Scarlett Olivares LMHC, CAP
Chief Executive Officer
Scarlett Olivares , LMHC, CAP obtained her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo in 2004. As part of her education she was an intern at the Padre Billini Psychiatric Hospital where she provided counseling to chronically mentally ill individuals over a one year time period. She also completed her Thesis dissertation on the emotional characteristics of abandoned street children in the city of Santo Domingo. Upon arriving in Florida she became a non-residential counselor for Lutheran Services Florida. Her responsibilities included counseling and prevention services for truant, ungovernable and runaway youth as well as their families. During her seven years at LSF she became a member of the Collier County Truancy Court as well as the Youth Resource Center. Her skills as a bilingual/bicultural counselor were invaluable for providing assessments and counseling to the neediest and at risk families that she assisted. Her passion and dedication for assisting youth led her to develop her skills in another critical mental health area, that of addiction and substance abuse. While obtaining her graduate degree at Hodges University she became an intern at the Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation and subsequently was employed in their intensive outpatient program. She further developed her addiction counseling skills by providing counseling services to individuals who had received DUI’s within Lee County, through Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. Scarlett obtained her graduate degree (with honors) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hodges University in 2015. Scarlett has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); an evidence-based practice that has been proven as one the most effective treatments of trauma. She has had the opportunity to work with a number of individuals of all ages while working for Elite DNA as well as playing a major role creating the first care coordination program in SWFL .
Scarlett served as the CCO of The Center for Progress and Excellence (CPE) from August of 2018 through February 2020, helping to create and develop the mobile crisis Team as well as working very closely with the Department of juvenile Justice and providing mental and behavioral health services.