Ariana received her Master of Science in Counseling degree, with a specialization in play therapy, from the University of North Texas, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
Ariana’s professional focus is working with children and their families to create positive change through prevention and early intervention. Her experience includes Child-Centered Play Therapy, group play therapy, expressive arts therapies, activity therapy, and filial therapy. Ariana is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has a special interest in the integration of EMDR and play therapy. For more information about EMDR, please visit www.emdria.org/?page=emdr_therapy.
Ariana utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling and believes that establishing a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship is fundamental to the change process. 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 symptoms including anxiety, phobias, depression, emotional dysregulation, aggressive behaviors, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, self-harm, and many more. It is through counseling that these blocks can be removed and the individual can continue moving towards their full potential. Ariana also considers developmental factors and the presence of organic disorders when working with her clients and always tailors treatment to best fit the client’s needs.
Ariana lives in South Austin with her partner and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys taking yoga and fitness classes, exploring the outdoors, and finding ways to practice creativity.
Ariana is an out-of-network provider with many health insurance plans and can provide an invoice for possible insurance reimbursement.
Hill Country Therapy & Testing 1021 RR 620 S, Ste B Lakeway, TX 78734 512-551-9356