Michelle  Riley

Michelle Riley

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Coventry practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Existential challenges and life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Michelle is a counselor and yoga instructor in Coventry, RI. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and owns her own yoga studio, Simplify Yoga, where she also offers therapy services. Michelle uses mindfulness techniques to help individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, anger issues, and relationship challenges. She sees many women in their 40s and 50s who are transitioning in life, as well as young adults.

Prior to starting private practice, Michelle worked at Butler Hospital's Inpatient Dual Diagnosis & Partial Hospital Program as well as CODAC Behavioral Healthcare. She received her MA in holistic counseling from Salve Regina and her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Rhode Island.

Message to clients

Each of us experiences a unique journey in life. Our life journey presents many challenges and obstacles. At times it is difficult to face this journey alone, especially when you don't have a support system. Therapy is a safe environment for addressing the challenges in life that seem unmanageable. A healthy therapeutic relationship based on genuine acceptance and unconditional positive regard can promote positive change. My goal is to empower you to take charge of your life, discover your purpose, and begin living a life in which you are emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy.


Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders

Depression - Tearfulness, lethargy, feeling down, serious depression

Anger - Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships

Existential challenges and life transitions - Questioning purpose; finding one’s path and voice; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions

Relationships - Responding to an emotional reaction to a particular event with colleagues, bosses, and/or family members; feeling unsatisfied in your romantic partnership; breakups, friendships, dating

Nutrition counseling - Nutrition counseling

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present


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


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $120 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $120
  • Initial session: $175 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $120 (45min)

Therapist's note

Michelle charges a $75 missed appointment fee.

Michelle can offer invoices for out-of-network reimbursement from insurance companies.


Coventry practice

577 Tiogue Avenue

Coventry, RI 02816


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Work and Education

Private practice, 2016 - Present

Butler Hospital, Inpatient Dual Diagnosis & Partial Hospital Program, 2014- Present

Simplify Yoga, Owner & Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, 2008 - Present

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Outpatient Counselor , 2013 - 2016

RI Air National Guard, Fitness Manager & Training Manager, 2000 - 2007

Salve Regina University, CAGS, Holistic Counseling, 2014

Salve Regina University, MA, Holistic Counseling, 2013

University of Rhode Island, BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, 2007



Professional endorsements

Paul Christopher, MD

Michelle is an incredibly kind, insightful, and skilled therapist. She listens intently, patiently, and without judgment. She embodies not only the warmth and authenticity that immediately put people at ease, but also the expertise and intelligence to help people make real and lasting changes in their lives. She has my highest endorsement.

Kristen Acciari, LICSW

Having both a yoga instructor and mental health background positions Michelle uniquely to offer support and promote inquiry in ways that speak to somatic, emotional, and spiritual levels of awareness.

Stephanie Wemm, MA

I would recommend my clients to Michelle without reservation. She meets the client where they are at in readiness to change and expertly weaves mindfulness and motivational enhancement techniques with cognitive behavioral interventions. Michelle is also skilled at assessing clients needs and plugging them in to the appropriate services.

Client testimonials

"It was nice speaking with Michelle. She was very accommodating and understanding with appointment times. I look forward to meeting with her soon."

- Prospective client • December 2019