Michelle Vitale, Therapist in Rhode Island — Zencare
Michelle  Vitale
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Michelle Vitale

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Certified Yoga Instructor
Pennsylvania Not Accepting Online
Rhode Island Accepting Online

For virtual individual therapy, currently accepting private pay clients only. For virtual group therapy, currently accepting participants with new cohorts starting during Fall and Winter 2022.

Updated September 19, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Artist / Entrepreneur mental health
  • Women’s issues, including women in STEM-related fields
  • College, graduate, and medical student mental health
  • Consciously navigating life/work transitions
  • Cultivating healthy relationships with self and others
  • Cultural adjustments, migration trauma, multiculturalism
  • Emotional resilience with mindfulness and self-compassion

Professional statement

​Michelle Vitale (she/ella) is a Holistic Psychotherapist and Coach. Michelle specializes in a trauma-sensitive style of therapy informed by somatic embodiment, mindfulness, and compassion. Her intention is to support your healing journey towards embodied, compassionate, whole-hearted living. In her work, she centers the ongoing cultivation of your capacity to feel, sense, trust and enjoy your body's sovereign wisdom.

Michelle offers individual counseling and coaching. She also guides group sessions, as she believes the interplay between and among group participants can create exponential possibilities for growth and positive change.

Based on her own lived experience with immigration and multiculturalism, Michelle specializes in centering multicultural identities and the life-long effects of immigration trauma across generations. Her work centers on the importance of deepening a sovereign sense of belonging to ourselves.

Additionally, based on her previous background in business and research at the intersection of social enterprises and women's leadership, Michelle particularly enjoys supporting executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners in cultivating their emotional resilience and compassionate self-leadership.

Michelle was born and raised in Venezuela, in a biracial family, and immigrated to the United States as a teen. Spanish is her native language. She received her Master's in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania with a course of study focused on Multicultural Counseling. Prior to her work in counseling, she studied Business Administration at Babson College, worked in the private sector, and spent a year researching women’s leadership in Santiago de Chile as a Fulbright Scholar. She offers sessions via secure video, to people living in RI. Sessions can be in either English or Spanish.


Message to clients

I believe we can all benefit from the support, structure, and accountability of a skilled compassionate companion that can hold space for us to be just as we are. As your compassionate companion, I will join you in this part of your journey to help deepen your self-exploration and learning. We will work together to bravely and kindly learn more about you, cultivate your capacity to feel and trust your body's emerging wisdom, discover patterns supporting or inhibiting your well-being, explore what is possible for you, and help you move in a direction that feels fulfilling to your heart. Along the way, I'll be right there cheering your strengths and reminding you that "just like you" all of us in these wise human bodies experience difficulties; you are not alone. And eventually, our work together will feel complete as you feel a renewed sense of being at home in your own body and sense your own answers emerging with ease. It will be my deepest honor to walk alongside you as you deepen your connection to your own wisdom.


Specialties

Artist / Entrepreneur mental health - Cultivating compassionate self-leadership for conscious stewarding of the life and business you love.

Women’s issues, including women in STEM-related fields - Women’s health, motherhood, child-free living, confidence, relationships and dating, navigating divorce, finding one's voice, shame resilience, making time for yourself and healing your energy, career management, etc. Working with women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields facing personal or professional challenges.

College, graduate, and medical student mental health - Navigating transitions and pressures in balancing workload, high demands, school and personal life, and career exploration.

Consciously navigating life/work transitions - Strengthen courage and compassion skills to explore current challenges, create possibility by designing what’s next, and define how you want to inhabit your next phase

Cultivating healthy relationships with self and others - Increasing self-compassion, confidence and assertiveness, trust in relationships, and improving relational dynamics with others

Cultural adjustments, migration trauma, multiculturalism - Healthy transitions into new situations or environments, building cultural awareness, improving ability to interact across differences, navigating multiculturalism, cultural identity. Including work with international students

Emotional resilience with mindfulness and self-compassion - Improving your ability to adapt to changes, challenges, and stressful situations, while cultivating a braver and kinder sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-acceptance




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $250

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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Private Practice, Counseling and Coaching, 2014 - Present
Be Collaborative Care, Mind-Body Therapist, 2016 - 2019
The Providence Center, Bilingual Clinical Counselor, 2014 - 2016

Yoga Medicine, Currently pursuing 500 Hrs Yoga Certification, 2022
Education for Racial Equity (ERE), Somatic Abolitionism Training Program for Therapists and Coaches with Resmaa Menakem and Carlin Quinn, 2021
The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Training for Deepening Mindful Self-Compassion Practice, 2020
Genesis Healing Institute, Liberation Academy Training for White-Bodied Mental Health and Allied Practitioners (cultivating the next generation of decolonized mental health practitioners), 2020
IFS Institute, Internal Family Systems (IFS Circle), 2019
The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Training in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), 2015
University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Counseling Psychology, 2014
NBCC, Nationally Certified Counselor, 2014
UMASS Medical School, Training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), 2014
Universidad del Desarrollo, Fulbright Scholar, 2011
Samudra School of Living Yoga, Certified Yoga Teacher, 2009
Babson College, Bachelor in Business Administration, 2007


Languages

English

Spanish


Therapy Groups

Michelle  Vitale
A Virtual Mindfulness and Compassion Group for Graduate Students

This 4-week group + practice circle provides a connected and supportive space for graduate students to explore mindfulness and compassionate skills to cultivate emotional resilience.

Michelle  Vitale
A Virtual Mindfulness and Compassion Group for Entrepreneurs

This 4-week group + practice circle provides a connected and supportive space for entrepreneurs to explore mindfulness and compassionate skills to cultivate emotional resilience and compassionate self-leadership.


Client testimonials

"Working with Michelle restored my faith in therapy and in myself. She has taught me so many practices that I use every day to stay grounded and compassionate. I love that I can apply what we learned together by myself and with my loved ones outside of our sessions."
- Zencare client • August 2021
"Michelle is absolutely incredible. I've been seeing therapists for over 10 years, and she's the best provider I've ever had. She is truly compassionate and caring towards her clients. I felt like I was always heard, acknowledged and always learned something new. She's constantly working to develop new skills and to improve her work and client relationships. I would say she was especially great helping me transition out of college and helping me heal some childhood immigration trauma. Therapists like her are truly hard to find."
- Zencare client • August 2021
"Michelle was warm, attentive, and thoughtful during our phone call. She listened to me speak a little bit and then immediately had ideas about how we might work together. I am eager for my first session and the conversations to come."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"Very welcoming and warm, made me feel at ease instantly and was very clear about the services she could offer me."
- Zencare client • November 2019
"You can really connect to her as a person and she helps you achieve specific goals in self-improvement."
- Brown University alum '19 • September 2019