Michele R Smith
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Michele R Smith

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC National Certified Counselor, NCC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York, New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated September 10, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Psychology of Eating
  • Energy Psychology
  • Sensitivity
  • Life purpose & meaning
  • Eating disorders & disordered eating
  • Body image

Professional statement

Michele Smith is a Board Certified Mental Health Counselor, and owner of The Runaway Fork, who offers telehealth services in NY and NJ. Michele is passionate about helping young adults and adults improve their relationship with food, body, and soul. Many of Michele’s clients feel deeply exhausted around dieting, out of control around food, and shame toward their bodies. They no longer know how to eat, feeling stuck, hopeless, and afraid.

Michele’s holistic approach is rooted in the Psychology of Eating and directed toward helping her clients uncover the underlying reasons why they turn to food. She gently encourages them to explore all aspects of their unique food story: their thoughts, beliefs, deep desires, lifestyle, to reflect on their past experiences and family of origin issues. Clients begin to understand who they are as eaters and what they’re actually craving, whether that’s deeper connections with others, healing their inner child, or changing jobs. Clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Intuitive Eating principles with Michele, who also practices Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) approaches and Energy Psychology techniques. Michele is particularly interested in working with highly sensitive people (HSP) to assist them in managing their energy around food.

Therapy sessions with Michele are collaborative and interactive, believing her clients to be equal partners in this process of self-discovery. Michele creates a safe, non-judgemental space welcoming people of all sizes and shapes. Her online sessions offer practical, real-life change using evidence-based tools and strategies drawn from multiple fields.


Message to clients

Please know that it is absolutely possible to heal your relationship with food, body, and soul without going on another diet. The freedom and confidence you will gain by clearing your head-space of that inner critic, diet rules, and shame will enable you to pursue your deepest desires and discover your life’s purpose. It’s time for a new approach that empowers you to become the best version of yourself and allows your gifts to shine in the world today.

With over 20 years of clinical experience, we will use evidence-based tools and strategies from numerous fields of study to assist you in becoming your most authentic self; that version of you who no longer uses food to cope with your emotions or who uses food to fill that deep void inside. Together let’s discover what you’re really hungry for!


Specialties

Psychology of Eating - Discovering the real reasons behind unwanted eating behaviors and negative body image; understanding how all life domains, not just food alone, affects how people eat and care for themselves; exploring one’s personal story with food and body to determine what they really crave

Energy Psychology - Energy Psychology (also known as cognitive somatic practices) consists of evidence-based mind-body methods that rapidly reduce stress and trauma while increasing calm. Energy Psychology methods combine cognitive interventions with somatic techniques to elevate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Sensitivity - Developing an understanding of one’s sensitivity, including exploring what triggers emotional reactions and the origins of the sensitivity; practicing self-compassion by acknowledging that everyone has emotions and it’s natural to react to what’s around you

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Michele Smith is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $188 (60min)
  • Individual Sessions: $235 (75min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am - 7pm
  • Tue 8am - 7pm
  • Wed 8am - 7pm
  • Thu 8am - 7pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am - 7pm
  • Tue 8am - 7pm
  • Wed 8am - 7pm
  • Thu 8am - 7pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 22 years

The Runaway Fork, Psychotherapist, Owner, 2018 - Present
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2008 - 2018
Family Connections, Maplewood High School, Psychotherapist, 2006 - 2008
Survivors of Abuse, Psychotherapist, 2004 - 2006
Bellevue Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Counselor, 2001 - 2004
Sports Illustrated, Fortune Magazines, Production Manager, 1990 - 2000

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques Professional Skills 1, 2023
Reiki, 2nd Degree, 2022
The Original Intuitive Eating Pros, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, 2019
Reiki, 1st Degree, 2019
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Certified Mind Body Eating Coach, 2017
Person-Centered Resource Center, Person-Centered Therapy Training Certificate, 2009
Albert Ellis Institute, Primary Certificate in REBT and CBT, 2006
National Board for Certified Counselors, National Certified Counselor, 2006
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A., M.Ed. , 2002
Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. , 1989


Licensure

New York: 000782-01

New Jersey: 37PC00346200


Languages

English