About Mindful Wellness AZ

About Mindful Wellness Arizona Therapy

Mindful Wellness of Arizona was founded in 2017 out of a desire to create a solution focused and person-centered natural and holistic approach to therapy.

We are dedicated to developing meaningful partnerships with individuals and families in order to provide a personalized journey towards emotional wellness.

Here at Mindful Wellness of Arizona, we are passionate about working in conjunction with the community and other professionals to assist in promoting growth and maximizing personal potential.

Meet Our Therapists

Jessica Sisson

Owner and Clinical Director, MA, LPC, NCC, DBTC

Jessica Sisson, MA, LPC, DBTC, NCC is an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Independently Licensed Professional Counselor. She received a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University, Arizona and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Jessica is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and is trained and experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and Comprehensive Energy Psychology (CEP).

Jessica created Mindful Wellness of Arizona out of a desire to provide quality, client-centered, and holistic counseling to individuals in a compassionate and integrative manner.

Contact Jessica for more information at info@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Angeline Reine

Counselor, MA, LPC

Making the decision to go to counseling can be a nerve wracking and scary step. Which is why, I meet my clients where they are on the personal level. My clients know me to be very personable and easygoing — I want them to feel more relaxed from the absolute start of the counseling relationship.

As your therapist, I work with you using a non-judgmental and warm approach to assist in accomplishing your goals. In addition, once we have a comfortable rapport established, I look to give you challenges — that we overcome together — for helping in strengthening your personal growth.

We all understand life can be overwhelming at times. This impacts our relationships and ability to manage day-to-day stress and tasks. This is why I take a solution-focused strategy and utilize a variety of approaches in counseling to assist clients in meeting their personal goals. When working with children for example, I have a reputation for a “think-outside-the-box” path when coming up with effective interventions. Over the last 10-plus years, I have counseled children, adolescents, and adults in depression, anxiety, mood instability, substance abuse, as well as relationship issues.

I utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, I am certified in Emotionally-focused couples therapy. I look forward to working with you as you take the step in beginning the next chapter of your journey!

Contact Angeline for more information at Angeline@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Diane Pedretti

Counselor, MA, LPC

Taking that first step towards getting help is a courageous one. I invite you and welcome you into a space that is non-judgmental, a space where there are no biases or assumptions. My goal is to provide a safe place to share your concerns and begin a journey of self-care and healing and of discovery.

I use a variety of approaches in counseling including strengths-based ideas, which can teach us that we do have control even when we feel most vulnerable. I often use therapeutic expressive art to explore creativity, which initiates change. Drawing, painting, pastels, journal work, movement, and music can be incorporated into sessions.  I am  motivated and passionate about teamwork and reaching goals together.

Contact Diane for more information at Diane@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Mara White

Therapist, LMSW

I am an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Licensed Master Social Worker with 10 year’s experience working in the interpersonal trauma and mental health fields, and received my Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. I have specialized in working with adolescents and adults who have experienced sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence, and am trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I utilize other approaches to therapy as well, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Integrative, and Holistic therapy. 

I understand how life experiences, including trauma, can manifest in ways that impact varying aspects of your life. This is why I focus my practice on working with adolescents and adults who have or are experiencing trauma, adjustment, eating disorders, attachment, depression, anxiety, addiction, and burnout/secondary traumatic stress. I take a holistic approach to promote physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing. 

I know how important it is for my clients to be able to maintain autonomy over their choices in therapy. When you take that courageous step to begin therapy, you are beginning a journey towards a life you want. I am here to join you on your journey, offering guidance to navigate, tools and skills to take with you now and in the future, and support to help you overcome obstacles and challenges along the way. I am looking forward to working with you on your journey towards healing and wellness!

Contact Mara for more information at Mara@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Katie Tufi

Therapist, LCSW

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing in the mental health field since 2008. During her career, she has worked in various settings and with individuals of all ages. She has treated conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, OCD, Mood Disorders, Self Harm, Grief and Loss, Behavioral Disorders, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Parent-Child conflict, and many others.

She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques through modalities and approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Somatic interventions, The Nurtured Heart, Conscious Discipline, and more. Katie has advanced training in CBT and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and is a Certified Family Trauma Professional.

Katie has a history of working to connect her clients with supports in their community and feels strongly about advocacy. She believes in using a client-centered approach to provide custom-tailored treatment, to best meet the needs of the individual or family.

Katie knows how challenging it can be to reach out for help. She is passionate about creating a warm and caring environment and a safe, therapeutic relationship with her clients in order to be successful in counseling. She truly looks forward to helping you feel well and accomplish your goals.

Contact Katie for more information at Katie@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Mindful Wellness Arizona Therapist Colleen Nunez-Whitman

Colleen Nuñez-Whitman


Making the decision to seek help shows both strength and vulnerability which is the first step to making positive changes in your life. In my own life, I have worn many hats as an educator, school counselor, and for the last three years a licensed therapist. I am a certified as a Licensed Associate Counselor in good standing with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Native to Arizona, I attended Arizona State University for my Bachelors in Family Studies, attended University of Phoenix achieving my Masters in Education, and Grand Canyon University achieving my Masters in Counseling. Through this educational journey, I have also experienced the loss of my husband, single-motherhood, and the inspiration of four children who are now in adult-mode.

As a therapist, using a trauma informed lens when treating clients from all walks of life, I am direct, yet compassionate in my approach. My teaching background, care management on interdisciplinary teams, school-based and individual therapy continues to be a part of my journey. I am proficient with adolescents and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance use/abuse and relationships.

The modalities I engage include, but not limited to are solution-focused, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Skills, polyvagal theory, and narrative therapy. I engage in a hands-on, not one size all fits, safe, non-judgmental approach in counseling using strength-based strategies to meet individuals where they are.

Contact Colleen for more information at Colleen@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Beverly Carter


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over two decades of behavioral health experience, I am committed to supporting emotional and mental wellness as well as healthy, connected relationships. I have extensive experience working with adults, children, and couples. Although, most of my work has been in general mental health and mood stability, I have extensive training in trauma/loss/grief. I have a passion for working with couples/relationship work connection. Providing a safe and supportive environment is very important during vulnerable and difficult circumstances. If you find you are suffering from loss, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or life transitions please feel free to reach out via email or call.

Your treatment will be individually tailored to meet your specialized needs. I do very much enjoy working with diverse populations and cultures. My education includes a BSW and MSW in Social Work from Arizona State University. My specializations include Cognitive Behavior (CBT), Acceptance Commitment (ACT), EMDR, and/or Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) Therapies.

I do understand therapy is a commitment of time and money. It takes great courage and vulnerability to reach out for help. Please feel free to call or email any questions or concerns you may have.

Contact Beverly for more information at Beverly@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Irish Britson Counselor at Mindful Wellness AZ

Irish Britson


Irish Britson, MS, LAC is an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Licensed Associate Counselor. She received a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Capella University. She has been practicing in the state of Arizona since 2017.

Irish is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Trauma.

Her approach is client-centered, where there are no judgements or biases. She believes in a strength based approach.

Contact Irish for more information at Irish@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Sarah Drummond


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have been practicing in the mental health field since 2006. During my career, my primary focus has been working with adolescents and families. I have specialized in working with trauma and am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT). I am also certified in The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) and incorporate the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. I have also worked with a variety of other mental health areas, including mood, grief and loss, self-harm, family relationships, and more. I also incorporate Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

It is my honor to work with you and recognize the bravery it takes to reach out for help and support. It is important to me to build a trusting relationship, meeting the client where they are at, and to go through this process together. I want you to feel safe and empowered as you go on this journey.

Contact Sarah for more information at Sarah@mindfulwellnessaz.com

Our Arizona Therapy Services

Couples Therapy

happy couple holding hands after Couples Counseling in Mesa AZ

Couples therapy can help any couple develop tools and achieve goals of being happier and staying together. It’s not too late! Click below to find out how our licensed therapists use the Gottman Method to help hundreds of “happy again” couples, like you, every year.

Trauma & Grief Counseling

A clear path ahead after Grief Counseling and Trauma Therapy in Mesa AZ

Overcoming trauma or grief can be a long road. Having professional help can help you recover more quickly and completely. Click Below to learn more about how our expert counselors can use modern techniques like EMDR or DBT to help you get thru it.

Play Therapy

Happy Family Recovering after Play Therapy for Children in Mesa AZ

Helping kids and teens can be difficult from a guardian role. Many times an outside voice or alternative method can help a heal our kids when they need it most. Click Below to learn how safe and comfortable methods like play-therapy can make all the difference for your child.