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Welcome to my Blog!

Hi! I’m Jerry Wise. I have been working in the area of therapy, consulting, and training since 1979. I have been associated with Mark Smith, director of Family Tree since the mid-1970’s. I joined Family Tree Counseling Associates several years ago. I have degrees in political science, music, psychology, theology, marriage and family therapy and religious education and church history. Over the years I have been a pastor, a Bishop, a professional musician, factory worker, certified medical coder, vocal teacher, auto harp teacher, marriage and family therapist, business owner, chemical dependency counselor, social worker, and organizational consultant. One thing I have enjoyed and found the most helpful to digging my life out of the quicksand of Codependency, low self-esteem, and addiction, has been a strong family systems approach to healing. Murray Bowen, the grandfather of family therapy and family systems, has helped me to understand myself and my relationships more than any other perspectives. Over the years many have said the insights from a family systems approach have helped them tremendously. I would like to inaugurate (this blog began back in the 1990’s) this blog as a conversation about applying family systems approach to those of us desiring to

• get unstuck

• find and use our voice

• overcome codependency

· find and experience a real sense of self

· • experience staying connected while being ourselves

I would like to support those who are looking to understand their relationships and why we do what we do with others in our marriages and relationships, at church, at work, in all our social interactions. Welcome to a new blog “Systems for Living.”(1990’s) If you choose to take this journey with me, I guarantee, you’ll never be the same. Join me and others in the quest for a real self and a real life. If you want to contact me, call me at

317-919-6264 or

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