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Stephanie Ellis, LCSW

Addictions Grief Parenting issues Bipolar disorder Depression
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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.

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Addictions Grief Parenting issues Bipolar disorder Depression

Additional areas of focus: 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, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

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

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NC LCSW C009955

CA LCSW 83676


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.

Stephanie is lovely

Written on Aug 21, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

Very helpful and attentive.

Written on Aug 05, 2022 after therapy with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, and intimacy-related issues

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

Written 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

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


Written 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

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 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