I’d like to write today about my first meeting with families, and how communication plays a vital role. The process generally goes something like this: After discussing the reason they have sought out help, we discuss how the family currently functions. We talk about the parents’ relationship with their children and with one another. We talk […]
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The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in the U.S., about 8 percent of adolescents (13-18 years old) are experiencing a diagnosable anxiety disorder. They further report that while most of these teens have been experiencing symptoms since the age of 6, only 18 percent of them have received treatment for their symptoms. […]
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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 […]
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I would like to remind parents about the risks of transition times. Increasingly, parents are seeing that the transition to young adulthood is not a smooth one. When I speak about transitions with parents I am often referring to transitions between activities such as going from English to Math class, from school to home, or from sports practice to […]
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According to a study at the University of South Florida completed by Emily Shaffer-Hudkins and her team, happier teens are healthier teens. Her findings were reported in Springer’s Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. Shaffer-Hudkins’ used a sample of 401 students in grades 6-8 from a suburban southeastern middle school in the United States. She […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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We are watching as the government is struggling to figure out our country’s budget. This video gives us something to think about for girls worldwide. If you are interested in what you can do please take a look at halftheskymovement.org.
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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.
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.
For families in need of a new or modified treatment team.
For families who need options outside of the home.
Providing best fit options in a safe and secure 'real world' environment.
Creating structure and support through past learnings.