Elena Makarova, MFT Psychotherapy in Palo Alto, South Bay and Mid-Peninsula


My services and areas of treatment cover a wide range of emotional difficulties and issues, and my approach is psychodynamic, which is one of the most effective* and common methods of psychotherapy shown to be effective with a diverse clientele.

Areas of treatment:
  • Anxiety
  • Consequences of early trauma
  • Depression
  • Emotional extremes
  • Employment-related concerns
  • Geriatric issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Parenting
  • Personal growth
  • Sleep, eating & sexual disturbance
  • Stress with everyday life
I have particular specializations in:
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Immigration issues

Length of therapy:

  • Short-term therapy: 6-12 months (frequency 1 session per week)
  • Intensive depth psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy: more than a year (frequency 2-3 sessions per week)

* Statistics for psychodynamic therapy:
After 14 sessions - 60% of depressive conditions improve (Š¯oward, et al, 1986); Effects of a psychodynamic therapy are continuous in time and increase with time (J. Shedler, Ph.D., 2010).