Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Coach, LMHC
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments; initial session is free of charge to ensure a good fit
Remote video sessions available for therapy.
Students: undergraduate, graduate, medical, international
Specialties & expertise
Holistic, mind-body approach
Mindfulness and compassion
Building emotional resilience
Building healthy relationships with self and others
Navigating transitions in life and work
Student mental health
Michelle Vitale is a licensed counselor and coach working with adults navigating transitions or challenges in their lives, work, or education. Her practice aims to help clients design what’s next and 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 received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her work in counseling, she studied Business Administration at Babson College, worked in the private sector (PricewaterhouseCoopers), and spent a year researching women’s leadership in Chile as a Fulbright Scholar.
Her sessions can be in either English or Spanish, and she provides remote therapy sessions as well as in-person.
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.
College, graduate, and medical student mental health – Navigating transitions and pressures in balancing workload, high demands, school and personal life, and career exploration.
Cultural adjustments - 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.
Women’s issues – Women’s health issues, motherhood, child-free woman, confidence issues, relationships and dating issues, navigating divorce, finding one's voice as a woman, 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.
Building healthy relationships with self and others – Increasing self-compassion, confidence and assertiveness, building trust in relationships, and improving relational dynamics with others
Building emotional resilience - Improving your ability to adapt to changes, challenges and stressful situations.
Self-compassion – Cultivating a braver and kinder sense of self; increasing assertiveness, confidence, and self-acceptance.
Stress management – Strengthening stress management skills to better cope with life or work stress.
Brown University Student Health Insurance
Michelle is not in-network with other insurances, but she can assist you in processing claims for out-of-network reimbursements.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual sessions: $150/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
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."
Treatment approachesHolistic, mind-body approach
Compassion Focused Therapy
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Counseling and Coaching, 2016 - Present
Be Collaborative Care, Mind-Body Therapist, 2016 - Present
The Providence Center, Bilingual Clinical Counselor, 2014 - 2016
UMASS Medical School, Certification track for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Certified Yoga Teacher, 2009 - Present
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
Spanish (native speaker)