Ariana Stern-Luna, M.S., LPC, RPT
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~ Carl R. Rogers
Ariana believes that we all have the innate ability to move towards healing. Just as our physical bodies heal from physical wounds, our internal systems move towards mental and emotional well-being. Unfortunately this natural process can become blocked by trauma, adverse life experiences, and/or negative beliefs. These blocks often lead to challenging symptoms including anxiety, phobias, depression, emotional dysregulation, aggressive behaviors, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, self-harm, relational issues, and many more. It is through counseling that these blocks can be removed and the path towards healing can continue.
Ariana offers professional counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults. She views the therapeutic relationship from a Person-Centered Therapy lens, which recognizes the power that each person holds to create change through a felt sense of understanding and acceptance. Ariana graduated from the world-renowned play therapy program at the University of North Texas, where she gained intensive experience in working with children and families. She is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with a strong foundation in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Her approach is grounded in the understanding that children utilize the medium of play, rather than language, to achieve personal growth and positive change within their lives. Ariana is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based approach that helps the brain reprocess memories and experiences in order to decrease the emotional charge associated with them. Ariana hopes that EMDR can help individuals of all ages work through past trauma and/or adverse life experiences, assisting them in changing any negative beliefs that may have developed surrounding these events. Expressive arts therapies and mindfulness-based counseling may also be integrated within Ariana's counseling services, as appropriate for the client. Ariana always strives to meet the client where they are and to tailor treatment to each individual.
Area of Expertise Days/Hours Available Rates
Person-Centered Therapy Monday - 12:30pm - 7:30pm $125 Initial Session
Child-Centered Play Therapy Tuesday - 2:30pm - 6:30pm $115 Following Sessions
Filial therapy/Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Wednesday -11:30am - 6:30pm
Group Play Therapy Thursday - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Expressive Arts Therapies
LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice