Elena Petrova, Ph.D.
Diversity and multicultural counseling, the effects of oppression and discrimination on mental health, health and well-being of international students, women’s mental and physical health, identity development, and the mind-body relationship.
Elena joined the UW Oshkosh Counseling Center in August, 2008. Elena is originally from Macedonia. She has lived, studied and worked in the US since 1999. Elena has worked with individuals, groups and couples who have needed help with adjustment difficulties, identity development, physical health problems, depression, anxiety, life crises, life transitions, family of origin concerns, and problems in interpersonal relationships. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Elena lived in Muncie, Indiana where she was completing her predoctoral internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center. Prior to that, Elena lived in Auburn, Alabama while working on her doctoral degree, and had clinical experience in both the college counseling setting and community mental health setting. While working on her master’s degree in Edwardsville, Illinois, Elena obtained clinical experience in a hospital setting in Skopje, Macedonia.
As a staff psychologist, Elena focuses on creating a collaborative and supportive relationship with the student and on empowering the student to discover and create resources and personal strengths to solve problems, make new meanings out of life circumstances and events, as well as advocate for him or herself in difficult situations.
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University
- MA in Clinical-Adult Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
- BA in Psychology from Graceland University
Elena likes the outdoors and walking. She also likes to travel and visit parts of the country and the world, as well as to meet people. She finds it very important to have good communication with and to support her immediate family members who live in Macedonia.