Dr. Mihai 
Clinical Psychology

SYNOPSIS OF ENGAGEMENTS

"My own understanding of the clients’ unique experiences and how culture plays in this dynamic facilitates my work to be guided with humility and I advocate for the complex understanding of multicultural diversity. I continue to educate myself in gaining more awareness of cultures different from my own and I strive to understand my clients' entire context. I consider myself to be culturally competent, responsive, and respectful. I am committed to offering relevant, effective, and appropriate services to diverse individuals I serve. I do that with humbleness, respect, curiosity, passion, and dedication!"
  1. PSYCHOTHERAPY
    Dr. Mihai is certified in various Evidenced Based Practices (EBP) and provides scientific-based interventions that are proven to be effective.
  2. REHABILITATION
    Dr. Mihai is a certified Rehabilitation Specialist and provides rehabilitation services following the fidelity of Rehab Model for Substance Use Disorders.
  3. HYPNOTHERAPY
    Dr. Mihai has received extensive education, training, and supervision in the Hypnotherapy model of intervention and has the skills for effective practice
  4. PRESENTATIONS
    Dr. Mihai is available to present on various topics, such as Abuse, DV, Suicide Prevention, Self-Care Strategies, Wellness, and others upon request.
  5. SUPERVISION
    Dr. Mihai is certified in Competence-Based Supervision as well as in Culturally-Competent Supervision and can provide it to other professionals.
  6. CONSULTATION
    Dr. Mihai has extensive administrative and executive knowledge/experience and provides consultation on clinical and organizational issues upon request.
  7. LIFE COACHING
    Dr. Mihai can provide life coaching and advice to individuals who need somebody to assist them reach their full potential to success and happiness.
  8. COUNSELING
    Dr. Mihai can provide individuals and professionals with counseling services on issues that are challenging and does so with your best interest in mind.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Cultural considerations are important and professionals working within our pluralistic society must be culturally sensitive and competent in cultural issues, particularly as these issues impact the individuals we serve but also our community at large. The larger context needs to be considered, while we attend to our own cultural context, being self-aware of our own personal frame of reference and worldview, and how those play out in the room. This requires that we have sufficient knowledge about the client’s culture as well as having specific training in multicultural issues as they pertain to various aspects and needs. Knowledge about the individual’s culture should come from multiple sources. It is important to engage in consultation as well as doing research on the particulars of a culture that is unfamiliar so that the care plans are tailored and unique.

It is imperative to approach the process from the individual’s personal cultural context, while making sure our own cultural values and biases do not override those of the individuals we serve. 
​We must continually examine the values we bring in to ensure our values are not in conflict with the client’s perspective. That is why we need to be aware of our specific biases, stereotypes, and assumptions, thus utilizing those as a source of exploration to benefit the client, while being authentic, inclusive, and respectfully curious. Multiple identities and multiple cultures influence a client’s and a provider’s attitudes and behaviors, so a good knowledge of the individual’s worldviews while using culturally sensitive skills is crucial in the practice. Understanding personal biases and their role in the roots of attitudes and behaviors is an important part of the provider’s self-knowledge. Fostering the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity along with an increased ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection is what Dr. Mihai practices daily, continuing to enhance.

It is critical during the engagement process to respect and honor each individual's life experiences while making sure we validate their own reality, creating a hopeful, safe, and fertile ground for change.  
TRAINING AND PRACTICE
The training Dr. Mihai received in cultural competencies helped him become cognizant of his own cultural influences, the beliefs and values he was carrying with him as being normative, thus he identified his stereotypes and his judgments. He detected his blind spots and explored them. He began to recognize how his own culture affected the entire process. Dr. Mihai identified his limits and pushed to challenge his own barriers by gathering cultural skills. His training supported him to develop more empathic understanding toward the individuals he serves. As Dr. Mihai acquired additional knowledge and experience thru continuing education and practice, he became more open to other individuals’ cultural heritage, norms, and values. He started to understand his cultural conditioning and how it appears in the room. Dr. Mihai learned to be willing to bring culture into discussion with individuals he serves by sensitively and respectfully asking questions, and to integrate the new understanding he gained within conceptualizations and interventions he designs and implements. Dr. Mihai believes that becoming a multiculturally competent provider is an active process, and while he is culturally competent, he continuously seeks to become more aware of each of his clients' cultures so that he can utilize individual variations of expression in the care plans.