Dr. Bloom has been a licensed psychologist since 1994, working in South Tampa since 1998. She has extensive experience working with children and families. Dr. Bloom also has testified in court regarding developmental or mental health issues in cases involving custody arrangements and long-term planning for foster children.
Office hours include weekdays and Saturdays.
September 1988 – April 1993
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
September 1986 – May 1988
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
September 1982 – May 1985
Duke University, Durham, NC
Given the very real, serious, potential consequences of spreading the Covid-19 virus, Dr. Bloom is not seeing clients in the office in most cases. If telehealth is an adequate option (even if it is not optimal), for the sake of safety, we will use video means for sessions. If, however, a client is in crisis and the concerns cannot be addressed through telehealth, we will schedule in-office session(s).
For in-office appointments, the following precautions will be taken:
1. Anyone who is ill, in any way, should not come to the office. Ask to reschedule.
2. Everyone who enters the office should use hand sanitizer or wash their hands in the sink before touching anything.
3. The office and waiting room will be cleaned after each client, using anti-bacterial wipes on surfaces that can be treated that way.
4. Cleanable (metal) chairs have been added to the waiting room. Clients are encouraged to use them.
5. Only one adult (and no children) may be in the waiting room while a child is in a session. That adult is encouraged to sit on the metal chairs and wear a mask if anyone else is present during transitions.
6. Parents of therapy clients should remain in their cars until they are texted that the office is empty and they may come in.
7. The office will only be used on Mondays and Fridays. Those time gaps should allow for natural deterioration of any virus that is present in the office.
8. In the therapy office, materials will be cleaned after each use. The therapist will try to maintain 6-foot distance from clients, but in some cases that is not do-able due to the children’s ages and behaviors. If a child is unable to manage the space expectations, Dr. Bloom will wear a face mask.
We hope that these plans will keep everyone as safe as possible, while also making sure our clients' mental health needs are being met adequately.
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