Stephanie Ellis

LCSW

About Me

Welcome to Better Help! I applaud you for taking this difficult step to seek help for yourself. I know it is not easy to open up to someone that you don't really know, but you have the courage to do something important for you.

My name is Stephanie Ellis. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am licensed in the state of California and North Carolina. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from NC State University in 2012. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing which I received from NC Central University in 1998. I practiced as a Registered Nurse for almost 10 years in the U.S. Navy. I did various forms of counseling even as a RN with my enlisted personnel, junior officers and specifically counseling newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. After leaving the Navy, I attended a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Program to become trained in helping individuals with addictions. I have worked in many different settings over the years working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, veterans, the homeless and medically complex care patients with a variety of personal issues such as anxiety/depression, substance use disorder, relationship/marital problems, grief and loss, family conflict, PTSD, anger management, and more. My approach to therapy is understanding, empathetic and interactive. I believe in validating your feelings and being non-judgmental. My approach combines person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, family systems, solution focused and attachment theories.

I recognize that it can be difficult to find a therapist you can connect with and feel comfortable sharing your inner most thoughts and feelings, but I believe that comfort is crucial to a successful outcome in therapy. I also believe that developing trust within the therapeutic relationship is critical and one of the very first things I begin to develop with my clients. I feel that we all need someone that we can share our true selves with in a safe and non-judgmental environment. I am extremely open-minded, understanding and non-judgmental when someone is sharing their private thoughts, feelings and experiences with me. It is important to me that individuals feel not only safe, but better after meeting with me. It is a pleasure to be able to help others on their journey to happiness and peace. Let me be that person for you.










Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #83676 (Expires: 2024-06-30)

LCSW #C009955 (Expires: 2023-01-29)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Stephanie Ellis. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by L.O. on Jun 24, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She is an excellent therapist for me, thank you for setting me up with Stephanie Ellis!

Written by L.I. on Jun 22, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is wonderful! I have had several therapists in the past and never have I felt as connected to them as I do with Stephanie. She is warm and kind and makes me feel so comfortable sharing anything. She offers great insights and takes time to respond to my messages and send me applicable handouts. I appreciate her so much during a really difficult time in my life.

Written by A.N. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Great!

Written by C.O. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is fantastic! Throughout the week she sends me helpful articles and worksheets, to support me and help me grow even when we’re not in sessions. She’s very kind, knowledgeable, communicative, and helpful!

Written by T.O. on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Stephanie has been a life saver during my time of great depression and challenge. She is truly gifted in what she does and has found her calling in how she gives back to the world. I've never had to use therapy in my life prior to BetterHelp and did have some reservations about doing online counseling. Stephanie has made me feel comfortable from day one. And she listens! Sometimes in situations like this when you feel all alone and that the whole world is against you, that just genuinely listening makes a world of difference. And I know for sure she has been listening to me on every call as the things I discuss and my life in general for the past few years has been quite complicated but she hasn't skipped a beat as she is able to recall things we discussed years prior. Oh and this is the first review I've left for anyone, that's how much I consider her skills. Great Counselor!!! Thank you!

Written by T.A. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is like a therapist and bestie wrapped up in one. She listens and is extremely supportive without judgment.

Written by T.A. on Feb 15, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I feel very comfortable talking with Stephanie. She will and has provided many tools. She will message me back very quickly if I have any questions. It is really hard to find someone you are comfortable with. I was not comfortable with the first person I was set up with and I just asked Better Help and I picked a new one. It was easy to switch. They even gave me a credit for the session. My only complaint is that when trying to contact Better help it is hard to actually speak to a real person in customer service. I got a lot of automated emails. I just wanted to speak to a real person. There billing is not based on actual appointments, they want you to do the same every time like always once a week instead of how you want to schedule. Like if I want to do once a month or once every three weeks you can not set it up like that.. however I really like my therapist!!!!! She is great!

Written by A.S. on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Stephanie is a wonderful therapist. She has helped me work through my relationship issues for a few months now. She always has a neutral perspective and helps me think through it shoes with a clear head. I highly recommend her to anyone experiencing relationship issues.

Written by S.T. on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Over the past 15 years I have seen many different therapists. Some were helpful. But not one of them was anywhere near as incredible as Stephanie. She makes me feel heard and understood in every single session. I wholeheartedly trust the advice she provides to me. She is always quick to respond to messages throughout the week and provides documents and worksheets to help educate you on the things you are experiencing. But NEVER makes you feel like you have to read or utilize them if you don’t want to. She just genuinely wants you to have any and every tool that available to help you. One thing I’m very appreciative of is the fact that she shares some of her experiences and the things she has struggled with throughout her life. It makes me feel much less alone with the things I have and still am experiencing. I’ve been able to better understand many of my past and current struggles because of the work I have done with her. Talking with Stephanie really feels like talking to an extremely close friend or family member. I could go on and on about the fantastic and caring therapist that she is. Just know, if you choose Stephanie as your therapist, you will not be disappointed. Thank you for being so amazing Stephanie

Written by R.A. on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

I have been working with Stephanie for about a month. She is kind and caring and very empathetic. I recommend her.

Written by K.A. on Dec 17, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

I have been very pleased with the work I am doing with Stephanie Ellis. She is a good match for me. I am making progress!

Written by M.A. on Dec 05, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 3 weeks

Stephanie put me at ease immediately. I feel that I can be 100% authentic with her which makes our sessions that much more helpful and effective. I have been seeing Stephanie for about a month and have already had moments of realization that will be very impactful in my life and future. I am so thankful to have made this connection and appreciate her voice in my life!

Written by M.I. on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is an amazing counselor. She is everything you need her to be, when i’m feeling down I can talk to her and feel like a new person by the end of our session. She brings good energy and I look forward to our sessions every week!!!

Written by H.A. on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

If I can give a MSW/LCSW of the years 2020-2021 award for her, I would. She is hands down one of the best therapists I’ve have ever worked with. I truly hope BetterHelp gives her a raise because she has been such a source of hope, love, and comfort not just for me but I’m sure for so many others as well. I can’t begin to imagine what my life would have been like without her. She has helped me come out of the darkest trenches and given me a source of hope and light that I never imagine would be possible in my life. Please give her a raise, a bonus, or even a paid vacation!!!! This woman does so much and has so much care, empathy, and love in her heart that it’s unimaginable. I truly want to go into the field once I grow into the best version of myself and be the guiding light for others like how she has been for me.

Written by E.R. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Absolutely gem of a human and therapist. She is willing to just listen or if you want in depth knowledge and challenging! Truly my favorite therapist of all time!

Written by M.I. on Sep 30, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Stephanie was excellent to work with. The only reason I switched was for personal reasons outside of our work. Totally recommend.

Written by M.I. on Sep 24, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Stephanie is a great listener and really understands and her advice is great

Written by J.A. on Sep 20, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

Stephanie and I started to work together just last week. Things are going well so far. I appreciated her support.

Written by M.I. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

She's an absolute gem. So understanding.

Written by W.A. on Sep 05, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Stephanie Ellis have an awesome personality, very attentive and provides plenty of helpful resources and information. I love working with her!

Written by K.A. on Aug 08, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Stephanie enjoys to laugh and has genuine empathy for me in all my struggles. She is kind but firm. I really enjoy getting to talk to her!

Written by H.I. on Aug 08, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and career difficulties

She is phenomenal and goes above and beyond the call of duty. I was having trouble in a relationship and at one point she was responding at 3am. She gave some great insight into what was going on and was simply amazing. I was also having doubts about my career but once again she made look at it in a different way that was just absolutely brilliant. I thank my lucky stars I have her for a counselor.

Written by B.E. on Jun 14, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is amazing! She is so thoughtful and kind. Always prompt in responding. She has a great sense of humor which I appreciate. I look forward to talking to her and feel like it’s getting better the more we get to know each other!

Written by C.H. on May 27, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Stephanie is a great listener and has provided me with a plethora of resources which have helped me tremendously with my mental health journey.

Written by J.E. on Apr 05, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Stephanie is welcoming and engaging. She truly feels like someone I have known for a long time and I have only had 2 sessions with her. She is extremely in tune with what I talk about and has wonderful resources that she passes on immediately. She helps me feel comfortable and at ease. I feel so fortunate to have found her.

Written by C.A. on Feb 25, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

I have really enjoyed my sessions with Stephanie. She always listens and offers great advice. I can tell my anxiety has been getting better by using the tools she’s given me.

Written by R.O. on Feb 23, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

So far talking with Stephanie has been wonderful. I wish I had participated in therapy long ago

Written by K.A. on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Stephanie has been amazing so far.

Written by M.O. on Jan 21, 2021 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I felt comfortable talking and connecting with Stephanie from the very first conversation! She is extremely personable, provides a wealth of resources, and was able to quickly give me guidance to put into practice that helped me make strides in a short amount of time. Perhaps most importantly, Stephanie validated my experiences and emotions, making me feel capable in learning more about myself and the challenges I'm working to overcome.

Written by T.O. on Aug 24, 2020 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I am a few sessions in with Stephanie and could not be happier with the experience. She is incredibly open and has made me feel comfortable sharing things I’ve never been able to share before. Stephanie provides an incredibly safe space and is willing to roll up her sleeves and get to work WITH you. I truly feel like she’s walking alongside me, cheering me on as I do the work. Simply put, before I started with her, I read a review saying she was “born to counsel.” I couldn’t agree more.

Written by R.O. on Aug 21, 2020 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 weeks

In just a short time Stephanie has been able to get a lot of ideas out of me and focus on several of my core issues. She is in contact often and sends useful information. This is still new but I am really looking forward to what it could do for me.

Written by J.E. on Jul 17, 2020 after therapy with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She’s great she has helped me get tremendously and I have made great progress. She has helped me heal and learn about me first and foremost.

Written by O.S. on Jun 24, 2020 after therapy with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Stephanie has been amazing at getting me started with treatment.

Work with me!