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The Nova Luna Process

How Transformation is Realized:

The Birth of a New Moon

The new moon begins in darkness, as is often the case for individuals beginning the journey of healing and recovery. When a person initially seeks support and guidance, they may have experienced a loss, trauma, or be in transition in their lives and searching for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.  Or, they may be experiencing more intense difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and other more serious emotional issues and behaviors.

Likewise, at the new moon there is only a sliver of light that can be seen around the edges of the darkened moon. As the lunar cycle progresses, more and more light is visible as the moon grows in luster. This metaphor mirrors the process of transformation and change over time. As an individual moves from the darkness of their unconscious, hidden self into awareness, clarity, and inner knowing, they become full: emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

The moon has long been associated with intuition and the cycles of life, death, and rebirth. The moon controls the tides of the great sea: ebbing and flowing, rising and falling as the deep emotions within ourselves — ever-changing, yet constant.

So the sliver of hope of the 'Nova Luna' can transform and grow as the psyche is healed through multidisciplinary processes, which may include individual, group, and family therapy, nutritional counseling, trauma resolution, experiential therapy, and other modalities tailored to our clients' individual needs.

Nova Luna Process Parameters

  1. Priorities

  2. Punctuality

  3. Promises

  4. Privilege

  5. Permission

  6. Perseverance

  7. Patience

  8. Practice

  9. Play

1) Priorities

You and your healing are the number one priority.  Prioritize yourself and your treatment- here’s how:


2) Punctuality

Show up. On time. You are worth it.  Being late for yourself and others is a reflection of not prioritizing yourself.  See #1.  You are your priority.


3) Promises

Promises are agreements you make to show up for yourself to receive healing which is your #1  priority. And you will show up at your appointed time which you have made a promise to do - because you are worth it.


4) Privilege

It is a privilege to be here at Nova Luna and receive support and healing.  You choose to be here.  You are privileged because we are here and you are here and together with other like minded people you are here to receive what you need to learn to express your gifts and magic to the world.


5) Permission

Permission is allowing yourself to receive; to show up as you are no matter what.  You give yourself permission every day every hour, and every minute because you are worth it.

Some of the “Tools” of the process


6) Perseverance 

This is the showing up and not giving up on yourself and your process.  No day is the same.  Sometimes it’s harder than you expected.  Sometimes everything flows.  It really is an ebb and flow process.  The sun will rise in the morning - It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life.  Trust this. Persevere.  You are worth it.

7) Patience

Fast is slow with the process of healing.  You will get “there” faster if you take it slow - pace yourself.  Take your time.  The road is beneath your feet and one step at a time will turn into thousands of miles figuratively speaking.  Like a car traveling at night with its headlights on, you only need to see a few feet ahead to get where you are going.  The destination will arrive if you stay the course.  The destination isn’t an endpoint. It is patience with the process of your life. Be patient with yourself and the process.  An oaktree starts from an acorn but eventually over time it grows to full majesty and beauty.  And so will you. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It took over 1000 years.


8) Practice

This living is a practice.  Healing is a practice.  And it takes practice to “learn” yourself well.  It is a practice to embrace yourself in any given moment, and it takes practice to do so.  An illustrative bit of humor:  How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice.  A practice can become a ritual.  Honoring yourself in a  consistent and caring way, day after day, year after year.  Like weaving a tapestry, You become. (not more or less)  You become because you are.  And you are worth it.


9) Play

How do you play?  Why is it important? You play to give expression to yourself to experience joy and laughter.  Because being human can be hard and life can be hard and healing can be hard.  Playing is what allows all things to come into being. Playing is an expression of Love.  For yourself.  For the joy of it.  Because You are You and only You can play you perfectly. Play is the warp and weft of the web or tapestry of life.  It weaves all together joyfully.  With Love.  Play, though the last process parameter is what allows your unique expression to have a voice in this world.  Play is an expression of Freedom.  And whether you know it or not, “You are always Free” 


…And this final one is my Present to You

10) Presence

Be Present. Be here now. There’s only one place that is real and it is in the now. Everything that is happening is happening in present time. When we are one with the now, everything that is in this given moment, gives us presence and presents - gifts. The gift of being here and now. 


If you are here in the present, you are in presence. You are not in the past and not in the future because those things are not in this moment. They are either in the past, having already happened, or in the future that has yet to be revealed. 


So be here now. Stay present. 


Presence is the act of being in the moment with yourself and everything and everyone around you. Bring your awareness to this moment and embrace it because that’s all there is - this moment, this time. 


Being present means being aware. Awareness: using all of your senses to be aware of what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you taste, what you touch. 


Then there is the awareness that comes from the inner knowing that is accessible when you are present and in presence. This knowing can help you tap into the Claire’s: clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and these are accessible to you in every moment. So notice, be aware, allow, be curious and trust that in each moment This is all there is. And it is perfect.



Michelle Villanti


A selection of reflections from previous clients who have experienced the Nova Luna Process:

"Nova Luna tailors treatment to serve each individuals needs. This program helped me take back my life that trauma stole from me at age four. Everyone involved held my hand, while challenging me to overcome this particular trauma. The therapists provided many outlets to express my emotions, and tools to help me stay healthy throughout the rest of my life."

— L.B. 27

"Everyone at Nova Luna supported me and accepted me no matter what, which created the foundational trust that allowed me to keep working at my recovery. Through the tools and insights they shared with me I came to know myself as a creative and passionate woman. I cannot say it was easy, but through the process I moved beyond seeing myself as a ‘survivor’ and began to thrive."

— K.K. 29

"After ten years of living in this nightmare of an illness, I found Nova Luna. This program gave me a chance to live my life to its full potential. Recovery for me is in knowing that I am good enough and that I am so much more than what I look like." 

— N.L.  24

 "I am so grateful to have found Nova Luna. When I met my therapist, I knew I finally found a safe place. She gave me hope that there is light at the end of the darkness."

— S.M. 35

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