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Welcome to Care Therapy Online

“Every moment is fresh beginning.”   –T.S. Elliot

Let’s find your fresh beginning, together.

Hi there! I’m Elle

I’m a licensed clinical social worker who’s excited and passionate about helping you take charge of anxiety because I know all too well the ways anxiety can take charge of your life. If you asked me 10 years ago what my career would be today, becoming a therapist was not something I ever imagine doing.

But 10 years ago, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with kidney failure and overnight my life changed from an independent young adult to dealing with a life-threatening illness dependent on a dialysis machine to live that led to unresolved anxiety and depression from my past while going through a health crisis. Frustrated with finding a therapist who was able to provide education and tools to deal with my harmful thinking patterns, negative feelings, and behaviors that reinforced my anxiety and depression, I was motivated to become a therapist to help myself and others better. 

Care Therapy Online was created with a vision to help people heal, recover, and take charge of their mental health. I deeply understand your struggles with anxiety, depression, or a chronic illness and I want you to know that you’re not alone, we are in this together. 

With hope and love, 

 Elle Lee, LCSW

Clinical Areas of Focus

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and Depression harms your thinking, feelings, and body. I help you stop excessive worrying and overthinking that keep you up at night wondering if it’ll ever go away. I teach you science-based tools and strategies to change negative, anxious, and depressive thoughts about yourself that reinforce self-sabotage, damage to your self-esteem, and get in the way of your relationships, job, and family. I show you relaxation techniques that target physical sensations you feel in your mind and body: panic attacks, racing heart, hyperventilating, feeling on edge, exhaustion, trouble concentrating and making decisions, and restlessness. And most importantly, I teach you new coping tools so you confidently rely on yourself to handle anxiety and depression any time. Don’t let anxiety control your life anymore. Let’s connect!

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 going to the clinic 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. Let’s do this together.

Therapy Approach

My therapy style is supportive, encouraging, and positive. I believe it’s important to build trust and connection with you while creating a safe space for you to share and heal.

One of my strongest skill set as a therapist is pulling from a combination of interventions known to treat multiple mental health symptoms of anxiety as well and kidney failure. I use evidence-based strategies and techniques from ACT, CBT, and DBT according tailored to your needs and situation for the best outcome and results.

As your therapist, we’ll discuss your challenges and goals for therapy. I will develop an action plan targeting your challenges to reach your goals. We work collaboratively and everything we do in therapy is discussed and agreed upon. 

Therapy is an investment in yourself that requires effort and work. You will benefit the most from therapy and working with me if you are motivated to learn about yourself and ready for change. By actively participating in your growth process and doing the work in therapy, you can see remarkable growth and transformation as I have with many clients I’ve worked with, including myself. 

When you are ready, I’m here for you.

xo, Elle

Interesting Facts

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..

Depression (nami.org)

3 Is online therapy effective?

Yes! Research found it’s equally effective as in-person therapy

4 The most common mental illness in the U.S. is..

Anxiety (adaa.org)

5 My go-to techniques for anxiety & dealing with a chronic illness is..

Challenging negative thoughts, deep breathing, and focusing on the GOOD instead of negatives in my life

6 What are you proud of?..

Surviving kidney failure and turning it into a positive experience. Being a first generation Hmong to receive a master’s degree in my family and being a therapist

7 One struggle I’ve had that made me who I am is..

Overcoming childhood abuse, trauma, and poverty

8 I care about…

My husband, family, and improving lives by reducing emotional pain and suffering

Academic Training

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 Lic#94460 (2020)

Contact me

You can call or text me at 949-441-CARE (2273) or send a message using the contact form located below. I’ll contact you within 24 hours (usually sooner) to talk about what you’re looking for, answer your questions, and determine if I’m a good fit for you. If all works out, we’ll schedule your first appointment and I’ll go over the next steps of online counseling with you.