A virtual mindfulness and Compassion Practice Circle for Graduate Students


This eight-week virtual group offers a space for graduate students to explore personal and relational challenges and grow into more helpful ways of relating to self and others, while learning a practical foundation of relational mindfulness and compassion skills. Participants may choose to continue our group on an ongoing basis.

It's a deeply nourishing space featuring:

- compassionate meditation

- compassionate journaling

- group processing

Members help co-create a connected and supportive space to practice and strengthen self-awareness, self-compassion, healthy communication, assertiveness, boundary setting and overall relational wellness.

In groups, the interplay among participants provides a rich practice space to better get to know and improve how we relate to ourselves and others.

As group sharing unfolds, members practice being present in their bodies, connecting to and vocalizing their emotional experiences with others, and experience being seen and heard.

Commonly explored topics might include self-doubt, anxiety, stress, depression, family issues, dating, career concerns and interpersonal relationships.

You’ll emerge from this group with a more compassionate understanding of your own relational patterns and better practiced towards deeper connection, to help you nurture healthier and happier relationships throughout your life.

Enrollment includes:

-Individual initial meeting to clarify your goals for the group

-Eight weekly group meetings

-Individual final meeting to clarify and integrate lessons learned from the group

To apply for this group, please contact Michelle.

Group Therapist

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.

Michelle Vitale

Michelle Vitale is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor and coach in Providence, RI working with adults navigating transitions or challenges in their lives, work, or education. She offers sessions in English or Spanish, and she also offers remote therapy sessions.

This practice circle runs two times per year: Spring cohort starts every February; Fall cohort starts every October.

Rhode Island, USA

$80 per session; accepting Brown Student Health Insurance (out-of-network benefits may apply from other insurance providers); limited sliding scale spots available based on need