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Welcome to Care Therapy Online
“Elle is the best counselor there is! I look forward to our sessions because she is kind, caring, compassionate and it is clear how much she cares about her clients and her work.” S.H.

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 have a legit obsession with sticky rice, boba drinks, and fake lashes. I’m deeply fascinated by human behaviors and absolutely love conceptualizing case studies, particularly criminal cases. You can say I’m an ID TV show junkie. 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! Where should we visit first?!!

 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. 

 Let’s connect, 

 Elle Lee, LCSW (#99440)

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. 

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 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and tailor them to your specific challenges to 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!

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..

My handy anti-anxiety notebook for challenging/changing unhelpful thoughts and unburdening parts of myself that no longer serve me

6 What AM I MOST proud of?..

Surviving kidney failure and turning it into a positive experience

7  My fantasy job is..

Criminal Psychologist

8 I care about…

Being a kind person, boba drinks forever,  and helping my clients kick anxiety and depression to the curb!

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 – Active License #94460 (2020)

Contact me

You can call/text me at 949-441-2273 or send a message using the contact form located below. I personally respond to all my messages and always within a few hours or sooner. Looking forward to hearing from you!