Mental health therapy is recommended when anxious symptoms impact your quality of life. You are more powerful than your anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal response to stress and danger.  Anxiety disorders occur when the level of anxiety has interfered with the quality of life. 

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, affecting approximately 19% of adults and 32% of adolescents in the U.S. each year. Common symptoms of anxiety are listed below.

Specific anxiety disorders we work with at Bloom include:

The treatment approaches we use allow you to understand the reason for your emotions, identify your triggers, learn practical skills to reframe your thinking, and develop skills to cope with and overcome triggers.

Common anxious symptoms include: constant worries, sleep difficulties, feelings of impending doom/terror, feeling out of control, avoidance of nervous/anxious triggers, nervous habits, avoidance of social settings/situations, panic attacks, perfectionism, obsessions, compulsions, feeling restless or on-edge, difficulty focusing or zoning-out, muscle tension*, shaking*, racing heart*, hyperventilating*, and digestive issues*

* It is important to discuss any physical symptoms with a medical professional.

Body Image Concerns

Mental health therapy is recommended if you are experiencing the below-listed symptoms and feel they impact your daily life. Treatment can also prevent body image concerns from escalating to mental health issues like eating disorders.

Negative body image is the belief that one's body or parts of the body are unacceptable. Body iimage struggles can be challenging to avoid  when we live in a culture that glorifies specific beauty ideals.  Societal messages bombard us by telling us our worth is connected to our appearance and size.

Our treatment approaches at Bloom help you address body image concerns and rebuild a healthy self-image.  Bloom follows non-diet approaches, such as Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size® (HAES®). We also help you develop skills to become a critical viewer of inaccurate societal messages related to appearance and size.

Let us help your self-esteem bloom.

Common negative body image symptoms include: blaming self for appearance, idealizing cultural ideals related to appearance, negative self-talk, depression, anxiety, irritability, dieting, feelings of being "not enough", attempting to hide certain body parts or "flaws", viewing self in a distorted way/body dysmorphia, disordered eating, excessively changing outfits, hyperfocusing on exercise, compulsive mirror checking, avoidance of mirrors, compulsive checking of nutritional labels, comparing oneself to others, seeking medical procedures or medications to alter appearance, and constantly needing reassurance about one's appearance from others


Depression is more than just feeling sad. Mental health therapy is recommended if you are experiencing the below-listed symptoms and feel they impact your daily life.

Depression can lead to various emotional and physical problems and impact your ability to function in typical day-to-day activities.  Depression may be experienced as one episode, but for most, depressive disorder recurs. Approximately 19 million adults and 3 million adolescents experience depressive episodes in the U.S. annually.

Our treatment approaches at Bloom allow you to understand the reason for your emotions,  explore your thoughts, and identify your triggers.  You will also learn effective skills to change your thoughts and emotional responses.

You deserve to heal.

Common depressive symptoms include: persistent sadness, depressed mood, loss of interest in things previously enjoyed, changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping, excessively sleeping, loss of energy, feeling worthless, lack of motivation, hopelessness, helplessness, grief, guilt, thoughts of self-harm, death, or suicide, irritability, difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions, aches or pains*, headaches*, and digestive issues*

* It is important to discuss any physical symptoms with a medical professional.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex illnesses that have severe emotional and physical consequences.  Because of this, it is recommended that those struggling with eating disorders work with a multi-disciplinary team involving a therapist, dietitian, and medical professionals, specifically trained in eating disorder treatment. 

Over 30 million individuals experience a significant eating disorder in their lifetime.  One person dies every 52 minutes due to an eating disorder.

Eating disorders involve serious disturbances in eating behaviors and feelings of extreme concern about body shape or weight. It is common for those struggling with eating disorders to deny that they have a problem. 

Specific Eating Disorders we treat at Bloom include:

At Bloom all of our therapists are HAES® aligned and either on track to become or already are Certified Eating Disorder Specialists. Our treatment approaches at Bloom help you address your disordered eating patterns and the thoughts and emotions connected while developing adaptive practices and building self-compassion.

Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible!

Common eating disorder symptoms include: preoccupation with food, weight, and body shape/size, restricting food intake, intense fear of gaining weight or of being fat, persistent behaviors to manipulate weight, heavy influence of weight and perceived body image on self-esteem, being considerably underweight for age and height, distorted body image, low self-esteem, eating habits interfering with normal social functions, rapid weight change, cutting out food groups, significant weight loss/low body weight, failure to gain weight in children, denial of severity of low weight, fixation on "healthy eating", excuses for not eating/denial of hunger, food rituals, eating large amounts of food rapidly, eating until uncomfortably/painfully full, lack of control over eating, feelings of distress, shame, embarrassment, disgust, or guilt related to food and size, secretive eating and/or missing food, visits to the bathroom after meals, weight fluctuations, excessive and compulsive exercise regime, hiding food, use of purging behaviors, such as vomiting, excessive exercise, laxative or diuretic use, eating items that are not considered food, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, self-injury, social isolation, intense, dramatic mood swings, control issues, sleep difficulties, memory loss, self-medicating with food, self-criticism, extreme pickiness in choosing food, difficulty chewing food, lack of appetite, anxiety presented with "fear" foods, vomiting or gagging after exposure to certain foods, dependence on nutritional supplements, and avoidance of specific food items as related to sensory features.

*Common physical warning signs of eating disorders include: pale appearance/yellowish skin-tone, thin, dull, and dry hair, skin, and nails, cold intolerance/hypothermia, fatigue/dizziness/fainting, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia (iron deficiency), poor circulation in extremities, gastrointestinal problems, muscle loss and weakness, abnormally slow and/or irregular heartbeat, irregular or loss of menstruation, weak or brittle bones/osteoporosis/osteoarthritis, swelling, growth of fine, downy hair (lanugo), decreased growth hormone which may lead to delayed physical maturation, decreased estrogen/testosterone/thyroid hormone, infertility, electrolyte imbalance, swollen parotid glands in cheeks and neck, discoloration and/or staining of the teeth, broken blood vesels in eyes and/or face, calluses on the back of the hands/knuckles, sore throat, heartburn/acid reflux, dehydration, gastric rupture, inflammation and possible rupture of the esophagus, development of peptic ulcers, pancreratitis (inflammation of the pancreas), stomach pain and bloating, constipation and diarrhea, cathartic colon, hemorrhoids, tooth decay/gum disease, kidney and liver damage, cardiac arrest, lipid abnormalities, heart disease, gallbladder disease, joint and muscle pain, sleep apnea, low blood sugar, hair loss, and growth failure.

* It is important to note that there are several severe physical implications of disordered eating.  It is crucial to discuss any physical symptoms with a medical professional.

Self-Harm Behaviors

When emotional pain overwhelms, some people will turn to self-harm to cope. Self-harm is intentionally inflicting pain on one’s self.

At Bloom, we treat self-harm through a harm-reduction lens because we know that self-harm can help to manage difficult emotions. Harm reduction means that we will help you replace self-harm with healthier and safer skills to cope with pain.

About 17% of all people will self-harm during their lifetime. Self-harming behaviors can include cutting, scratching, burning, carving words or symbols, hitting/punching oneself, piercing, pulling hair, or picking at wounds.

Self-harm is connected with other emotional struggles, including depression, suicidal ideation, confusion, sadness, anxiety, and trauma. People use self-harm to manage pain for many reasons: to feel relief, for self-punishment, or to break through feelings of numbness.

The treatment approaches we utilize at Bloom help you address your patterns of self-harm, identify the thoughts and feelings connected, develop adaptive practices, and build emotional resiliency. 

Warning signs for self-harm include: fresh cuts, burns, scratches, or bruises, scarring, rubbing area excessively to create a burn, having sharp objects on hand, wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather, difficulty with interpersonal relationships or isolation, low self-esteem, behavioral or emotional instability or impulsivity, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.


Trauma is an emotional response to an event viewed as physically or emotionally threatening or harmful.  Trauma can create emotional effects immediately after the event and in the long term. Mental health therapy can decrease the emotional impact of trauma.

Trauma can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and vicarious trauma.  PTSD can develop when symptoms of the traumatic event continue or increase over time.  Vicarious trauma, or secondary trauma, can occur when a person develops trauma symptoms in response to being in close contact with someone that experienced a traumatic event. Approximately 1 in 13 people in the U.S. will develop PTSD at some point in their life.

It is important to note that everyone handles stress and events differently.  Therefore, trauma therapy would benefit you if you have experienced any distressing event and have felt unable to overcome symptoms associated with the event.

Our treatment approaches at Bloom allow you to explore traumatic experiences and emotional responses in a supportive and safe environment while building resiliency for future life experiences. Your past does not define you.

Common symptoms of trauma include: having difficulty processing your experience, feeling overwhelmed, helpless, hopelessness, denial, anger or irritability, fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, shame, guilt, confusion, emotional numbness, difficulty concentrating, flashbacks or persistant memories of the event, nightmares, sleeping difficulties, avoidance of triggers to traumatic event, feeling jumpy or constantly alert, headaches*, digestive issues*, fatigue*, racing heart*, and sweating*.

* It is important to discuss any physical symptoms with a medical professional.

Karen Moore, LCSW, CEDS-S

Alyssa Hickey, LCSW

Sydney Reese, LMHC


Melissa Lichtenberger, LMHC

Lara Lough, RMHCI

Elizabeth Rubin, RCSWI

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Stuart, Florida. 34994



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