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MS, LPC Aparna Bell

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Aparna Bell is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: MS, LPC
Years in Practice: 11
State: CA

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,


About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $60 to $90 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Dr. Bell is very attentive and speaks with you with patience and kindness.

Jan 11, 2023


She has helped me so much and has been the only therapist I have ever had that truly listens and doesn’t see me as just an appointment. I can’t give Aparna enough praise because of what she has done for me. She is truly amazing!!!

Dec 17, 2022


Dr Bell is amazing! She is empathetic and authentic. She listens very well and gives me a safe space to vent. She sends me work sheets that give me clarity and solutions.

Nov 22, 2022


I have been working with Aparna for over two years. In that time, she has helped me work on my anxiety, anger management, familial issues and co-dependency. She is a great listener and she makes it easy to open up and be vulnerable. Honestly the best therapist I have ever worked with.

Oct 25, 2022


She is very observant and listens very well. And is really helpful. I really appreciate her input.

Sep 26, 2022


Aparna is very warm and easy to talk to. She has great ideas to help different situations.

M.I.·Aug 18, 2022


Aparna is like the close friend that you can always confide in! She is very empathetic and friendly. Talking to her has helped a lot.

M.E.·Aug 17, 2022



K.A.·Apr 28, 2022


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.

J.E.·Oct 23, 2021


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

K.A.·Oct 13, 2021


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.

R.E.·Jun 02, 2021


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!

D.A.·Apr 28, 2021


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.

R.Y.·Mar 30, 2021


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

H.Y.·Mar 11, 2021


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.

O.L.·Nov 08, 2020


Love her she makes me feel very comfortable

T.A.·Oct 24, 2020


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!

T.A.·Oct 07, 2020



D.A.·Sep 01, 2020


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.

T.H.·Aug 29, 2020


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

M.A.·Aug 22, 2020


Aparna Bell offers counseling online via BetterHelp

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