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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. I became a therapist because I wanted to become the therapist I never had, someone who will listen and provide effective tools to manage mental health challenges successfully without the help of ongoing therapy.

I’ve always been passionate about helping people overcome challenges and embrace both the good and imperfect parts that make them unique. I’m excited and motivated to help you overcome your challenges as I have with my own mental and health difficulties and embracing who I am: a recovering anxious person, vulnerable and showing who I am, 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, I love romantic movies that make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside like and cheesy over-the-top horror movies. I’m fascinated with human behavior and enjoy observing every day interactions between people. 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.

Let’s connect, 

Elle Lee, LCSW 

Clinical Areas of Focus

Anxiety & Depression

I specialize in symptoms of anxiety and depressive challenges.

Generalized Anxiety: You worry and overthink about many things and tend to think about worst case scenarios happening to you. One worry can lead to negative thoughts spiraling out of control. You have difficulty controlling worries/fears and it affects your life. You feel on edge, fatigue, irritable, trouble concentrating and sleeping.

Social anxiety: You have fears about saying something stupid or embarrassing and deeply worry others are judging you. You worry they think you’re weird, unlikable, or crazy. You either avoid socializing or feel intense anxiety in social situations and it interferes with your job, relationship, and talking to people. 

Depressive Challenges: You feel sad, empty, worthless/guilty, and tired most of the time. You’ve lost interest to do anything, feel unmotivated, and have persistent negative thoughts. You have trouble concentrating, sleeping, and struggle with indecisiveness.

Other challenges that arise from these areas: low self-esteem, lack of motivation, self-doubt, people-pleasing, codependency, and passive communication and 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!

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 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..

Criminal Psychologist

8 I care about…

Being a kind person, boba drinks,  and helping my clients cope anxiety and depression better 

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!