Kristie Bell 

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #126784

​​Tel: 626-720-4069


You may have been contemplating therapy for some time or perhaps you are going through a transition in your life, facing a difficult decision, or simply feeling lost, depressed, anxious or just generally out of sorts. I believe that we all have an essential wisdom that can guide us on the road to healing and to living a vibrant and authentic life. I view my role as being a companion along the way to help you reconnect with your own innate wisdom and knowledge, where as we all can become disconnected, whether from trauma, suffering, or too much distraction. This can rob you of the inner quiet necessary to view your life sanely. We must give ourselves the space to long for and hunger for that deeper aspect of ourselves; therapy is one path to accessing that space.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.  

-Mary Oliver

I view symptoms as messengers that have something to say if one can become still enough and curious enough to listen. Symptoms offer us an opportunity, if taken, to reorient our lives, to pay attention to what life is asking of us; to listen for that which is calling us. They are asking us to become present to ourselves. 

My approach is to work relationally while bringing a depth psychological perspective to the process. The task is not necessarily to eradicate symptoms but rather to grow in inner strength and maturity in such a way that one’s capacity to navigate and make meaning from the inevitable suffering of human life begins to grow and expand. By creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment, I provide a space for individuals to begin to unearth self-defeating behaviors and patterns and begin to access their own inner wisdom.  

I received my master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychology. I have experience providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples focusing on…

  • processing trauma and grief 
  • working with depression and anxiety 
  • exploring attachment and relational patterns 
  • navigating life transitions 
  • developing self-compassion, self-esteem, and self-acceptance 
  • recognizing and shifting limiting self-beliefs
  • learning to set boundaries
  • improving communication
  • recovering a sense of meaning and purpose

I am registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#126784). I am supervised by Gary D. Pearle, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. #30246.

I am a certified kundalini yoga instructor and have training in mindfulness meditation, core shamanism, and non-violent parenting and communication. I value the power of the imagination and creativity. I also have a love for animals and the natural world. 

Fee: $120 for individuals per 50-minute hour, $150 for couples per 50-minute hour. I also have spaces available for sliding scale based on financial need.
Contact: 626-720-4069



One of the greatest tasks of therapy is to reintroduce a person to his or her [or their] daimon—the individual yet transpersonal dimension which drives us, wants something of us, and constitutes our linkage to largeness.

-James Hollis

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