Welcome to Care Therapy Online
Video sessions from the comfort of your home anywhere in California.
Hi there! I’m Elle
and I’m a licensed clinical social worker, thanks for stopping by my page to learn a bit more about me. My long-term struggles with depression and anxiety I experienced from childhood abuse and a life-threatening illness led me into therapy but left me wanting to help others overcome anxiety and depression too so I became a therapist to be the kind of therapist I never had: someone who will not only listen and understand but provide education and strategies for coping with anxiety and depression effectively. I’ve always been an advocate and empath at heart and helping people overcome challenges and learning to embrace both the good and imperfect parts that make them unique are also reasons that led me to become a therapist.
As I tell my clients, I’m a human first before a therapist so here’s a little bit of about me that makes me a human. I love sticky rice, milk tea boba drinks, and have a legitimate obsession with understanding the motivations of human behaviors and criminology. My fantasy job would be a criminal investigator or criminal psychologist but I’m also too chicken to go beyond watching crime shows. My husband and I are currently converting a school bus into our tiny home on wheels to travel across the country and we absolutely can’t wait to get on the road next year!
P.S. I know how important it is from personal experience to find a therapist who fits. That’s why I offer a complimentary 20-minute session so we can get to know each other. Feel free to call or text me at 949-441-2273 to schedule a complimentary session.
Elle Lee, LCSW
Clinical Areas of Focus
Anxiety & Depression
I specialize in various symptoms of anxiety and depression such as:
Anxiety: You worry often and overthinking about worst case scenarios happening to you. You tend to have negative thoughts and judgments about yourself and have difficulty controlling your worries or fears. You feel anxiety in your body and anxiety affects your life and how you feel about yourself. You constantly feel on edge, fatigue, irritable, have trouble concentrating and sleeping.
Depression: You feel sad and down most days. And most of the time, you feel shame, worthlessness, and guilt. You have trouble staying motivated and getting things done and tend to have persistent negative thoughts that make you feel bad and hopeless. You have trouble concentrating, oversleep, overeat or not eat at all sometimes. Feeling depressed keeps you stuck from moving forward and you feel helpless to the vicious cycle depression keeps you in.
Other challenges that arise from these areas: low self-esteem, lack of motivation, self-doubt, people-pleasing, codependency, and passive/aggressive communication and poor boundaries.
KidneyFailure & Dialysis
Perhaps you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve been dealing with kidney failure for a long time now. Dialysis is a lot to deal with emotionally, physically, and mentally. It’s a hard doing dialysis 3x a week and sitting in an uncomfortable chair for several hours. Kidney failure changes your life, diet, and schedule so it’s normal feel anxious, down, worried, and frustrated. You don’t have to deal with it alone and you certainly don’t have to stop living the life you want because of it. I help you discover new ways to cope, move forward, and live a meaningful life even while on dialysis.
Who I work with & Therapy Approach
One of the most important aspects of therapy to me is building trust and connection with you while providing a safe space to help you explore, process, and heal. My approach involves a combination of education and teaching you evidence-based strategies that target your pain points and challenges.
I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a proven evidence-based treatment effective at changing harmful thinking patterns and behaviors. I also utilize additional evidence-based treatments, specifically ACT and DBT and tailor them to your specific challenges to help you improve and achieve the goals you have for therapy.
As your therapist, I’ll develop a practical and structured treatment plan for you to learn tools/strategies that work for you while providing clear explanations to help you understand your unhelpful patterns. We will work collaboratively together and everything we do in therapy is discussed and agreed upon.
My goal is to help you graduate from therapy feeling confident and equipped with effective strategies to manage your mental health successfully on your own.
Let’s connect for a complimentary 20-mins session!
about Me & Mental Health
1 The biggest factor in successful therapy is..
The therapeutic relationship between therapist & client
2 The leading cause of disability worldwide is..
3 Is online therapy effective?
4 The most common mental illness in the U.S. is..
5 My go-to techniques for anxiety & dealing with a chronic illness is..
Challenging negative thoughts, breath work, and cognitive restructuring
6 What AM I MOST proud of?..
Surviving kidney failure and turning it into a positive experience
7 My fantasy job is..
8 I care about…
Being a kind person, boba drinks, and helping my clients cope anxiety and depression better
University of California Irvine, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Psychology and Social Behavior (2014)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Master of Social Work (MSW) Adult Mental Health and Wellness (2016)
CA Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Active License #94460 (2020)