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Welcome to Care Therapy Online
Because problems have solutions, let’s find yours

Hi! I’m Elle

Experiencing and surviving kidney failure left me with a sincere desire to help others reduce the emotional pain and suffering inherent in patients with a life-threatening illness and people struggling from anxiety and depression as I have. Care Therapy Online was born out of a vision to improve as many lives as possible with a specific focus on teaching you why you’re experiencing anxiety and depression, then showing you how to change it through evidence-based strategies from ACT, CBT, and DBT depending on your symptoms and needs. Then I empower you toward the changes you want supporting and guiding you every step of the way.

Outside of being a therapist. I’m a wife, daughter, sister, cool auntie, and first generation Hmong to receive a master’s degree in my family. I love to cook, read, sing, spending time with my hubby and family. 

I look forward to hearing from you and helping to improve your struggles.

xo, Elle

Clinical Areas of Focus

Anxiety

You feel it in your body: muscle tension, headaches, irritability, panic attacks, stomach problems, and chest pain. It shows up in your thoughts: overthinking, excessive worries, thought traps, and catastrophizing each anxious thought. You notice in it your behaviors: avoidance, procrastination, self-doubt. The good news is, therapy provides anxiety treatment to help you manage and cope with anxiety effectively.

Depression

You experience ongoing sadness, hopelessness, lack of motivation to do anything and struggle to take care of your needs. You feel alone, stuck, irritated, and tired of feeling this way. Sometimes, it’s hard to describe how you’re feeling. Whatever your challenges are with depression, you can improve how you feel with the help and insight you can gain from therapy.

Chronic Kidney Disease

 Perhaps you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve been dealing with chronic kidney disease for a long time now. It’s hard to deal with the physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes that come with a chronic illness. I understand your challenges having experienced kidney failure and I want you know that you don’t have to stop living the life you want because of it. Let’s discover new ways to help you move forward and live a meaningful life despite your chronic illness.

Who I Work With

I provide individual online counseling for adults who are 18 and older from all over California. I primarily work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, and chronic kidney disease. I also help with other issues that arise from these challenges: low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and shame, self-sabotage, relationship issues, people-pleasing, and difficult life transitions.

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’ve have with so many clients I’ve worked with, including myself. 

Interesting Facts

about Me & Mental Health

1 The biggest factor in successful therapy is..

The therapeutic alliance 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 & depression is..

Daily thought log, cognitive defusion, self as context, and behavioral experiments

6 What are you proud of?..

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

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

Experiencing and surviving kidney failure

8 I care about…

Family, the kidney community, 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 reach me at 949-441-CARE or send a message using the contact form located below. I’ll contact you within 24 hours (usually sooner) to discuss scheduling, payment, and  answer your questions. If all works out, we’ll schedule your first appointment and I’ll go over the next steps of online counseling with you.