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 pursue counseling/art therapy because I wanted to be able to support kids and teens in using art to navigate difficulties. It is important to me to encourage unique qualities I believe each person has, and I noticed that when people are under chronic stress, part of dysfunctional family systems, or experiencing trauma without support, we lose touch with our creative, connected selves and go into ‘survival mode,’ may act out in the classroom, struggle with addiction or depression…the list of pain points goes on and on. The road to becoming a therapist was both enduring and rewarding beyond what I had imagined. I became interested in what we as human beings can do about our pain and the pain of our communities, how we can work with it and dismantle obstacles to healing. While going through my training I have witnessed people transform after enduring years of symptoms related to traumatic upbringings, life events, losses, and addictions. My work has become a prayer for good in the world.

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.

If you are unsure if Marie is a good fit for you, please contact us or reach out to

Marie at 480.359.6296 | marie.thewell@gmail.com

and we will be happy to help you get set in the right direction.