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Is your successful job in one of the Silicon Valley’s high-paced companies bringing you a high reward, but also high stress? Are you striving to find work-to-life balance and want to be able to excel at multiple tasks while trying to stay focused at work and be present for your family at the same time? How well are you balancing difficult interactions with employees? Are you at your best when resolving conflicts? Are you juggling a substantial load of tasks, struggling to attend meetings on time, and constantly chasing deadlines? Have you found a system to recover from burn-outs and remain energetic for the high performance under the condition of constant pressure? Do you feel resilient and strong in the face of reviews or organizational changes?

Our workplace can become an area with quite a bit of stress. Working long hours, especially on weekends, responding to emails in the middle of the night, operating at high speed for long periods of time; all these factors can lead you to feeling less rested, and less fully engaged. Pushing yourself too hard continuously at work can eventually lead you to burning out and breaking down. Dealing with challenging coworkers, leading a project, managing teams and multiple tasks while trying to meet tight deadlines: all of this can leave fewer hours to unwind. That, in turn, can lead to feeling frustrated, irritable, and anxious in the face of continued pressures at work.

Working even in the best conditions and organizations can’t avoid challenges, conflict, and stress. 

Your success and productivity can come with a serious amount of pressure and the need to come up with new, innovative ways to solve complex problems. You might be working in a company that makes highly competitive products.  You might be busy getting things done that you don't stop often to consider where to invest your time and energy to achieve your goals. Maybe you juggle several tasks at a time and struggle to focus on any of them for very long.  Perhaps you strive to create a working environment that encourages a focused and absorbed productivity without constant interruption. Lack of absorbed focus takes a toll on the quality of whatever we do. Your work-related stress may be specific to the demands of your company or circumstances, but you are not alone.

Counseling can help you deal with work-related stress more quickly and effectively.

Dealing with work-related stress doesn’t have be done on one’s own. Discussing your challenges with an experienced counselor can provide you with help identifying key stressors and reflecting about solutions to them in the quickest way possible. Setting a specific hour per week or setting aside time to consult with a trusted professional would help to relieve stress, as well as to think creatively, strategically and long term. You would be able to benefit from creating a large perspective and to define where you stand amidst all the forces that press on you.

In my approach, I help people develop a variety of techniques for renewing themselves in very short periods of time. We will discuss if taking breaks or setting an organized and predictable schedule for new routines with help generate behaviors that deflect stress. Since navigating crucial conversations at the workplace plays a big role in your positive self-regard, I will help you brainstorm next steps after challenging interactions around promotions or team-based projects using my expertise in relationship counseling and conflict resolution in corporate environment.

The main steps toward renewed efficiency would be to reflect on your key needs, and use our consulting sessions to set up a plan on meeting those needs effectively with precision and specificity.

Knowing that you have supported yourself in this way will create a foundation for your continued success.


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  • "I have known Mrs. Makarova since September 2008 and I have had many opportunities to observe her psychodynamically and psychoanalytically-oriented clinical work. Mrs. Makarova's intellectual curiosity and ability to process complex issues make working with her very gratifying. It is my pleasure to recommend Mrs. Makarova to physicians on Peninsula and South Bay most strongly and without any reservations.”
    — Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member at Stanford School of Medicine, 2011
  • "I worked with Mrs. Makarova for several years as a colleague at the intensive outpatient clinic in San Francisco and was so impressed with her professionalism, incisive intellect, emotional honesty, and advanced clinical skills in in-depth psychodynamic treatment. She is the most empathic clinician I have ever worked with!"
    — Amrita Narayanan Psy.D. Staff Psychologist, Napa Hospital, 2010
  • "I have known Mrs. Makarova's working on a clinical team at RAMS, and I can say that she is a warm, thoughtful, and insightful clinician. Mrs. Makarova takes a determined and focused approach to every case she treats and has helped many patients improve greatly."
    — Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University, 2009.
  • "Mrs. Makarova is unique in her ability to attend to people; their feelings, their longings and their experiences. She is a true professional and an open-hearted individual. Over the years she has had great success counseling high conflict couples and families. I truly believe that working with her will tilt the scales away from divorce and toward ongoing loving exchanges. For many years I have referred many of my students and their family members to Mrs. Makarova and always got stellar feedback. She combines science-based approaches, having trained in relational patterns at Stanford University, with a unique humanistic style of intervening. As a psychodynamic therapist Mrs. Makarova helps couples see beyond their entrenched relational dynamics and encourages new, functional ways of interchange. I am convinced that Mrs. Makarova's strategic and warm approach is an ideal choice for couples and families in the Peninsula, Bay Area."
    — Alberto Varona, Psy.D. Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2012.