Karilyn (Kay) Bela (she/her)

Pre-Licensed Professional
Accepting Clients

Congratulations on taking this step toward getting support! I'm here with you, so you feel safe & confident in your mental health recovery.

Counselor in Lancaster, PA

  • Individual
  • Group

About My Clients

"My mental health has taken a turn for the worst, but I’m the one who helps other people.” Sound like you? If so, depression and anxiety can show up when we are constantly stressed with unhealthy relationships & boundaries. We feel guilty asking for help, so we say we’re “fine”—and almost believe it— but when we hide our issues, we can find ourselves drinking more, experiencing anxiety attacks, and/or contemplating ending it all. What you're experiencing is evidence that it's time for a change.

My Background and Approach

I have 15+ years cumulative experience as a mentor, teacher, life coach and therapist, but I've also personally dealt with depression, suicidality, anxiety, alcohol abuse, codependence & recovery. I also lost my brother to alcohol when I was 13 and experienced a mental health crisis in 2015. I know firsthand how life can feel scary, lonely & confusing. Maybe you feel uncertain about therapy, but you are worth giving it a try. During our time together, we work on valuing yourself & your needs, reframing toxic belief patterns, & communicating boundaries so you can finally settle into a relaxed, balanced life. Some sessions we may work on a goal for trying a new coping skill, journal process or tough conversation. Other times, we may just process a tough situation, emotions, grief or trauma in a safe space.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe the characteristics that set us apart can also bring us together. As the wife of an Albanian immigrant and an avid traveler doing volunteer work in humanitarian organizations, I am no stranger to diversity. I love to celebrate each person's unique perspective. I see beauty, creativity, and strength in diversity. This world would be a much better place if we could listen and learn from one another. We have so much to learn and so far to go, but each day I hope we can open more conversations and grow in our acceptance and understanding of others. I am very supportive of women's equality, plant-based/vegan nutrition, LGBTQ, and empowering the oppressed and depressed. We have a voice, it's time for us to use it to bring about incredible change in this world. :) You're not alone, love. :)

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Rate: $97 - 127/session

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