Background

I am a San Francisco Bay Area-based licensed Clinical Psychologist. California license: PSY #30561. A trained life coach, I use psychology and therapy to help my clients heal the past, and build better futures.

• Currently providing psychological services and therapy to individuals, couples and groups.

• Staff Psychologist, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California.  
• Substance abuse counselor. I’ve worked in all areas of substance abuse and process addictions, from prevention to in-patient treatment centers.

• Psychological Assistant, Woods Creek Psychological Group, Sonora, CA., 2013-2019
• School Therapist and Counselor, 1997-2012.
• Primary Therapist at Four Winds West in Fairfax, CA. Assisted young adults with a variety of mental health challenges during their transitions to adulthood. 2010-2013
• Rites of passage Program Coordinator, and Community Service Coordinator at the Marin School, Sausalito, CA.

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Training

PsyD from Meridian University, Petaluma, CA.
CAADC certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Healing Heart and Mind

When I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor and heal people. At the age of eight I made my own doctor’s kit, and not the play kind you find in a toy store. I had band-aids, gauze pads, a real thermometer, even a real stethoscope that I sent away for from a catalogue. Later, when I considered medical school, I realized that the healing I wanted to do was more than the body, much more than figuring out what medications to give for which symptoms.  The real healing I wanted to do was of the heart, body, mind, and soul. I finally came to see psychology as the kind of medicine I wanted to practice.

Initiation and Rites of Passage
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Working with clients for over twenty years, I’ve found rituals of initiation produce profound and lasting change.  I’ve taken groups of young adults into the desert for vision quests, and created simple ceremonies to mark profound changes.  These practices help people cross a psychological boundary.

Please contact me by phone, text or email to explore how we might work together. — Victoria Bloom, PsyD.

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