If your teen or young adult is struggling with addictive behavior and you are in search of additional support, Prepare To Bloom can help create a plan for your child and help your family heal. Contact us if you have a teen or young adult in your family who is struggling with an addiction.

We have become a culture driven to distraction from our own feelings and emotions. Some of the time these distractions lead teens and young adults to explore ways of feeling better without working through the situation. This can often take the form of using drugs, drinking, using computer games, gambling, and other addictive behaviors. All of these behaviors serve a purpose for the individual and become a coping mechanism to escape from reality. When a family works with Prepare To Bloom, we look to the underlying causes of the addictive behaviors. We want to join your treatment team and help to look at what the best form of treatment for your child is.

There are a wide range of treatment modalities. Figuring out the most appropriate form of treatment which will be most helpful for each child depends not only on your child's specific personality, but also the underlying factors leading to the addictive behavior. We work with programs that use twelve step, seven challenges, women for sobriety, smart recovery, and individualized approaches. Addiction is a family struggle. Although your child may be exhibiting the behavior, the work we do is done with the entire family system. Understanding the struggles your child is facing is the beginning of the work to be done. We work by facilitating healing of the family relationships. One of the biggest challenges for families when dealing with addiction is learning how to be together while moving forward.

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Second Annual National Take Back Day Posted April 30 2011 | 8:32 am

Announcement from the DEA News Release [print-friendly page] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2011 Contact: Public Affairs Number: (202) 307-7977 Over 5,300 Sites Join DEA Nationwide Effort to Take-Back Prescription Drugs on April 30th (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 30th. More than 5,300 […]

What we do at Prepare To Bloom, LLC Posted April 23 2011 | 7:38 pm

Prepare To Bloom, LLC Prepare to Bloom was formed in 2011 by Shayna Abraham, M.A., who has over a decade of experience in the therapeutic and educational consulting industry. She is well known for her work with another reputable consulting firm based in California. Shayna brings a unique set of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise […]

Teenage Addiction Posted April 22 2011 | 6:03 pm

Josh* was introduced to me by his parents because he was struggling to find time for anything other than online gaming and smoking pot.  Josh’s parents were concerned that he had become addicted to marijuana and online gaming. “Who knows?” they thought “Maybe he’s doing other things as well…” His parents shared that their relationship […]

Tips for Parents about Drugs and Alcohol Posted April 21 2011 | 5:58 pm

Parents often ask about what they should look for to know if their teen, tween, or young adult is using drugs or alcohol. Sometimes a child may tell you, in their own way, they are using but more often than not they will try and hide it. There are many subtle clues that parents can […]

Prescription Drug Abuse Facts Posted April 19 2011 | 4:35 pm

What is prescription drug abuse? Prescription drug abuse is when someone uses another person’s prescription, or uses their own prescription in a manner not as prescribed. What are the most commonly abused prescriptions?  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Opiods (such as the pain relievers OxyContin and Vicodin), central nervous system depressants, and stimulants […]

Addiction in the Tech Age Posted April 8 2011 | 3:06 pm

In a time where we are constantly connected and online all the time how do parents know how to set limits around their child’s use of technology?  Dr. Brent Conrad, a psychologist specializing in technology addiction in children adolescents and adults recommends setting time limits around technology use.  It is important to identify high risk […]

Shayna Abraham, M.A.
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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.


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