I am a licensed psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist, specializing in counseling individuals, couples and groups, with private practice in Palo Alto, CA. My approach is compassionate, genuine, and kind. With my patients, I always help to create an atmosphere of safety and understanding; my attentive listening naturally blends with providing an authentic feedback, which all serve one basic goal - to restore my patients' emotional vitality and well-being.
My professional background includes extensive (over ten years) period of training, and many years of multifaceted clinical practice as a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay area's clinics and organizations located in San Francisco, San Carlos, Stanford, San Jose, Los Gatos, and Fremont. My office is located at 665 Lytton Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. It is also conveniently located to nearby cities of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
I work with the following populations:
I work with adults individually, providing therapy services for most emotional concerns and traumas that generally occur, often unexpectedly, and disrupt our daily lives and sense of well-being. I have a particular specialization in
relationship therapy, helping individuals to resolve their past and present
I provide counseling for couples, helping them to overcome and navigate through relational or marital challenges. Being able to engage in and maintain a successful relationship is not an innate quality or an easy task to accomplish; rather, there is a lot we can learn in order to create and sustain a meaningful partnership with another.
As a bilingual psychotherapist, fluent in Russian language, I welcome Russian-speaking therapy clients into my practice. Also, I offer therapy for immigrants from all countries and cultures. I have experience working with people with various multicultural backgrounds. Although our languages may be different, all problems and issues are often the same.
Aging Parents and Older Immigrants.
I also work with older immigrants who often find it more difficult to adjust to a new culture and language, as well as younger immigrants dealing with aging parents.
I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my practice or psychodynamic psychotherapy in general.
You can contact me by calling my office (650) 266-8212 or sending me an email at:
Elena_Makarova (at) yahoo.com.