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Meet Denise Michelle of Bridge The Love in Playa Del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Michelle.

Denise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Poverty consciousness, mental illness, lack of identity pretty much sums up my childhood, I was born with Borderline Personality Disorder. I didn’t have emotional regulation, I thought we were too poor to afford my dreams. I never wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor or a teacher. I wanted Love and Love would become my life’s mission.

As I grew up my behaviors worsened from a dysfunctional family life. Moving around to several schools ultimately led to a suicide attempt at 14 and at 17 my sister and I were on our own, each working two jobs. My parents did the best they could with what they had, but little about my childhood felt “normal”. I eased my pain with addiction, sex and checking out.

I moved to LA 21 years ago at age 19 with hopes that changing geography would be the answer. Funny thing about trauma, like a shadow, it follows you until you learn to heal it. At 20, I found yoga which would be my only constant to ease my suffering. BPD symptoms became worse and the psychotic and out of body episodes would go on for years with multiple thoughts to kill myself until I was finally diagnosed and began to treatment.

The people closest to me saw my unraveling, hitting bottom over and over again while on the outside, I held a corporate job and “looked pretty”.

I spent the next decade in therapy, outpatient treatment and trying to survive life. By 30, I had left my corporate job and gained the confidence to become a yoga teacher. I wanted to give to others what yoga had given to me. I had a dream of opening my own studio and within ten months, The Yoga Place in Downtown LA was birthed.

I created a healing sanctuary for the community and served thousands of people. I thought I was finally doing what I loved but after four years, I was burned out, overworking, undersleeping and once again spun out of control.

In 2013, a surfing accident changed everything. I was catapulted into spiritual healing. I closed the studio, chose celibacy and would be forced to conquer BPD, heal sexual trauma, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, depression through all the unconventional methods of healing. This began me on to my life’s path to be a teacher, healer and share my wisdom with SelfLove.

After more healing, more trauma, more depression and filing for bankruptcy, I called out to spirit to guide me. I had nothing left. I eventually found my way to my main mentor Mary Morrissey who taught me how to live and teach transformation. Breaking through wasn’t easy but I was determined, I knew this was my life’s calling.

I noticed certain patterns arising in my clients, which by then I was more or less “a coaches coach”. Transformational principles weren’t enough. My clients needed deeper healing so I went to London and studied RTT (Rapid Transformation Therapy) Hypnotherapy with Marisa Peer to help people bulldoze through their past pain and trauma.

But still, something was missing. People were still experiencing generational money trauma, including myself.

My mentor, John Shin, a multiple 9 figure earner came into my life., John taught me to experience money and wealth in a whole new way. I was no longer afraid of money and success. He taught me the more money we attract, the more freedom we have to do good in the world.

Which leads me to present day, now 40, fulfilled, in service, traveling, on my way to earn multiple six figures, loving life and in alignment. I look back and that person I knew doesn’t even exist anymore. I look in the mirror and I see Love. Kindness. Forgiveness. I see my best friend, the person I fought four decades in pain for and she was worth every moment. I see her, I love her, I believe in her.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all. Is it ever easy with healing trauma?

Suffering was my middle name. I didn’t know who I was. I thought I was going to die by my own hand by 30. It took me 14 long years to heal mental illness alone, one step at a time. Then I still had childhood sexual abuse, rape, suicidal depression, addiction, bankruptcy, PTSD, domestic abuse and dysfunctional relationships to heal. Many times I wanted to give up, but something would tell me to keep going. I’d peel myself off the floor and try again.

For a long time, I had to do the work alone. I felt isolated from a life I used to know, I outgrew most relationships and had to count on my vision to get to the other side. I had no idea how the hell I was going to get there and trust me I did everything I could to fight back. That is until I surrendered.

Even now, I’m not perfect at it. The difference is, I find a minimum of 10 things to be grateful for Every. Single. Day. That’s been the biggest game changer. Finding that teeny, tiny ray of sunshine when everything else seems to go to shit.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Bridge The Love – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I serve as a Spiritual Life Coach & RTT Hypnotherapist on a mission to spread love into the world in a massive way.

My gifts to adapt have led me to create an amazing network of healers, spiritual communities, multimillionaires, corporations, all the way to someone living simply in the mid-west.

I heal, mentor and coach spiritual entrepreneurs, influencers and team leaders in transformation, ancestral healing and SelfLove empowerment so they can align with their life’s mission on earth.

I discovered the perfect formula for my clients to soar with their gifts:
1. Personal Development
2. Inner Healing
3. Spiritual and Financial Wealth

I’m most proud of my ability to be a bridge to so many amazing people on this planet. Thus, Bridge The Love. Together we rise.

My technique is unique. I weave over a dozen modalities into my work including Yoga, Meditation, Massage Therapy, Reiki, Sound Healing, EFT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Transformational Life Coaching, Rapid Transformation Hypnotherapy and wealth building.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Likes – Oh LA, how I love you!! LA is a beacon for so many bright lights. healers and game changers. I love the fact that I can be in nature in a matter of minutes yet have everything available to me when I want. Plus there is a plethora of healthy organic restaurants, spiritual centers and outdoor activities to choose from including tons of surf and yoga.

Dislikes – I could say the congestion or traffic, but the truth is I have learned to utilize my driving time as a space for self-reflection, study and connection. My occasional dislike comes from working from home too much. It can feel isolating and now I’m working to change that so I can be among other humans more frequently.

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Personal Photo by Diana Paez of The Well Media

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