Hi, my name is Kristina Bell. Thank you so much for visiting BrightStar Counseling Services website. I want to take this time to tell you about myself. I was born and raised right here in South Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology & my Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. I began my career in social services working at a treatment facility for male sex offenders. I then started working at the Medical University of South Carolina at the Institute of Psychiatry. My work here allowed me to work with children & adults suffering from a variety of mental health disorders. I then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I was afforded the opportunity to work with women taking control of their substance abuse addiction. In 2005, love brought me back home. After getting married, I returned to the work force & began working at a group home for male & female adolescents, experiencing emotional problems/behavioral issues. After a few years at this facility I started working at South Carolina Department of Social Services, Intensive Foster Care Division, as a Service Coordinator. Here, I worked with various ages for approximately six and a half years where my responsibilities included ensuring that all clients received help and assistance they needed while in our care and as they transitioned out of our care. At this time, I decided to further my career & obtain my licensure as a Professional Counselor. I began working with Department of Mental Health working with adults, children, & adolescents, eventually becoming a supervisor. After four & a half years, I transitioned to a pediatric office working with children & adolescents.
Throughout my journey in social services, I always had a heart for helping others. Each assignment has helped me use my education and hone my skills with a wide range of clients. In March of 2019, Brightstar Counseling Services was birthed! Now I’m doing what God has purposed me to do! I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Let’s get to work!!