The Transition to Wellness Workshop Program
The Transition to Wellness program addresses an unmet need in the survivorship landscape, when patients complete active medical treatment and need practical support to emotionally integrate back into ‘normal’ social and working life.
The Program is a series of four half-day workshops available in-house for organisations. The program is designed to help women regain their emotional confidence after they complete active treatment and move into survivorship.
- Regain confidence in solving their own problems
- Re-establish autonomy and trust their capacity to make their own decisions
- Reset relationship dynamics and re-establish healthy boundaries
- Manage their energy and social commitments while prioritising self-care
- Adjust and manage their return to work arrangements.
In addition, an in-house Introductory Workshop is offered free to health services in Victoria. Details of the this workshop are provided below.
Free Introductory Workshop
This introductory workshop for health service clients provides women with on practical strategies for regaining their emotional confidence as they transition to their new ‘normal’ after serious illness.
The key focus of the workshop is on women finding their own mature answers within. The workshop includes a range of practical and experiential elements.
Participants work through a series of individual and small group exercises.
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My core focus is helping women regain their emotional confidence after serious illness. I help you transition from seeing yourself as a ‘patient in crisis’ into an equal partner in your relationships, and being able to manage your self-care while you return to work.
I am comprehensively trained in authentic connection and communication, intimacy and relationship coaching, embodiment practices and group facilitation. I have also completed professional training with the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre.
Most importantly, my work is informed by my my lived experience of recovery and practical needs in managing chronic illness.
Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune condition which requires life-long treatment. Five years ago, 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
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 & 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. She helped me understand what I was feeling was normal. And that gave me the confidence to get on with the next steps
I have been a long term sufferer of migraines. After working with Michelle in one session, I noticed a lot of the tension I had become use to for over 20 years actually had a cause that could be understood.
She was able to point me to my own bodily responses to thinking and talking about certain things. She got hold of some very important things and it really helped me release the long term tension.