Mental Health

Wikipedia describes mental health as: "Mental health describes either a level of cognitive or emotional well-being or an absence of a mental disorder. From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Mental health is an expression of our emotions and signifies a successful adaptation to a range of demands."

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One of every Twelve Teens Suffer from Anxiety Posted May 5 2011 | 11:31 pm

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Facts about ADHD Posted April 18 2011 | 1:17 pm

What is ADHD? The National Institute of Mental Health defines Attention Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) as ” a term used to describe a group of behaviors that most often appear in young, school-aged children.” How is ADHD diagnosed? There is no one test that can diagnose ADHD.  A trained mental health professional, or physician can assist in ruling out […]

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Cutting Posted April 17 2011 | 11:19 am

Cutting is a form of self injury where small cuts are made typically on the body arms and/or legs.  Cutting is a way for teens to release emotional pain.  The practice of cutting has been happening in secret for ages, but more recently has come to light as it has been shown in movies, TV […]

Happier Teens are Healthier Teens Posted April 16 2011 | 3:26 pm

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 […]

How to Choose a Therapist Posted April 15 2011 | 2:43 pm

A therapist is a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems. Therapists specialize in areas such as addiction, depression, autism, eating disorders, and many others. I frequently get contacted by people who don’t require a consultant, but they do need a therapist. In those situations I’m able to connect […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Importance of Self Care Posted April 4 2011 | 8:50 am

We have all heard that in order to take care of others we have to take care of ourselves first, but in a time where every minute is accounted for how can we put this in place? Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be extremely time-consuming. Even taking five minutes to meditate, or a […]

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. […]

Books on Mental Health

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)

An incredible journey as one person faces anorexia and bulimia. Very helpful read for parents who may not understand what their child is going through.

Shayna Abraham, M.A.
Owner, Lead Consultant
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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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