To: Parents
From: Shayna Abraham, MA

Every family is different, people have vastly different expectations, needs, and concerns. That's why I take the time to listen before making any recommendations. We don't want to try the same interventions that have failed in the past, but build on the successful skills the child and family have tried. We do this by talking with the team of professionals already working with the family, reading and analyzing all documentation including psychological, educational testing batteries, individualized education plans(IEP), and any other documentation provided by parents. I also consider it extremely important to conduct interviews with the client to hear from them what has been successful and what has not been.

I know your time is extremely valuable, so I've compiled some of the most common questions and concerns parents have when they approach me. Please browse at your convenience, and don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions at 650-888-4575.

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A therapeutic consultant, sometimes called a therapeutic placement consultant or an educational consultant, is someone who assesses a family's needs and helps to create a plan for intervention. Adolescents and young adults who work with therapeutic consultants may be struggling with anxiety, depression, disrespect to authority, identity issues, academic failure, substance abuse, anger or aggression, poor choice of friends, oppositional defiance disorder, eating disorders, and/or learning disorders.

Prepare To Bloom: With you through the entire process...

Why Hire a Therapeutic Consultant?

  • Save Time - In a crisis situation, getting the best help you can as quickly as possible is absolutely essential for ensuring the person returns to a healthy state. This minimizes long-term consequences and reduces stress in the family. Therapeutic consultants can dramatically speed up the process of getting a youth into the right program quickly.
  • Reduce Stress - Therapeutic consultants have been likened to guardian angels. The list of programs and services available is simply mind-boggling. A responsible parent could spend years researching, visiting, and talking to all of the possibilities. Therapeutic consultants lift that huge burden from your shoulders and will provide you with a short list of best candidates for your struggling teen or young adult. Also, because many of them hold degrees in therapeutic fields, they can be an anchor in an otherwise chaotic storm.
  • Save Money - Therapeutic consultants most important job is to provide the right placements the first time. Programs and services can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Hiring a therapeutic consultant dramatically reduces the likelihood of an expensive change in placement due to poor results from your child attending an inappropriate program or service.
  • Have A Professional On Your Side - Excellent therapeutic consultants will stay with you through the entire healing process, whether it takes a few weeks or several years. They can provide a continuity between doctors, lawyers, therapists, schools, and programs. They make excellent sounding boards for questions like "What did my therapist/doctor/lawyer/teacher mean when she said..." or "What do you think about my child doing....".

How can a Therapeutic Consultant help my struggling teen?

Just as a lawyer can be the most powerful tool in your arsenal when navigating the murky waters of laws and regulations, so too is a therapeutic consultant your best resource for helping you locate the best care for your child. The best care for your child must take into account your child's strengths and weaknesses, gotchas and goals, aversions and aspirations. A Prepare To Bloom consultant takes the time to pour over all of the professional data you have amassed to date and communicates with your child on a professional, knowledgable level.

There are a vast array of therapeutic programs, schools, services, and treatment options out there. Prepare To Bloom has a growing database of over 500 professionals, programs, and services we are in communication with. Each with their own distinct attributes. Therapeutic consultants are the go-to professionals for matching these programs and services with the complex and specific circumstances your child is facing. Whether it's comprehensive mental health assessments, trauma treatment, grief and loss counseling, wilderness therapy programs (sometimes erroneously called brat camps), boarding schools, medical detox, substance abuse treatment programs, or residential treatment.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.
Owner, Lead Consultant
(650) 888-4575
Twitter: @preparetobloom
PO BOX 31520
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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Prepare To Bloom, LLC

Therapeutic and Educational Consulting

Prepare To Bloom is a San Francisco Bay Area based consulting firm devoted to helping families make good therapeutic and educational choices. We were founded in the spring of 2011 bringing years of knowledge, experience, and expertise to help make a decision that is well informed and wise... a decision that will best enable an adolescent or young adult to grow to their full potential.

We specialize in placing adolescents and young adults in American therapeutic programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with families located within the United States and abroad.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.

Owner, Lead Consultant

Shayna Abraham holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Eating Disorders from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has completed additional course work in chemical dependency at California State University, East Bay. Prior to full time consulting, she worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients including adults, adolescents, children and families.

Shayna understands that each family she works with has unique and often complex challenges. Her intent is to meet each family where they are and guide them to reach their individually defined goals. Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of families and has placed clients in academic and therapeutic settings.

Shayna regularly travels nationally and internationally, maintaining her direct knowledge of schools and programs. This allows her to cultivate relationships directly with each of the professionals and programs she recommends. She utilizes her in-depth understanding of diagnosis, assessment, and treatment to advocate for her clients while guiding the family through the entire treatment process.


For families who are just beginning to see the signs and the symptoms of trouble.

Family Support

For families in need of a new or modified treatment team.


For families who need options outside of the home.

After Care

Providing best fit options in a safe and secure 'real world' environment.

Home Planning

Creating structure and support through past learnings.