About Me

Michael Brian Ivy, MSW, Ph.D.

Master Social Worker
Certified Master Life Coach
Certified Master Recovery Coach

Michael is a driven, charismatic and passionate Master Life Coach on a quest to help people heal holistically, discover themselves and reclaim their balance and power in life.

Michael is  also a trained Grief Recovery Specialist, Relapse Prevention Specialist, Certified Master Recovery Coach, Stress Management Coach, Holistic Life Coach, Anger Management Specialist and Hypnotherapist.  Such an eclectic background of expertise in different – yet highly interconnected – fields is a testimony of his motivation and passion for helping others through his work; not only offering  solid practical support, but also a warm and personal handful of spiritual insights, where requested.

Michael is an interactive, solution-focused Master Recovery Coach. His approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

You can learn more about Michael professionally by checking out his professional resume.  If you would like to learn a little more about what led me to where I am today on a personal basis, please click here.

Please note:  His private practice and Recovery On Demand are not listed on this resume, purposely.


“At my rock bottom, Michael reminded me that the only way to go from here is up – that’s just what I did! I have been clean for over a year and I finally feel free. I am a work in progress and I love the upward momentum I am creating in my life with Michael’s help.”

Ryan Valenger

My Life Journey

I am Michael Brian Ivy (formerly Michael Brian Misenheimer), Founder and Visionary behind Recovery On Demand.  I graduated with honors in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in mind-body connection.  I later earned a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding.  I then became a Certified Life Coach and obtained my Doctorate in Life Coaching (Learn More About Life Coaching here).  At my graduation, a friend gave me a copy of the book, Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work.

While grateful, I was confused because I thought, like most people, that social workers took babies (Learn More About Social Work here).  However, I devoured the book in a matter of hours and was hooked.  It was my first realization that I has always been an integrative social worker and wanted to explore it further.  A firm believer in setting goals, I went back to school and earned a 2nd Master’s degree in Social Work.  Not bad considering I was a high school dropout!!

Over the years, I have earned national and international credentials as a Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Georgia.  I have also obtained over 20 coaching certifications throughout the years.  I am a firm believer in doing my own work and continuous learning which not only enhances my personal life but makes me a better helper so I can fulfill my mission in life.

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Values That Guide My Work

All human beings deserve access to the resources they need to deal with life’s problems and to develop their full potential.

All human beings deserve to be treated with respect and dignity as they move through the journey of where they are vs. where they want to be.

“I believe in valuing people, especially clients, as we all want to know we matter. It is my job to honor the qualities that make you who you are. It is my job to show you respect and love. It is also my job to show up authentically as we work together for as I show up authentically, it gives you permission to do the same.” – Dr. Michael Brian Ivy

Philosophies That Guide My Work

Members of my tribe are capable of making their own decisions and choices.

Members deserve to be inspired, uplifted and motivated so they feel empowered to create the life they want.

All work worth me, whether in person or on demand courses, emphasizes health, strengths and enhanced well-being.

Change and growth are goal directed. You are capable of learning new skills, knowledge and approaches to creating the life you desire.

“Many of us were never taught the fundamentals of creating a life we love. Instead we go through our day-to-day lives taking what life is handing us instead of proactively creating the life we desire. We have the right to co-create our journey. We have the right to go after our dreams. We have the right to live the lives that feed our mind, body, soul and Spirit.” – Dr. Michael Brian Ivy

A Few of My Roles In Your Journey


My job is to help you clarify a vision for your life and then hold the vision and you accountable as you work toward reaching your goals.


I am a teacher as I provide you with the tools and resources to increase your quality of life and enhance your well-being through on demand courses and other opportunities.


Many people do not have a support system that will allow them to make changes they need to reach their goals.  It is my job to cheer you on and help remove barriers as you work through your journey.


Many times there is a conflict about who you are, what you want and where you to want to go.  My role is to help you release the ambivalence so you can step up in and into the person you were born to be.

“Change and transition are hard especially when we do not have the right support to guide us on our journey. My role in working with clients is to help them solidify their vision and work toward goals which will help propel them forward in fulfilling and uplifting ways.” – Dr. Michael Brian Ivy

A Few of My Creative Endeavors

“One of my creative outlets is designing and implementing courses, e-book, meditations, workshops which uplift and inspire. There is enough negativity out in the world which can hold us back and prevent us from living our best life. When creating, I ensure that my outlet uplifts and heals. It is my contribution to the healing and betterment of the world.” – Dr. Michael Brian Ivy

Professional Affiliations

I enjoy belonging to professional associations as they guide my work. They also offer professional ethics which I use to guide my practice. By adhering to a Code of Ethics, I remain in alignment with who I am and what I should be doing with clients. To learn more about my Social Work Code of Ethics, please click here. To learn more about my Spiritual Direction Code of Ethics, please click here. Make sure whomever you allow to share your journey is adhering to a Code of Ethics so you feel protected and confident you are working with a true professional.

I don’t share these accomplishments to brag but I believe you deserve to work with someone who is dedicated to their craft. This way you know I have done my work as I cannot ask you to do something I myself have not done.

Any services provided on and through this website are intended to be coaching in nature. While I am a trained, experienced, master level social worker who specializes in psychotherapy and master addiction counselor who specializes in recovery, I may or may not be licensed in your state to practice as such. Should you have any questions about what services are being provided, please contact me.