Giusita Vitale

Be Collaborative Care
Mind-Body Program

by Michelle Vitale, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients in the Mind-Body program at Be Collaborative Care


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Graduate Students
Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Mid-life Adults

Specialties & expertise

  • Yoga and mind-body practice
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-compassion
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Stress management
  • Family issues
  • Relationships
  • Struggle for belonging
  • Cultural or international adjustments
  • Life transition and existential challenges / crises

Professional statement

Michelle Vitale runs the Mind-Body Program at Be Collaborative Care, which offers opportunities to complement treatment with nourishing mind/body practice. As part of a comprehensive treatment team, Michelle leads small groups (4-8 people) through a body-positive process featuring a blend of contemplative practices: gentle movement, breathing exercises, mindfulness and compassion practices, and creative exercises.

Michelle received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified yoga instructor and has rained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindful self-compassion. Michelle uses these experiences to help clients regain trust and comfort in their bodies. She works with teenagers, college students, and professionals at all stages of eating recovery.


Specialties

Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; regaining comfort in one's body during the recovery process
Self-compassion – A powerful tool for emotional resilience. Involves extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering
Anxiety & depression– Managing symptoms of anxiety and depression related to the process of recovering from an eating disorder
Stress management – Coping with the stress of life and change

General expertise

Family issues – Navigating family issues, sibling relationships
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Struggle for belonging – e.g. People moving from a new city or country; seeking belonging in relationships and through life transitions
Cultural or international adjustment – Navigating multiculturalism; cultural identity; transitioning as an international student or out-of-state student
Life transitions and existential challenges / crises – Adjusting to college, entering or exiting relationships, career transitions, navigating life challenges and finding direction, finding one’s path and voice especially when it differs from society's expectations


Insurances

Be Collaborative Care is not in-network with any insurances.

Out-of-pocket fees

Be Collaborative Care provides customized treatment for patients. To best accomplish this, Be is a private-pay center and does not accept or contract with insurance companies at this time. Upon payment to Be, we will provide receipts that can be submitted directly to your insurance company to receive out-of-network benefits. While reimbursements differ by insurance company, we will work with you to get the most reimbursement possible. 


Message to clients

"There is a growing body of research that is helping us understand that mindfulness and self-compassion practices are really helpful for people navigating eating recovery-in helping reduce anxiety, depression, and body image distortionIn the eating recovery process, it is really important to do work that invites you to create a sense of safety in your body, to re-establish trust in your ability to feel. And that's what our goal is here at Be Collaborative Care: to help you try out different tools, that are going to be invitations for you to  experiment- in a very safe way -nd to begin to reconnect and trust your own body." 



Education and work experience

Be Collaborative Care, Mind-Body Therapist, 2016 - Present
Private Practice, Counseling and Coaching, 2016 - Present
The Providence Center, Pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 2014 - 2016
UMASS Medical School, Certification track for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Yoga Alliance, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, 2009
NBCC, Nationally Certified Counselor

University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Counseling Psychology, 2014
Universidad del Desarrollo, Fulbright Scholar, 2011
Babson College, Bachelor in Business Administration, 2007


Languages

English
Spanish


Professional endorsements

How do you know this therapist? I was introduced to Giusita through a mutual friend. As a fellow counselor, Giusita has been a tremendous resource in the field, as well as someone I trust implicitly regarding case consultation and clinical support.

Why would you recommend this therapist? What makes them especially qualified? Giusita is such a positive force in the lives of those with whom she works. Her compassion, understanding, and mindful approach to working with clients is transformative, and her enthusiasm for life is palpable. Giusita has the ability to cultivate a real sense of safety for her clients, helping them to explore their hopes, challenges, and goals in a way that is supportive and deliberate.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? : Mindfulness, compassion, coaching, motivation, career, relationships
— Hallie Riggs, MSW, LCSW (2016)