Michelle Bloom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York, She believes in a holistic and mindful approach when working with her clients. She strives to understand and incorporate both the unique relationship between mind and body, as well as relationships with others. She specializes in working with individuals who want to make changes in their lives, yet struggle due to fear, lack of support and/or confidence, or intense emotions that feel overwhelming. Typical areas of work include life transitions within personal and professional arenas, marital and/or romantic conflict, and separation or loss of loved ones. She encourages and helps clients overcome emotional blockages and gain a sense of confidence in themselves and their ability to make changes and decisions in their lives.
Michelle received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and went on to complete postgraduate training at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her postgraduate experience includes training in Attachment-based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing for Co-occurring Disorders. Michelle opened BloomTherapy in 2013 with the hopes of bringing qualified expert mental health services to individuals living in the Tri-state area.
Kitama Seeger is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New York. He aims to provide simple, effective skills to help clients cope with daily stress. His goal is to meet his clients where they are and to make them feel at ease to talk. He strives to help his clients achieve the life that they dreamed of or return to the life they once had.
He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work where he completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He also holds experience in treating adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, trauma histories, anger management issues, self-harming behavior and suicidal ideations.
As a mixed-race professional who has undergone several career transitions, he is trained in managing issues of identity, self-esteem and stressful career transitions. Kitama also holds employment as a social worker at Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center, working with men and women suffering chemical dependency. He offers evening and weekend hours at BloomTherapy.
Ruth Karasik is a new York State Licensed Social Worker who’s passion and focus is working with adults, adolescents, and families experiencing distress in their relationships and/or symptoms of depression and anxiety.She approaches her work clients from a place of genuine curiosity and understanding. She aims to provide a safe space where together with her clients, they can discuss the challenges getting in the way of achieving their goals and create a sustainable support system for lasting change in their life. She emphasizes transparency during the therapeutic process.
Ruth is a graduate of New York University’s School of Social Work and holds various trainings including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and Grief counseling for individuals and families who have experienced loss. Her background in Nutrition, Yoga, and Healthcare studies informs the ways in which she works to help her clients achieve a better balance between negotiating daily stress and building care and compassion for themselves. She also holds employment at Mount Sinai Hospital working with individuals and families.
Elizabeth Lindgren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. She believes in an eclectic and relational approach to working with her clients. She strives to understand the nuances of her clients’ life experiences and approaches her work through a lens that values identity, life roles, family of origin, and the impact of systemic barriers on one’s lived experience. She feels tremendously privileged to join and support her clients in working towards meaningful shifts in their lives, whether it be family conflict, career transitions, or/and, intimate relationships. She use a supportive approach that takes into account each person's own style in the therapeutic process.
She holds over ten years of experience working in youth and family development. She has trained through the Ackerman Institute of Family Therapy: Foundations and Live Clinical Supervision and has had the privilege to work with youth and their families in dynamic ways clinically and experientially in a variety of traditional and unique ways.
Elizabeth is also the Director of Social Work at Rocking the Boat empowering youth in the South Bronx to achieve their academic and personal goals. She offers weekend hours at BloomTherapy
Courtney Vine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York. She works with clients who are dissatisfied with their lives and/or their relationships, yet struggle to achieve meaningful change on their own. She strives to help individuals develop an better understanding of their struggles and guide them towards more authentic relationships leading to a more fulfilled life. She adopts an attitude of curiosity and compassion towards oneself and works with her clients to open themselves up to new insights, flexible thinking, and a stronger sense of self. She strives to create a non-judgmental environment in which her clients feel safe to examine these parts and supported through the process.
Courtney is a graduate of New York University’s School of Social Work. She has undergone post-graduate training at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology and practices psychodynamic psychotherapy informed by interpersonal psychoanalysis and Attachment Theory, focusing on relationships and the ways we connect to ourselves and others. Typical areas of expertise include anxiety; depression; life transitions; interpersonal problems; relational trauma; and poor self-esteem.