Information for Healthcare Providers

The Basics: Western medicine has taken great strides in addressing diseases and trauma. It continues to move forward with technological breakthroughs and diagnostic testing. It focuses on curing physical illness and disease utilizing evidence-based research and outcomes.

The Problem: For reasons not yet identified, people continually defy medical odds. Placebos confound the most rigorous of experiments. Personal beliefs and emotional resilience or lack thereof, influence the time it takes to heal. Emotional distress, environmental frustrations, and other non-physical issues threaten the physical wellness of patients. These are components that doctors can't address in the typical office visit.

The Solution: Provide an additional resource to patients that will address this gap. Integrative Wisdom is that resource. Given today's crisis in the managed health care industry, it is no surprise that health care providers do not have the luxury of taking time to really sit and have a conversation with their patients. Economically, it is not feasible to sit with a patient and ask them about the stressors or concerns beyond their physical health. Yet there is more and more science-based evidence that demonstrates the link between emotional stressors, spiritual despair and physical illness. Women especially are prone to stress-related illnesses including depression and anxiety. Women especially benefit from having someone to talk to, to listen and reflect back their cares and concerns.

Additionally, the mental health field may not be the appropriate response to these cares and concerns. There is a stigma attached to seeking support when it is couched in mental illness terminology. And, the truth is that most of the time women's concerns do not fit the diagnosis of a mental illness. They may better fit the description of "the worried well".

This is where Integrative Wisdom can help your patients. Taking the wisdom from traditional medicine, along with the new knowledge of the mind body connection, Integrative Wisdom brings the individual's personality, life situation, and personal concerns together in one session. Using a vast array of tools such as the relaxation response, creative arts, breathing practices, etc. an individual is guided to create their own unique Integrative Wisdom Wellness Plan™.

The Plan: Empower your patients to take greater responsibility for their health…physical, emotional, and spiritual. Guide them to understand there is a possible connection between their medical issues and their beliefs, their lifestyle, and their choices. Educate them on how important their emotional state is to helping their bodies heal. And, finally, equip them with a resource to assist and guide them as they determine what plan is right for them…what practices they will most likely integrate into their daily life.

Please share the Integrative Wisdom resource with your female patients as you feel will benefit them. To feel confident about offering them this resource, please read my bio and contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to helping you keep your patients well…body, mind, spirit and soul.

The Benefits: Your patients will return to you feeling more confident and in charge of their health. They will feel inspired to make life style changes that impact their physical, emotional, and overall well-being. They may require less costly interventions, enhancing your practice's bottom line. They will thank you for sharing such important information with them and look up to you as a doctor of wisdom and one that cares about them in all aspects of their lives.

Meet Verna Fisher

I'm Verna Fisher, the imagination and heart of Integrative Wisdom.

Professionally, I have a BA in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work. I graduated at the top of my class Summa Cum Laude as an older student and I was the President's Scholar in my discipline of Social Work at California State University Long Beach. I am a certified Life Coach with B-Coach University. I am a Reiki Master and I am a minister for the Universal Life Church Monastery, an online spiritual community.

While completing my MSW I was led to the vast arena of what was then called Alternative Medicine. I knew we must learn to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit if we are to be whole. I knew we must learn to live from that deeper place of existence, our essence, or what I call the soul. When we do that, we are guided and led to choose wholeness over fragmentation and our lives flourish.

After graduation, I started Wisdom Works, a life coaching practice for women and men. I was blessed to experience how using many of the practices I wrote about in my thesis provided healing and a sense of peace to those who came to Wisdom Works for coaching. In 2005, I was inspired to move to Escondido California, in order to establish a healing center. It took a year to find the right place and then a few years to remodel the small barn which was destined to become The Center of Creative Transformation. Along the way I still coached and I still offered healing sessions. After The Center of Creative Transformation was completed, I began offering weekend retreats to small groups of women.

During this process I also started working as a hospice Social Worker. Working with the dying and their loved ones has informed my current practice, Integrative Wisdom. I have seen that we must not wait to claim our essence, our joy, our gift of life. We just don't know how much time we will be given in this one precious lifetime and we must take steps now to live this life fully and completely. Integrative Wisdom is based on knowledge gathered from my education, training, and experience, as well as the latest insights I have gained since working in the field of death and dying, grief and loss.

Any questions, please contact me at 562.505.0778 or online at VernaFisher@IntegrativeWisdom.org.

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Using a vast array of tools such as the relaxation response, creative arts, breathing practices, etc. each individual is guided to create their own unique Integrative Wisdom Wellness Plan™.

INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

For reasons not yet identified, people continually defy medical odds. Placebos confound the most rigorous of experiments. Personal beliefs and emotional resilience or lack thereof, influence the time it takes to heal. Emotional distress, environmental frustrations, and other non-physical issues threaten the physical wellness of patients.