Michael Carrizales

Senior Staff Psychologist

Additional Roles: Latinx and Undocumented Student Specialist and Jewish Student Specialist

Alma Mater: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2017)

Personal Interests: Anything food-related. Picking up some lovely ingredients and making a nice meal for myself and others sounds like a great day to me. Not only is cooking a good source of self-care for me, it’s also a way I connect with some of my cultural identities. Another passion of mine is spending time outdoors, whether hiking, camping, cycling, or simply wandering around.

UO Love: The amazing mountains, rivers, and forests that Oregon has to offer and the easy access to so much of it from Eugene.

Professional Interests: I am passionate about working with students, and feel grateful to have the chance to be a part of someone’s life during this important and often pivotal time. While I strive to be a well-rounded generalist, I have specific interests in working with issues related to identity development and culture, anxiety, depression, trauma, gender and sexuality, and relational concerns. My therapeutic style is an integration of multicultural and relational approaches, grounded in present-focused mindfulness and acceptance-based work. I closely hold the values of equity, inclusion, and pluralism and have specific interest and experience working with marginalized and underserved communities, including students with varying immigration statuses, Latinx, first gen, Jewish, Middle Eastern, LGBTQIA+, multi-racial/multi-ethnic, and international students, as well as students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Striving to understand how our intersecting identities inform aspects of our experience, values, and perspectives, is central to my work. I believe this also helps us move in the direction of greater cultural humility and understanding. I also really enjoy being in involved in the training of future therapists and psychologists through providing seminars as well as clinical supervision.  

Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach: I strive to create a collaborative space for my client and I to work alongside each other. To this end, I highly value feedback from my clients along the way, and truly see my clients as experts of their own experience. Trust, safety, and acceptance are very important ingredients in a positive therapeutic experience, and I am mindful that establishing those does not follow the same process for each individual. My clinical approach integrates multicultural and relational perspectives, grounded in mindfulness and acceptance-based frameworks. While I value the role that past experiences have on our development, my work tends to be more present-focused with an emphasis on flexibility and opening up space for the full spectrum of the human experience, including discomfort. I work from a strength-based approach and seek to help my clients connect with their particular strengths and collaboratively explore how to translate them into action toward their goals. My work also tends to focus on identifying values, and I enjoy working with students to explore what really matters to them and how to further connect with those values.

Supervision Approach and Model: I feel a sense of honor contributing to the growth of future therapists and psychologists. I approach supervision from a developmental framework, recognizing that each individual is on their own journey and brings different sets of experiences, skills, and goals. I strive to highlight the strengths already present as well as collaboratively identify goals and desired areas of growth. With permission, I find it quite valuable to begin our supervisory relationship by sharing aspects of our background, cultural identities, and experiences. I think that doing so can lay a foundation of trust, and provides useful context into how aspects of ourselves inform our clinical work and experience in supervision together. I am comfortable using more or less structure in supervision, depending on my supervisee’s goals, style, and developmental place. Keeping with my value of collaboration, supervision typically begins with a general check-in as well as creating an agenda. Overall, I strive to find balance between providing support and challenging my supervisees to engage in critical thinking. I am aware of the power differentials inherent in a supervisory relationship, and seek to maintain awareness of them and minimize their impact. Transparency is very important to me, and I seek to create an environment of trust and safety, allowing for more openness and authenticity. As such, I like to be open about my process, and hope to empower my supervisees to do the same to the extent they are willing.