About me…

I’m a highly sensitive person who identifies as LGBTQ+ and uses the pronouns she/her. My family and I love traveling, backpacking, playing with our pet cats and dogs, and eating lots of delicious food. As a mindfulness practitioner, I do my best to practice loving-awareness daily because it gives me refuge as I go through life. I was born in Mesa and raised near a place called ‘Dinosaur Mountain’ which is on the unseated land of the Akimal O’odham tribe. I have a nostalgic connection to the Superstition Wilderness – Arizona landscapes also show up in my art often! In my spare time you’ll catch me lounging outside, drawing, swimming, watching films or viewing beautiful art exhibits (often on Pinterest from my couch).

Why I became a therapist

At first, I chose to become an art therapist because I wanted to be able to support kids and teens in their creativity and self-expression. It is important to me to encourage unique qualities I believe each person has. I saw in my work in elementary and high school that people who struggle with things sometimes don’t have the words to describe what is happening. I learned over time that human beings lose touch with our creative, connected selves and go into ‘survival mode’ to deal with chronic stress, painful family or social dysfunction, oppression, stigma, or other traumatic experiences. During periods of survival mode we often act in ways that do not reflect our true nature and may do more damage over time as we carry unhealed wounds. We lose touch with our ability to express ourselves, feel overwhelmed by anxiety, mixed emotions, struggle with addiction or depression…the list of pain points goes on and on.

I persisted in my career because I have become passionate about the processes for working with pain and the pain of our communities, while dismantling obstacles to healing. The road to becoming a therapist was both enduring and rewarding beyond what I had originally imagined. While going through my training, I have witnessed people transform pain and experience relief. My work has become a prayer for authentic, loving, and creative families and communities.

What therapy looks like with me

With me it is about safety, flow, clear communication, and making space in the room for your thoughts, feelings, and present-moment bodily experience (to me, heart, mind and spirit are all included within the body). As an art therapist, I tend to invite visual art, writing, movement, and music in sessions frequently. I use an integrative approach that is informed by neuroscience, family systems, and trauma healing. I combine different techniques/modalities at the same time to fit your particular needs, to honor your unique story, to affirm your personality, and hold the pain points you experience with tender compassion as we explore methods of healing that fit best for you. My modalities: Expressive Arts Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Shadow Work, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion.

Trainings & Experience

Expressive Arts Therapist (Certification 12/2023)

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (Certification 12/2022)

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Trained

Internal Family Systems Informed (9/2022)

Adolescents age 12-17, Adults age 18-99+, LGBTQ+, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Codependency, Addiction, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety.

Marie offers Telehealth sessions for those whose primary residence is in Arizona.

For more information, please contact us or reach out to Marie:

Marie at 480.359.6296 | marie.thewell@gmail.com