Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Specialties & expertise
Yoga and mind-body practice
Anxiety & depression
Struggle for belonging
Cultural or international adjustments
Life transition and existential challenges / crises
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.
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
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
Be Collaborative Care is not in-network with any insurances.
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 distortion. In 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."
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy.
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