Aparna Bell

(MS, LPC)
Therapist Aparna Bell Photo

About Me

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.

Thank you,

Aparna


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 11

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPCC #1222 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Reviews

Written by J.E. on Oct 23, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

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.

Written by K.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Aparna Bell is really great. She is caring and patient.

Written by R.E. on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

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.

Written by D.A. on Apr 28, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

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!

Written by R.Y. on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

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.

Written by H.Y. on Mar 11, 2021 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Aparna is an amazing therapist and really listens to everything you say. I love therapy with her!

Written by O.L. on Nov 08, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and bipolar disorder

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.

Written by T.A. on Oct 24, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Love her she makes me feel very comfortable

Written by T.A. on Oct 07, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

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!

Written by D.A. on Sep 01, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

Awesome!

Written by T.H. on Aug 29, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

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.

Written by M.A. on Aug 22, 2020 after therapy with Aparna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She is really fantastic- so helpful and really making impact for me.