Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in California with over 10 years of experience in mental health and substance use treatment. I work with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction, stress, and relationship issues. My experience includes providing therapy in outpatient and residential dual diagnosis programs and recovery programs in San Francisco. I earned my master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from San Francisco State University in 2009. My passion is helping others to achieve greater health and happiness in life, by letting go of negative thoughts and patterns and creating new insights and self-understanding. As a counselor I am engaged, supportive, intuitive, empathetic and a good listener. I enjoy working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds and welcome people from all walks of life. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to talk about your thoughts and feelings and can help guide you on your journey of self-discovery.
My theoretical approach to counseling is person-centered, strength-based, and eclectic, incorporating psychodynamic theory into treatment. I tailor my interventions to the individual and utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques to help identify and change negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I use reflective listening and look for patterns and underlying issues that may be the cause of distress, and work with clients on their goals.
I would describe my counseling style as authentic and caring, with a friendly and warm approach. I support my clients in developing healthier coping skills, and new ways of thinking and feeling. Learning how to communicate more effectively, practicing healthy boundaries and self-care can be helpful tools.
When working with addictions and recovery there are many underlying issues to be worked through and resolved, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. I help people to understand and cope with these feelings, which often have been buried for a long time. I support my clients with harm reduction or abstinence related goals and together we work through resistance and ambivalence. I understand that addiction and recovery are a process that takes time and that compassion is necessary. There is a lot of stigma, shame and fear associated with addiction and I provide a safe place to address your concerns.
Many of us have faulty beliefs that hold us back from having the life we want. I believe that we all have the potential to change and we all need support at times. Often, we feel stuck in old patterns and behaviors and it takes time to change. Sometimes we need to let go of old resentments or painful memories. By letting go of dysfunctional thinking and behavior patterns, we can create a healthier, happier life. I look forward to working with you and helping you through this process of healing.
- Anger management
- Self esteem
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy
LPCC #1222 (Expires: 2022-05-31)
Aparma Bell is an angel. She is so sweet and understanding and very helpful. I love meeting with her. She really has made life easier for me.
Aparna Bell is really great. She is caring and patient.
I appreciate how she listens to me and is patient with me. I believe working with her will help me get where I want to be.
Aparna is wonderful and supportive! I’ve been in therapy since I was a child and this is the first time I’ve really trusted and connected with!
I was thrilled to be connected with Aparna. She is deeply caring, attentive, responsive, supportive and friendly. She has been an invaluable help in dealing with stress and mental health during the pandemic and has helped me develop the skills and methods to respond.
Aparna is an amazing therapist and really listens to everything you say. I love therapy with her!
Aparna is the best friend you never knew you had.
She listens intently without judgement and makes you feel like you are special.
My few weeks with Miss Bell have changed my outlook for the better.
I would highly recommend this counsellor.
Love her she makes me feel very comfortable
Where we are as a society today doing phone counseling sessions...this has been the best experience!! Alarna has rescued me by reaching out when I don’t respond! I need help and she has been there even when I’m not!
I never thought I responded very well to gentle encouragement, support, and positivity, but was surprised at how well Aparna manages to make this style effective.
She is really fantastic- so helpful and really making impact for me.