About Michelle’s Journey

Michelle Payton walking her pathTo survive a childhood household of anger, poverty, alcohol, drug, mental and physical abuse, and parents divorcing at an early age, Michelle learned to read situations quickly, but she needed to get out of the fight, flight, freeze for a better quality of life. Payton reflected on this saying, “My responses to those (childhood) memories changed positively as I became clearer about being kinder to myself and others.” Kindness to oneself can also be called self-gratitude and that gratitude re-wired her brain to create feel-good neurotransmitters; Michelle retained more positive experiences and thoughts (deflecting the negative ones) and found herself in appreciation-mode, in general.

The Science of Gratitude, Self-Gratitude, and a Positive Mindset changed Michelle’s life. Michelle began by celebrating minor accomplishments as a solution-based tool and, over time, that translated to higher self-esteem, and better mental and physical health overall. Positive outcomes manifested more and more, in her life, in the long-term. Because of her personal successes, Michelle became fascinated with how people’s minds worked and how they could achieve a more positive mindset; as a result, her eclectic (mainstream and metaphysical) studies over the past 35+ years have revolved around people being more comfortable with themselves and others. She (personally) moved past limiting history and physical conditions to a marriage/partnership of over 35+ years, three great kids (yes, there have been challenges), and a joyful, healthy life.

With Michelle Payton, your mind and re-associations with memories are the key components. Michelle’s mind over matter solutions specialties are–practicing in the Asheville, North Carolina area–Doctor of Clinical Hypnosis, Positive Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Acupressure Hypnosis (creating Emotional Balancing Points), Past Life Regression, and Sensory-based Writing and Coaching (oral story-sharing to paper). Michelle’s academic work includes teaching college English, a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional and Technical Writing Postgraduate Certificate), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, Adult Developmental Education Training (Kellogg Institute, National Development Center for Education), experiences writing nine self-help books and academic writing, plus independent studies to serve as an educator on personality traits using Astrology, Numerology, and Birth Order (see specifics at “Sessions”).

She continues her path of attracting all good things into her and others’ lives as an author, independently publishing:


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– Adventures of a Mainstream Metaphysical Mom: Choosing Peace of Mind in a World of Diverse Ideas
– “Soul”utions: Achieving Financial, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Spiritual Balance with Soul
– Birth Mix Patterns: Astrology, Numerology, and Birth Order, and their effects on the Past, Present, and Future
– Birth Mix Patterns: for Families, and Other Groups that Matter
– Birth Mix Patterns and Loving Relationships: Using Astrology, Numerology, and Birth Order
– Healing What’s Real: Expanding Your Personal Power with Mind Over Matter Techniques
– More Adventures of a Mainstream Metaphysical Mom: Finding Peace While Raising Teens, Building a Community, and Consciously Following-Through
– Writing Sensorably: How Expressive and Natural Voice Advance Recording Thoughts
– Positive Hypnosis: Re-associating with Solution-based Memories

Writing and connecting to others’ needs (individually, the masses, and in business) was a part of her mainstream professional training which included being an accomplished national brand marketing manager with extensive national and international advertising, marketing, research, writing (technically, commercially, and using natural voice), speaking and business building background. Today her professional efforts are focused on her Mind Over Matter Solutions private practice (www.MichellePayton.com), The Left Side community collaborations of which she is the founder and owner (www.TheLeftSide.com), Asheville Area Wholistic and Integrative Professionals of which she is the founder; and teaching college English and academic writing projects. All Michelle’s professional training play a part in her work to co-facilitate building self-confidence, achieving individual voice to satisfy core needs, and creating effective collaborations professionally and personally.

She, her husband and life partner since 1982, and three adult children live, work and play in Asheville, North Carolina.

Michelle Payton is a member of the National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards, has fulfilled mastery requirements for the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming™, and is an active member and founder of the Asheville Area Wholistic & Integrative Professionals.

Member Asheville (NC) Area Wholistic Integrative Professional, National Board, NLP