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A Plan for Summer Posted April 25 2011 | 6:56 pm

As Spring Break comes to an end, the count down to summer begins. Summer means family trips, summer school, camps, and lots of unstructured time. This leaves parents with the daunting task of figuring out what to do to fill three months of freedom. Proper planning is the key to a great summer. Summer is a great […]

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 […]

Warning Signs for Teen Depression Posted April 13 2011 | 11:48 am

Teens experience lots of emotional ups and downs, but it is important for parents to know the warning signs when depression persists.  Most parents know when something is “off” with their child, so it is important to trust your gut and take action. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry recommends watching for the following […]

Blood Tests to Diagnose Schizophrenia Posted April 10 2011 | 10:11 am

The diagnosis of schizophrenia and other mental health disorders is increasingly becoming a more scientific process.  A new blood test from veripsych looks at biomarkers found in the patients blood that are associated with schizophrenia.  The company partnered with Cambridge University in creating the new blood test.  While the blood test alone is not intended to diagnose […]

Ameliorating loneliness through the use of technology Posted April 9 2011 | 1:22 pm

Loneliness seems to be here to stay. Although western civilization has allowed us to connect with more people faster  and more frequently than ever before, many of us find ourselves suffering from feelings of abject solitude. Perhaps stimulating our sense of community over long distances through text, pictures, and video simply isn’t enough to deliver […]

Second Hand Smoke can Lead to Mental Health Concerns Posted April 7 2011 | 10:10 am

We have heard for years now that second hand smoke can be physically deadly.  Now in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has published research looking at the links between second hand smoke and mental health disorders in children and adolescents.  The study included nearly 3,000 kids between the ages of 8-15.  Researchers looked […]

Major Depression and the Premature Aging of Immune Cells Posted April 6 2011 | 11:22 pm

A new UCSF led study, published in PLoS ONE, found that people who suffer from certain cases of major depression may have an elevated risk of suffering from serious illness. Important to note is that it’s the length of time the individual goes untreated that seems to be the critical factor. People with long-term depression […]

Eating Disorders on the Rise Posted March 31 2011 | 4:39 pm

In a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry on March 7th 2011, researchers found that disordered eating is on the rise in adolescents.  In particular, binge eating disorder is on the rise.  The new research also highlights the high correlations between other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. […]

Screen Obsessed Posted March 31 2011 | 4:14 pm

We have become a culture that is constantly connected , and are obsessed with our social media websites. In this day and age we are finding that there have been some harmful side effects for the instant connections we are able to make. ” Facebook depression” is the latest in this list.  It is unclear […]

Books on Depression

The Feeling Good Handbook

A step by step guide to healing the pain of depression from a cognitive behavioral approach.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.
Owner, Lead Consultant
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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.


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Home Planning

Creating structure and support through past learnings.