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What is Survivorship?
Survivorship commonly focuses on your health and life as you return back to ‘normal’ after serious illness.
When you are being treated for serious illness, your whole life revolves around doctors, tests, treatments and side effects. Along the way you lose connection to your body as it is poked, prodded, tested and operated on. Everyone, even strangers can treat you as a patient in crisis.
When you finally get the all clear, your medical team says ‘Great! See you in six months’ and that is it.
But a lot has changed for you. There are emotional, physical, and social challenges as you transition back to wellness.
This is where Survivorship Coaching can really help you navigate changes in your own sense of wellbeing, re-setting your relationship dynamics and managing your to work arrangements.
Let’s face it, there are lot of private and personal challenges in your transition back to wellness.
It can feel like you have been on a journey to the mythical underworld and daylight is only just reaching you.
What you need now is some very practical tools to navigate the transitions you are facing. You are no longer a full-time patient. Now you are a person in recovery, remission and/ or managing chronic illness.
These private sessions are specifically tailored to where you are at, especially emotionally. You will learn practical tools for:
- healthy relationship boundaries
- how to free up your emotional energy while still ensuring you have top notch self care practices
- how to navigate work and family commitments while you may still be experiencing fatigue.
These skills will give you more confidence in all areas of your life.
Private Survivorship Sessions are held in my consulting rooms in South Yarra, Melbourne.
Interstate and International Private Sessions are held over Skype.
All sessions are for 90 minutes
Contact: Michelle Irving 0433 336 074
I have experienced two serious illnesses in the last 10 years.
At 35 years old I was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune condition which requires life-long treatment. At 45, I experienced a completely unrelated vertigo condition, which also requires ongoing medical treatment.
I have bed-bound twice since 2012, both times required extensive family and friends support. Each time I have physically recovered and successfully been able to make my way back into the world including returning to work.
I understand the depth of the emotional journey serious illness requires.
My work is based on my extensive training in meditation, authentic connection, embodiment therapy, Jungian archetypes and tantric practices. Most importantly, it is informed by my my lived experience of recovery and practical needs in managing chronic illness.
What women say
Breast Cancer Survivor
In a way, you build a cocoon of protection to survive, and you can’t let go of that until you are ready.
What Michelle was able to do was unfold that gently and it needs to be unfolded gently because it’s deep.
Central Sensitisation and Chronic Fatigue
I started to feel a lot better physically and then I began to feel extremely emotionally vulnerable. Michelle really understood the process I was going through.