Mary Lou Wise, LCSW
Mary Lou has been working with young adults and adolescents for 30 years. She grew up on the shores of Bear Lake in southeastern Idaho, where she was at home in nature. She has skills in treating addiction issues such as substance abuse and dependency, eating disorders, gaming addiction. She has skills in working with people with issues in grief and loss, underachievement, oppositional disorders, as well as a wide range of mood disorders. Her strength as a therapist lies in her ability to connect quickly with clients and use the therapeutic relationship to motivate change and desire to seek the best within themselves and reach their highest potential. Her clients love her for her straightforward and honest approach. She is direct but compassionate and caring.
“My goal as a therapist is to help my clients determine what it is they truly want from life, to recognize their true potential, and to create a life they love and take pride in. I believe we all need to live with intent.”
Mary Lou understands the parental perspective. “One of the greatest rewards of my work, is to help families heal, and to give parents back a child well on their way to a bright and healthy future. I love getting a letter or email from a student or family whose child is living successfully and happily after making necessary but difficult changes.” She believes healing comes from heartfelt and honest communication and authentic relationships.
In her free time Mary Lou loves to travel and to continue to enjoy the outdoors. She loves all outdoor activities, particularly water sports. She and her husband, David, have been married for 29 years. They have four children, a rotating assortment of dogs, and two incredibly adorable grandsons.