Aparna Bell, Therapist in California — Zencare
Aparna  Bell

Aparna Bell

She/Her/Hers

Master of Science, MS - Mental Health Counseling Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
California Accepting Online
Updated May 12, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Codependency
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Aparna Bell is a licensed professional clinical counselor based in San Francisco, California. She has over 12 years of experience helping adult individuals overcome substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and low self-esteem. She is experienced in helping people develop communication skills and healthy boundaries in relationships. Aparna is engaged with her clients, offering a safe and nonjudgmental space. She welcomes people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Aparna's approach is person-centered, strength-based and utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques and psychodynamic approaches. She is collaborative and supportive, and meets the client where they are. Aparna is genuine and empathic, and she enjoys helping people in their journey of healing and self discovery. In addition to working in private practice she has experience providing case management and substance use counseling at outpatient and residential programs in San Francisco.

If you are struggling with mental health, addiction or relationship issues, Aparna will help you identify feelings, triggers and new coping skills. She can help you identify patterns of thinking and behaving that could be holding you back from making positive changes in your life. In therapy you can develop the skills you need to achieve greater happiness, healthier relationships and control over your own life. Please remember that you are worth the effort.

Thank you for taking the time to look for a therapist that is a good fit for you, and best of luck in your journey!


Message to clients

Hello,

Welcome to my private practice. I hope we can work together to identify your goals and work on finding solutions. I am passionate about helping others and enjoy seeing the positive changes in the clients I work with. I have helped many people with self-esteem and relationship issues, such as codependency and communication problems. I am a good listener and I have a warm and caring approach. I believe that building a strong therapeutic relationship in therapy can help the healing process. When you can be yourself and feel accepted, healing and change can happen.

I believe we all have the ability to change, but we often feel stuck and unsure of what to do. I think by talking honestly and openly in therapy clients are able to find their own solutions and insights. It's my honor to guide my clients through that process. My hope is that you will feel comfortable and find my approach nonjudgmental and accepting. I think it takes a lot of courage to begin therapy and I congratulate you on taking that step! Please don't hesitate if you have any questions regarding my practice or therapy.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Aparna Bell, LPC


Specialties

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Self-esteem - Developing healthy and positive beliefs about self. Building communication skills and healthy boundaries which can lead to feelings of empowerment and self-confidence. Understanding the roots of low-self esteem and working to dispute negative thoughts and faulty beliefs.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Aparna Bell is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $120

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note


Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1:00-4:00
  • Tue 9:00-5:00
  • Wed 1:00-4:00
  • Thu 10:00-5:00
  • Fri 1:00-4:00
  • Sat 10-1:00
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Bayview Hunters Point Foundation, Care Manager, 2018 - 2020
BAART, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2015 - 2018
Baker Places, Inc, Residential Counselor, 2014 - 2014
The Salvation Army ARC, Substance Abuse Counselor, 2009 - 2012

San Francisco State University, M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, 2009
San Francisco State University , B.A. Psychology, 2000


Licensure

California: 1222


Languages

English