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How to Differentiate Mental Health Professionals

Sometimes people seek out a mental health professional when they're in "panic" mode.  They are of course, less inclined to understand the necessity for counseling when everything's fine, so they wait until there is a crisis before they take any action.  By that time, they are often so emotionally wrapped-up in the situation that they don't bother to look at the training or credentials and see the first mental health provider they find. The general public generally does not realize that there are more than a dozen mental health professional designations with many variations.  Educational level, clinical skills and training can...

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Jumping on the Cognitive Brain Train

Sarah received yet another “D” in English. She has had several tutors and is still having difficulty in the subject. Her parents want to help her, but do not know what may be issue. The reason for Sarah having difficulty learning may lie in several areas of cognitive processing. What is Cognitive Training? Cognition is a broad set of abilities that when used together, allow us to perceive, process, manipulate and respond to information. Some examples of cognitive functions are attention, memory, abstract reasoning and problem solving. Cognitive Training entails completing a variety of computerized exercises specifically designed to improve cognitive functioning in...

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What to Look for When Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a licensed psychologist or a therapist is something that must be taken seriously, especially if you're in a "crisis" which requires immediate attention.  It is critical, however, that you do your homework before making this important decision and ask questions that will assist you with the selection process.  Here are a few steps that will help with finding a mental health professional that matches your needs. The first thing you need to do prior to making your choice is to have information readily available to assist the potential therapist in evaluating your unique situation.  To help you get started, think...

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Help for Those with ADHD – Assistive Technology

By Wendy Rice, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist Recently, Jamie Kaplan, Recreation Therapist from the James A. Haley VA Hospital presented to the Tampa Bay ADHD Support Network about Assistive Technology. We wanted to be sure to share his message and great ideas just in case you weren’t able to make it to the meeting. Jamie is working on his master’s degree in Assistive Technology in Special Education at Bowling Green State University, but he already has so many certifications in this area it is surprising they let him into the program! Jamie spoke about why kids with ADHD often seem to love video...

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The Skinny on BMI Report Cards

Submitted by Dr. Steffanie Sperry Sally’s mother comes home from work and finds 9 –year-old Sally withdrawn and visibly upset. Upon questioning her daughter, she discovers that Sally had been given a BMI report card at school earlier that day. Sally tells her mother that she does not want to be ”fat”, and she wants to know what is wrong with her. She just wants to be like the other girls in her class that are in the “normal” range. Sally’s mother is taken aback and does not know what to say or how to respond to her daughter. There has been...

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Talking to Kids About School Shootings and Violence

It is incomprehensible to me that there was yet another school shooting last week.  My heart goes out to all of the students, teachers and families connected to the Arapahoe school shooting. The fact that this latest tragedy was so close to Columbine (just 8 miles away in Littleton, CO) and also on the eve of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT, makes this all the more painful. These days, it is hard enough for teens and tweens to grow up up with the increased pressures at school to meet "Common Core Standards," to keep up with but not become addicted...

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Appointments at Rice Psychology Group

  Who should come to the initial appointment at Rice Psychology Group? Children under the age of 12: We ask that parents come in without the child, so that we will have a chance to fully discuss the issues, history, and overall picture of what is going on without the child having to wait in the waiting room. A second session involves a playing or talking meeting with your child.  Children over the age of 12: If it is appropriate, bring your child to the appointment so they can participate in the process from the start. This meeting will be done in a...

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Halloween Costumes

Dr. Wendy Rice of Rice Psychology in Tampa was interviewed in October of 2013 on the Jim Bohannon Show from www.jimbotalk.net about Halloween costumes for kids and adults. Click Play below to listen to the interview. ...

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Halloween Costumes: Cute, Scary or Sexy?

Your daughter is so excited for Halloween! She is 7 years old and can’t wait to go to the Halloween store to pick out her costume. You are envisioning a clown, a ghost, maybe a princess or a cat. You are imagining how cute your little girl will look a dressed up, walking down the street eager to fill her plastic pumpkin with candy! Then reality strikes and your daughter shows you the costumes she really wants – a super-sexy witch or a lady vampire with thigh high boots! Yikes! Now what? I just Googled “Halloween Costumes Girl” and one of...

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Why Would Anyone Choose an Out-of-Network Mental Health Provider?

As a thriving psychology practice that does not participate in private or government health insurance plans, we are often asked why patients elect to see one of our psychologists on a self-pay fee system despite having insurance coverage.  Here are the top three reasons why it can be beneficial to establish with an out-of-network psychologist: No 3rd Party Dictating Care: We are able to develop individualized treatment plans without under-qualified managed care employees dictating the type of care we are able to provide.  We are able to provide scientifically supported therapies without arbitrary parameters set by insurance companies. We are able to schedule...

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