Who is Beautiful Minds?
Beautiful Minds is founded in 2018 by Ms. Mimi Thuong, an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Beautiful Minds has been collaborating with established clinicians, childcare systems, organizations and community services on common goals to best serve very young children and families.
To Beautiful Minds, there is absolutely no excuse for child abuse. Beautiful Minds’ mission is to promote optimal social, emotional and mental health development of young children through play. Beautiful Minds strives to assist parents to understand emotions and behaviors of young children, support their confidence in parenting and strengthen nurturing child-parent relationship.
Mimi T. Thuong
Ms. Mimi Thuong is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She is endorsed by the State of California as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (IFECMHS).
Mimi is one of the very few infant mental health therapists who is skilled in utilizing both English and Vietnamese language in professional and therapeutic settings. As an active member of the Vietnamese culture and fluent in the language, she is able to deeply connect with her clients and families.
“I feel blessed to be able to serve Vietnamese children and families; a growing population in Santa Clara County that still are underserved in the mental health field.”
Education & Employment
Ms. Mimi Thuong holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with a 3.94 GPA from Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit university in the Bay Area- Northern California. She is currently pursuing PhD in Infant Early Childhood Development at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.
Since graduating, Mimi has dedicated her career to serve children under six years old and their families. Mimi worked as an infant mental health consultant for the Head Start (Early Childhood Education) at Santa Clara County Office of Education, a research specialist at UC Davis’s Asian American Center, and an education consultant at Oak Grove School District.
In her current role as a clinical program manager, Mimi provides clinical supervision to infant mental health clinicians, developmental specialists, clinical social workers, home visitors and case managers. She provides assessments, evaluations, formulates clinical diagnosis and treatment plan for children and families whom have been impacted by the cycle of mental/physical abuse, neglect, criminal activities and substance usage.
Currently, Ms. Mimi Thuong manages Behavioral Health contracts in Santa Clara County of 1 million dollars in total.
Mimi has received extensive training in Early Childhood Mental Health. She obtained the specialized Child-Parent Psychotherapy training, the evidence based treatment for children under 6 years old who have experienced severe trauma, separation and loss. She is the co-translator for “Trinka and Sam”, a project funded by UNICEF USA to assist Vietnamese children and families in Houston, Texas after the Harvey Hurricane in 2017. The book is posted on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network .
Mimi completed professional trainings at Profectum and became a DIR/Floortime Clinician. Floortime therapy is a developmental and relationship based treatment for children under 6 years old with co-occurring diagnoses of Autism other Pervasive Developmental Disorders and mental health disorders.
Mimi is a parent educator and a mental health consultant providing Triple P Positive Parenting Program, one of the most effective evidenced base parenting programs, especially for children with ADHD and behavior issues.
“Mimi innately demonstrated core values of the Infant Mental Health field. Mimi truly values families and respects parents as the critical healing agent and developmental stimulus for the young child. Mimi also recognizes that culture and diversity in all its forms are instrumental in serving young children and their families. This includes honoring the unique and specific cultural values of the family as well as embracing diversity in service delivery where multidisciplinary providers bring together their unique lens to collaborate on the behalf of the young children and their families. As a Vietnamese-speaking service provider, Mimi serves an important cultural population within KidsConnection Network- First 5 program in the Santa Clara County.”
Tena Sloan, LMFT/ IFECMHS Clinical Program Manager at Kidango preschool systems.