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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Center
Trainee Michael Olivares smiling at the camera wearing a navy blue button up shirt in front of a white background

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Graduate Degree: M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Graduate School:The Catholic University of America
Clinical Experiences/Interests: I’ve worked in community mental health, university counseling, and hospital inpatient settings. Some of my clinical interests include multiracial/multiethnic identity exploration, anxiety, depression, loss, racial trauma, suicidal thoughts, relationship concerns, sexual and/or gender-based violence, body image concerns, and working with students of color and historically marginalized communities.
Approach to Treatment: I believe therapy should be a collaborative, warm, and nonjudgmental space in which you can deepen your understanding of your concerns and what contributes to them, learn more about yourself and your relationships, and further build on your own strengths and resources. Therapy can be a space where we can attend to the complex ways that difficult life experiences (including various forms of oppression) can affect us in the present. I use a humanistic and relational approach that centers the values, identities, and culture(s) of the people I work with throughout the course of therapy.