About Me

Karolina Lazarov

My name is Karolina Lazarov. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Behavior Specialist. I was born in Poland where I earned my first graduate degree in Applied Psychology. When in Poland, I was trained in Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness. I had a chance to work at the Youth & College Students Counseling Center and State Police Headquarters mentoring, diagnosing, and counseling police officers while using Trauma Informed Care as my treatment framework. I also gained excessive training in Postpartum Depression / Baby Blues during my Post-Graduate fellowship at the County Public Hospital and became involved in a research project studying prenatal attachment between mothers and their unborn children, as well as, the healing process of mother’s psychotherapy after birth of a child

To advance my career, I decided to move to Philadelphia where I obtained my second graduate degree in Professional Counseling Psychology and became a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Behavior Specialist. I was trained in Mindfulness, ACT, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as, perinatal and postpartum related disorders and difficulties with transitioning and adjusting to the new life demands.

For the past 10 years, I have been working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with adjustment, life transitioning, depression, anxiety, OCD, perinatal disorders, relationship difficulties, family conflicts, and parent-child struggles in a variety of settings, such as Tree of Life Outpatient Behavioral Clinic, Presbyterian Children’s Village, Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment – E/D and Mood D/O units, PA Mentor Wrap-around, and Estadt Psychological Services.  As a Behavior Specialist, I have been working with children and teenagers diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, emotional and social difficulties, as well as, adjustment and transitioning issues. 

As a foreigner myself, I use my multicultural background in every day practice and strongly believe in empowering teenagers, young adults, mothers, and professionals, struggling with adjusting and transitioning to new stages in life and its demands.  I counsel college students and young adults who tend to feel lost and overwhelmed with school, careers, and life decisions that they need to make. I cooperate with immigrants and foreigners coming from diverse populations and backgrounds who need to adjust to living in a foreign country far away from their families and friends.

I am highly trained in perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International and I am currently preparing to take the exam to obtain a Certification in Perinatal Mental Health through PSI, as well as, becoming a Certified Happiest Baby Educator. I am listed as a Motherfigure and PSI provider, and belong to Mahmee Network to support and improve maternal and child accessibility to healthcare. 

 I have been featured in many Polish newspapers and magazines, as well as, Philadelphia Inquirer and marriage.com portal as the featured expert on issues including: postpartum period and maternal mental health, transitioning into adulthood, and adjusting to social distancing and quarantine in times of pandemic. 

I am fluent in Polish and I am highly engaged in helping Polish community in Philadelphia and surrounding areas! 

Currently, due to COVID-19 pandemic, I only provide Teletherapy/Video sessions for clients residing in PA.

Monika Koptyra

My name is Monika Koptyra. I obtained my first Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from the prestigious SWPS Social Sciences and Humanities University in Warsaw, Poland. To advance my career I moved to Philadelphia where I received my second Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from La Salle University.
I am Licensed Behavioral Specialist with over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics and IBHS. My professional work provided me the opportunity to work with individuals across the life span in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, career counseling, parenting, stress, anger management, self-esteem, or sleep problems. I have been working with children and adolescents with special needs, as well as, those experiencing mental, behavioral and emotional difficulties.

In my professional practice I emphasize a holistic, integrative, and dynamic approach to mental health. I utilize variety of techniques and skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavior Modification, Mindfulness and Relaxation.

I believe in empowering my clients to find their strengths and to use them to sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. I focus on identifying all aspects of a person’s life that impact their well-being, such as: physical health, support systems, work or school environment, and spirituality. My main focus is to motivate my clients to find courage to seek growth, improve their well-being, and help them to reach their full potential. I strive to provide every client with individualized experience and provide space for reframing own life story.

As a foreigner myself, I use my multicultural background in every day practice and strongly believe in empowering kids, teenagers, young adults, mothers, and professionals, struggling with adjusting and transitioning to new stages in life and its demands.  I counsel college students and young adults who tend to feel lost and overwhelmed with school, careers, and life decisions that they need to make. I cooperate with immigrants and foreigners coming from diverse populations and backgrounds who need to adjust to living in a foreign country far away from their families and friends.

Currently, I am preparing to take the exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am also providing supervision to Behavioral Specialists, Mobile Therapists and Behavioral Health Technicians through IBHS. I also teach Polish language at St. Adalbert Polish Language School in Philadelphia. I am strongly involved in the Polish community where I provide pro -bono consultations for those who experience stress related to life changes and accommodating to the new demands of the environment.