Michelle  Vitale

Michelle Vitale

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Practice: Be Collaborative Care
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Waitlist Online
Updated December 16, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • College, graduate, and medical student mental health
  • Women’s issues
  • Women in STEM-related fields
  • Navigating transitions in life and work
  • Cultural adjustments, migration trauma, multiculturalism
  • Strengthening healthy relationships with self and others
  • Strengthening emotional resilience
  • Mindfulness + self-compassion
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Giusita Michelle Vitale (pronouns she/ella) is a licensed counselor and coach offering remote sessions to clients living in RI or PA. Michelle works with adults navigating transitions or challenges in their lives, work, or education, and her practice aims to help clients transform their challenges into opportunities for greater learning, possibility, and growth.

Her work with clients blends both compassion and practical skills that holistically support personal and professional development; her clients build clarity, confidence, and take bold action in a fulfilling direction.

Michelle offers individual counseling, coaching or a blend of both. Additionally, Michelle holds group sessions, as she believes the interplay between and among group participants can create exponential possibilities for growth and positive change.

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 Masters 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.

Her sessions are remote, secure video sessions that can be in either English or Spanish.


Message to clients

When navigating life challenges and changes, we can all benefit from the support, structure and accountability of a skilled compassionate companion. As your compassionate companion, I will join you in this journey of exploration and learning. We will work together to bravely and kindly learn more about you and the patterns supporting or inhibiting your growth, explore what is possible for you, and help you move in a direction that feels fulfilling for you.


Specialties

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

Women’s issues - 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.

Women in STEM-related fields - Working with women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related fields facing personal or professional challenges.

Navigating transitions in life and work - 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

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

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

Strengthening emotional resilience - Improving your ability to adapt to changes, challenges and stressful situations

Mindfulness + self-compassion - Cultivating a braver and kinder sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-acceptance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200

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
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Nirvana Health
Therapist's note

Michelle is not in-network with other insurances, but she can assist you in processing claims for out-of-network reimbursements.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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

University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Counseling Psychology, 2014
Universidad del Desarrollo, Fulbright Scholar, 2011
Certified Yoga Teacher, 2009
Babson College, Bachelor in Business Administration, 2007
NBCC, Nationally Certified Counselor
UMASS Medical School, Certification track for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


Languages

English

Spanish


Therapy Groups

Michelle  Vitale
A virtual mindfulness and Compassion Practice Circle for Women

This 8-week practice circle for women blends restorative yoga with talk therapy and other creative expressive practices to improve emotional wellness and increase resilience in times of transition.

Michelle  Vitale
A virtual mindfulness and Compassion Practice Circle for College Students

This 8-week group + practice circle provides a connected and supportive space for undergraduate students to explore mindful and compassionate skills to support personal and relational challenges.

Michelle  Vitale
Virtual Creative Pause: for creative care of self and community

As we move through heavy times, Creative Pause is a free, virtual gathering for meditation and creative explorations in a community setting.

Michelle  Vitale
A virtual mindfulness and Compassion Practice Circle for Graduate Students

This 8-week group + practice circle provides a connected and supportive space for graduate students to explore mindful and compassionate skills to support personal and relational challenges.


Client testimonials

"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

"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

"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