Michelle Riley, LICSW

Michelle Riley
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Kripalu Yoga Teacher, KYT

Accepting new clients (updated May 1, 2017)

Michelle is an incredibly kind, insightful, and skilled therapist... She embodies not only the warmth and authenticity that immediately put people at ease, but also the expertise and intelligence to help people make real and lasting changes in their lives."

- Paul Christopher, MD (2017)

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Chat briefly to ensure a good match before a full appointment. (Free)

1 Verify insurances & fees.

2 Book a phone call!

If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Michelle here.

    About Michelle

  • Expertise in mindfulness techniques, anxiety, depression, relationships, and life transitions
  • Rigorous clinical work experience at Butler Hospital Inpatient Dual Diagnosis and Partial Hospital Program and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Takes an eclectic approach to therapy individualized to each client, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Mindfulness
  • Works with yong adults and adults
  • Owns her own yoga studio, Simplify Yoga

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Michelle is a counselor and yoga instructor in Coventry, RI. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and owns her own yoga studio, Simpify Yoga, where she also offers therapy services. Michelle uses mindfulness techniques to help individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, anger issues, and relationship challenges. She sees many women in their 40s and 50s who are transitioning in life, as well as young adults.

Prior to starting private practice, Michelle worked at Butler Hospital's Inpatient Dual Diagnosis & Partial Hospital Program as well as CODAC Behavioral Healthcare. She received her MA in holistic counseling from Salve Regina and her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Rhode Island.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"Each of us experiences a unique journey in life. Our life journey presents many challenges and obstacles. At times it is difficult to face this journey alone, especially when you don't have a support system. Therapy is a safe environment for addressing the challenges in life that seem unmanageable. A healthy therapeutic relationship based on genuine acceptance and unconditional positive regard can promote positive change. My goal is to empower you to take charge of your life, discover your purpose, and begin living a life in which you are emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private practice, 2016 - Present
Butler Hospital, Inpatient Dual Diagnosis & Partial Hospital Program, 2014- Present
Simplify Yoga, Owner & Yoga Instructor, 2008 - Present
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, Outpatient Counselor, 2013 - 2016
RI Air National Guard, Fitness Manager & Training Manager, 2000 - 2007

Salve Regina University, CAGS, Holistic Counseling, 2014
Salve Regina University, MA, Holistic Counseling,  2013
University of Rhode Island, BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, 2007

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Anger – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders
Depression – Tearfulness, lethargy, feeling down, serious depression
Existential challenges and life transitions – Questioning purpose; finding one’s path and voice; adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions
Relationships – Responding to an emotional reaction to a particular event with colleagues, bosses, and/or family members; feeling unsatisfied in your romantic partnership; breakups, friendships, dating

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Parenting –  Navigating parent-child interactions; creating structure and limits, and establishing expectations of behavior
Substance abuse –  Managing tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol use
Nutrition counseling
Overeating and binge eating – Emotional eating, binge eating; support for individuals considering and/or undergoing bariatric surgery

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
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. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From New England Institute of Tech
12min drive/Uber

From Brown / RISD / JWU
25min drive/Uber


Michelle is an incredibly kind, insightful, and skilled therapist. She listens intently, patiently, and without judgment. She embodies not only the warmth and authenticity that immediately put people at ease, but also the expertise and intelligence to help people make real and lasting changes in their lives. She has my highest endorsement.

What topic(s) would you recommend clients to this therapist for? Substance abuse, anxiety, depression, nutrition, life transitions
— Paul Christopher, MD (2017)
Having both a yoga instructor and mental health background positions Michelle uniquely to offer support and promote inquiry in ways that speak to somatic, emotional, and spiritual levels of awareness.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-discovery, somatic awareness, existential questioning
— Kristen Acciari, LICSW (2017)
I would recommend my clients to Michelle without reservation. She meets the client where they are at in readiness to change, and expertly weaves mindfulness and motivational enhancement techniques with cognitive behavioral interventions. Michelle is also skilled at assessing clients needs and plugging them in to the appropriate services.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance use, anxiety, dual diagnosis, mindfulness, motivational interviewing
— Stephanie Wemm, MA (2017)