Gregory Kepferle Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Mimi is a highly skilled, culturally competent and compassionate therapist who brings creative approaches to her clinical work with children and their caregivers.
She ran two amazing programs for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County in the Behavioral Health Division that provides routine developmental screenings, social-emotional and behavioral assessments and interventions for children prenatal through 6 years old. The programs concentrate on early attachment and those elements of early childhood that can be of concerns to caregivers such as depression, anxiety and high level of stress.
She is now running her own early childhood behavioral health social enterprise and I wish her all the best.
Gregory Kepferle, MDiv, CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Brady Umfleet Behavioral Health Division Director
As your former direct supervisor and licensed clinical social worker I have been very impressed with your dedication to early childhood mental health recovery. You demonstrated your passion and dedication to working with this population when you became an early childhood mental health specialist through your clinical fieldwork with your young child and infant clients.
I believe my experience working with you as your supervisor has given me great insight into the deep value and respect you have for these clients and their parents. You honor each client and caregiver’s unique culture and circumstances, and you do with great compassion and empathy. Because of your very important skills in working with young children and infants you are a great partner with them and their families as they walk through recovery together.
Lastly, I believe you have shown great dedication to continually learning and advancing in your techniques and skills so that you are able to deliver the highest quality service to your clients.
On a personal note I have been humbled by your kindnesses and gentleness with those who have had the honor of knowing and working with you.
Brady Umfleet, LCSW, Behavioral Health Division Director
Ofelia J. Picanco Senior Clinical Program Manager
Mimi has demonstrated to be respectful and skillful in establishing an effective working relationship with clients and families in accordance with the values and ethics of her profession. She is able to utilize those relationships in forging shared goals and positive outcomes for the client, and has demonstrated regularly the ability to exercise critical thinking in complex situations, and applying information gathered during client assessment to make professional decisions in her role as a therapist.
One of Mimi’s strengths is that she is always seeking to expand her knowledge of early childhood development, and is endorsed by the California Center for infant – Family Early Childhood Mental Health as an Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Mimi provides culturally sensitive treatment by valuing unique and specific cultural values of each family she works with.
I believe that Mimi’s professional history demonstrates that she is not only an excellent therapist, but she also demonstrates a personal passion for providing advocacy for minority groups.
Ofelia J. Picanco, LCSW, Senior Clinical Program Manager