Interview // Melissa DaSilva, Hypnotherapist

Tell us about your business / current project.

I started a small mental health group practice two years ago this summer. We provide individual and couples therapy. We have recently started offering hypnosis services. I have created a team that loves what they are doing and the clients that they work with. We all have ideal clients. Mine are members of the LGBTQ+ community. I have recently started a podcast called Pride Connections. I was inspired by my clients to start this project. I interview members of the LGBTQ+ community who are inspiring others and changing our world for the better. I have been enjoying meeting new guests each week. I hope that my show inspires others to do great things. 

If you could describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Creative
Dreamer
Entrepreneur
Motivated
Optimistic  

Tell us about your co-conspirators. Who are the ladies you collaborate with on a regular basis?

Creusa Michelazzo is one of my best friends and understands my drive. She is always there to help me make my dreams come alive. She has a background in marketing and public relations. I also rely a lot on my assistant Selena Ainzuain. I wouldn't be able to run my life professional and personal without her. The three of us run an "I Am That Girl" group for young women at my office once a week.  

Why did you choose the career that you have?

I knew that I always wanted to be a social worker. I started off working in schools but then realized I wanted to own my own business. I have had the entrepreneurial bug since I was a teenager selling swimsuits on the beach every summer. 

What changes to your business are you hoping to make in the next year?

I hope to help many people through hypnosis. I am also adding a school-based therapy program to my practice. I will have clinicians go to schools to meet with students one on one so that they can get weekly therapy services and parents won't have to worry about carving out time during the week to bring kids to therapy after school and work. It will also help the schools provide services to students that they may not already have. 

Photo by Emmett Teter

Photo by Emmett Teter

When did you take your biggest risk (in life or business)? Was it worth it?

One of the biggest risks I took was when I decided to leave a job where I received a regular paycheck to working for myself. I believe it has been worth it. I enjoy being able to make my own schedule, work on projects when I want and inspire others. 

When things get rough, how do you keep yourself going?

I am a big fan of taking naps. I find that when things get rough, it always seems easier after a good nap. I am a self-proclaimed professional napper. I can nap anywhere. 

I also like brainstorming with others that get me. Friends who get me and understand my drive. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

F.O.C.U.S

Follow
One
Course
Until
Success 

If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?

Meredith Brooks "Bitch" 

Do you have a favorite internet resource for finding tips of your trade? How about any seminars you've been to that have taught you a lot?

I find a lot of tips and resource on podcasts that I listen to such as EO on Fire, Youpreneur and The Model Health Show. I recently attended a seminar in the Philippines last March. It was life changing. I met so many people who I have learned so much from. 

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?

Don't ever compare yourself to anyone else, except yourself yesterday.