Welcome to Care Therapy Online
Video sessions from the comfort and safety 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 social anxiety, people pleasing, low self-esteem, and negative self-talk I experienced in the past from childhood abuse and a life-threatening illness led me into therapy but left me wanting to do more. I became a therapist because I wanted to become the therapist I never had, someone who won’t just sit and listen but provide effective tools and understanding to improve harmful thinking patterns and behaviors.
I’ve always been passionate about seeing people overcome challenges and embrace their full, true selves – as I have with my own challenges and embracing who I am: a recovering anxious person, empath, and still discovering myself – a never ending journey.
As I tell my clients, I’m a human first before a therapist. I enjoy telling witty jokes and it doesn’t take much to make me laugh either. I love cheesy romantic and horror movies. I like people-watching but not in a creepy way, mostly because I’m fascinated with human behavior. And I’m at my happiest being in nature and stumbling across wild animals.
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 working with adults who experience generalized anxiety disorder: persistent worrying and intrusive negative thoughts about bad things happening, overthinking, indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decisions, lack of confidence to handle problems, and social anxiety: fear of judgment or embarrassment. I also specialize in mild to moderate symptoms of depression: feeling down and bad about yourself, being hard on yourself, little energy to do anything, lack of motivation, and persistent negative thoughts. Together, we will develop new coping skills to manage these symptoms and develop your toolbox to help you feel grounded, confident, motivated, and more in control.
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.
My therapy style is insightful, affirming, and encouraging. I believe it’s important to build trust and connection with you while creating a safe space for you to share and heal. Together, we work collaboratively and everything we do in therapy is discussed and agreed upon.
I understand the brain’s response to anxiety and depression, and how to re-wire unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors. I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a proven evidence-based approach effective at changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors in a limited number of sessions.
As your therapist, I’ll develop a practical treatment plan for you to learn new tools and healthy behaviors that can help you get unstuck and on a path to living the life you want.
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 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 manage 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)