Ms. Elena Makarenko, BA

Merrillville, Telehealth

Education

School:

Chelyabinsk State University

Purdue Northwest

Degree:

Bachelor of Art in Human Development & Family Services, with minor in Psychology

Bachelor of Art in State & Municipal Management  

Elena Makarenko is a third-year master’s student and therapist intern. She is currently enrolled in the Social Work program at Indiana University Northwest. Elena works with a wide variety of clients, such as couples, adults, and children addressing a wide range of needs including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Elena has experience working with families on all levels addressing their emotional needs throughout all spectrums of their lives. She uses an eclectic, systems focused and strength-based approach in working with clients to fit their identified needs. Elena’s clinical interests lie in working on couples’ communication and intimacy issues. She believes that improving couples’ intimate relationships will enhance their ability to interact with one another and deal with everyday challenges. Elena is fluent in Russian, Serbian, and Macedonian languages and is culturally diverse.



Issues Treated

Addiction
ADHD
Anger Management
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality
Codependency
Coping Skills
Depression
Divorce
Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
Emotional Disturbance
Family Conflict
Gambling
Grief
Infidelity
Internet Addiction
Life Coaching
Life Transitions
Marital and Premariatl
Obsessive-Compulsive
Oppositional Defiance
Parenting
Peer Relationships
Pregnancy
Prenatal
Postpartum
Racial Identity
Relationship Issues
Self-Harming
Self Esteem
Sex Therapy
Secual Abuse
Sexual Addiction
Sleep or Insomnia
Spirituality
Sports Performance
Stress
Substance Use
Suicidal Ideation
Transgender
Trauma and PTSD
Weight Loss
Women's Issues
Dissociative Disorders
Impulse Control Disorders
Mood Disorders
Personality Disorders
Psychosis
Thinking Disorders
Bisexual
Gay
Lesbian

Specialties

Depression
Trauma
Sex/Intimacy Therapy

Session Types

Telehealth
Family Therapy
Individual Therapy
Couples Counseling

Age Specialties

Adults
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

Types of Therapy

Individuals
Couples
Family
Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
Art Therapy
Attachment-based
Biofeedback
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Compassion Focused
Culturally Sensitive
Dialectical (DBT)
Emotionally Focused
Family / Marital
Family Systems
Interpersonal
Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
Motivational Interviewing
Person-Centered
Positive Psychology
Psychoanalytic
Relational
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Strength-Based
Trauma Focused