldn’t seem to kick the habit. I remember sharing my frustration with a makeup artist, who kindly handed me the business card of a hypnotherapist on Harley Street. To my surprise, it only took one session with him to stop smoking completely. Encouraged by this success, I went back to work through some other personal barriers that were holding me back. After three sessions, I was so intrigued by the techniques he used that I asked him about them.

He pointed me toward a course with Paul McKenna, which I signed up for, and it truly changed the direction of my life. This experience opened doors for me to train and collaborate with some of the top minds in trauma therapy, like Dr. Gabor Maté, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Each step of this journey not only helped me grow personally but also set me on a professional path that I’m deeply passionate about.

What sets your business apart?

I’ve had the opportunity to train in various approaches for treating trauma, but what really shapes my work is my own life experiences. My mentors have always encouraged me to share these personal stories with my clients. I’ve found that this helps people feel truly seen and heard. It creates a space where they can feel accepted and know they’re not alone. I bring all these aspects into my sessions to connect and support those I work with on a deeper level.

What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?

Childhood trauma can leave a lasting imprint, showing up in adulthood as limiting beliefs and patterns that negatively impact our lives. My vision is to break down these barriers to healing. I’m committed to making healing accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Moving forward, I aim to create a central hub of self-healing resources that truly enhance people’s lives in meaningful ways. This will be a place where anyone can find the support and tools they need to embark on their healing journey.

Where to next/What is your brand vision?

At Finding Paradise, we have established a strong foundation with one-on-one sessions and our vision is to embrace a more communal healing approach by introducing one-to-many sessions in the form of online and in-person group workshops. These additions will help us reach more people and make our therapeutic support more accessible. Whether you join us virtually from the comfort of your home or in person for some face-to-face connection, you’ll find a welcoming and supportive space. Our goal is to keep things personal and impactful, ensuring everyone who joins feels part of our healing community. We’re all about connecting more deeply and helping each other grow.

Michele Paradise

Founder of

Finding Paradise

What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?

I have a deep fascination with understanding what motivates people and guiding them on their healing journeys. I love watching people change and connect with their authentic selves and lead the life that they want, instead of what others expect of them, especially women. Alongside my passion for personal growth, I also have a profound appreciation for the arts, culture, and music. I’m constantly inspired by the beauty in the world and love to explore how these creative expressions can intersect with and enrich the healing process.

Share an example of early life that has shaped you?

As a child, I was often labelled a crybaby, which made me feel weak and overly emotional, as if I wasn’t equipped to handle the world. When I was just 8 years old, a doctor even prescribed Valium to “calm me down.” Later on, I discovered that I have a temperament trait known as being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), a genetic characteristic. This trait is a double-edged sword; while it makes me super sensitive, it also endows me with deep empathy and intuition, qualities that are invaluable in my work. Growing up with childhood developmental trauma and experiencing narcissistic abuse has driven me to embrace my sensitivity and use it to aid others. Now, I’m passionate about using my knowledge and personal experiences to help others on their healing journeys.

Highlights of your business journey so far?

My career began on the catwalk in 1980 while living in the US I was discovered by fashion icons Zandra Rhodes and Thierry Mugler. This exciting chapter took me across Europe and allowed me to work with some of the biggest names in fashion until 2000. Along the way, I travelled the world, met royalty, and served as an expert and judge on several TV shows, including Britain’s Next Top Model. These experiences, filled with diverse human behaviours, sparked my interest in psychology and set a strong foundation for my current career.

Today, I’m a trauma-informed therapist, drawing on both personal insight and extensive professional training. I’ve had the privilege of training under some of the best in the field. I’ve worked directly with Dr. Richard Bandler, co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, learned Hypnosis from Paul McKenna, and studied Havening Techniques with their creator, Dr. Ronald Ruden. I’m trained by Dr. Gabor Maté in Compassionate Inquiry and Dr Richard Schwartz, founder of IFS (Internal Family Systems). My journey has also allowed me to collaborate with Deepak Chopra as his personal development coach and to share insights on various successful podcasts and TV shows. Each step has enriched my understanding and ability to help others heal.

Key lessons you have learned along the way?

On my journey, I’ve learned the importance of trusting my intuition, setting strong boundaries, and maintaining integrity in everything I do. I believe that having good intentions is crucial. For me, intention shapes every interaction and decision, guiding my actions toward positive outcomes for myself and those I work with.

Best piece of advice you have received?

Dr Wayne Dyer once said… “This life is not a dress rehearsal”. That really woke me up. I sold my house and most of my possessions, packed 2 suitcases and moved 6,000 miles away and it was a very liberating, cathartic experience.

Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?

Have the courage to live a life that’s genuinely yours, not one shaped by others’ expectations. Strive for a balance between work and play—remember, all work and no play isn’t just dull, it’s not healthy. Express your feelings openly. Holding them in can make you sick, literally! Live authentically with boundaries and good intentions–it’s your key to a healthier, happier life.

What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?

Self-funded.

Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?

Finding the right team has been a journey for me. Along the way, I’ve made a few missteps in judging character and commitment, which turned out to be valuable lessons. These experiences inspired me to embrace the solopreneur path, allowing me to collaborate with talented individuals who excel in areas where I don’t. Now, I have a flexible, dynamic team of experts I trust, each contributing their best to our shared goals.

Why is it important to support women-led business?

As the granddaughter of a US suffragette and founding member of the league of women voters in Baltimore, feminism runs deep in my veins. I’m a firm believer in the power of sisterhood and am thrilled to be surrounded by women-led businesses. There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing women thrive and succeed. My greatest hope is for us to collaborate and support each other—because when we work together, there’s no limit to what we can achieve!

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Michele Paradise

My inspiration is...

Watching people heal and change. I see it every day in my work and it is my oxygen.

My greatest fear is...

Not reaching my full potential before I die.

The most courageous thing I’ve ever done is...

Sell my dream home and almost everything in it, pack 2 suitcases and move 6,000 miles away.

Guilty pleasure?

I have no guilty pleasures they are all just pleasures without guilt.

Mantra you live by?

Where focus goes, energy flows…

Female role model?

Maya Angelou.

Women-led brand you love?

really love the brand that Brene Brown has built. It is generous, self-effacing and gives women, in particular, permission to be vulnerable, self-caring and express their emotions.

Top productivity tool?

My super quick Macbook and my business partner Emily, not necessarily in that order!

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