EDUCATION & TRAINING:
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist! I
received my Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and
my Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion from Appalachian State University and am proud
to call myself a born and raised North Carolinian.
I commit to working with folks from all different walks of life. From a culturally humble and
LGBTQ+ affirming posture, I focus my work on adults and young adults (ages 18+). By utilizing a
person-in-environment and strengths-based approach, I begin by conceptualizing my clients by
examining the many elements in their lives that contribute to their whole self. I believe that each
of us are the sum of our parts and each of those parts whether its race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or faith or religious tradition, should be handled with care and curiosity. While examining the factors in the client’s environments that may be impacting their presenting problem, I also consider how these factors offer the client unique strengths that can be drawn from to improve their treatment.
Through an attachment theory foundation, I encourage clients to consider how they relate and connect to the primary figures in their lives and how that impacts their present day wellbeing. From this foundation, I utilize multiple evidence-based forms of therapy to intervene with my clients and address their presenting problem. Such forms of therapy that I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I do not believe in a one size fits all approach so I will utilize interventions from some if not all of these forms of therapy in an attempt to provide a holistic pathway of growth and healing. Issues that I treat in therapy are:
Religious Trauma & Other Religious Issues
Mild-Moderate Substance Use
Interpersonal Conflict Issues
Life Transitions & Adjustment
Identity Conflict & Development
Career Development & Burnout
Grief & Loss
Therapy can be an intimidating and vulnerable process for anyone regardless of life’s circumstances. While you may feel apprehensive to reach out for therapy, I can promise that I will do my very best to ensure you have every ounce of safety to bring your true self to the therapy room. I commit to working with my clients as a team where together we can address the challenges you are currently facing.
Jonathan operates his own private practice, JBell Counseling Services, and is a member of Trinitas Services.
MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS