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Buyer Beware! The Downfall of Online Therapy!

We've all heard the saying, "if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is." And if you've been paying attention to the news recently, you've likely heard that this seems to be the case for many online therapy companies. You might say the cracks in the online therapy community are showing. Cerebral recently laid off hundreds of staff members and lost insurance contracts after an FDA investigation discovered several cases of overprescribing stimulants. The senate is also reviewing agencies such as Talkspace and BetterHelp for violating privacy rights and mining client data for third-party companies. It’s coming to light,...

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Transitioning Together: Talking with Your Children and Teens About Gender Identity

It's a popular topic right now, and rightfully so. Gender identity, specifically in kids and teens, has been at the forefront thanks to the increasing conversation on what it means to be transgender or gender fluid in today's world. At Rice Psychology Group, we've seen an increasing number of children and teens who believe that the gender they were assigned at birth is not the correct one.  Many are questioning what gender really means, if they must choose one or the other, and some are certain their “assigned at birth” gender does not match their identity. For most teens, the hardest part...

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Learn to Hope and Cope During Trying Times with Our Tampa Psychologists

It seems no matter where you turn, another report of a crisis is happening in the world. With the conflict unfolding in Ukraine, the images and videos of this incursion can be incredibly traumatic and frightening. Anyone can become fearful, wondering what is happening in the world and what will happen next. The significance of this crisis can be more overwhelming for people who live with anxiety or depression, especially given the hardships the world has endured together the past few years. Some may believe the only way to combat our feelings of hopelessness is to withdraw or not deal with them. However,...

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Testing & Assessments – Are You Getting What You Deserve?

Would you like to know what makes me angry? When I learn that a child was brought to a psychologist for an evaluation because they had a reading problem—and the psychologist gives their favorite tests - and in the end doesn’t make a diagnosis or reach a conclusion that addresses the reading problem. Perhaps they don’t make a diagnosis because they don’t think the child’s scores are low enough, or they don’t have enough training in Dyslexia and other reading disorders, or they believe they have to wait until the child receives more instruction before they can be diagnosed.  So,...

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This Way to Better Sleep: Tips to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene in 2022

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, do you lay awake staring at your ceiling for hours on end, or do you toss and turn all night long? Know you are not alone. Many people struggle to sleep, but that does not mean you should ignore the issue. Getting quality rest is essential to our physical and mental well-being. Our Tampa psychologists can help! To help you sleep better, the first step we'd like to propose is assessing your sleep hygiene and how your habits may be preventing you from getting a good night's rest. • Do you use technology before bed? •...

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With a New Year Comes a New Diet and Mindset!

Today’s story is personal since it’s mine. Please consider it as it relates to this week’s topic. I’ve struggled with my weight since high school and have gone up, down, and practically sideways on the scale over the years. Breaking my leg in 2005 was a huge setback, and the effects of the weight gained that year have lingered. I’ve heard many people with poor diets and lack of exercise complain of feeling sluggish, both mentally and physically. Like many, there have been days when I’ve had particular trouble focusing and lacked the motivation to get off the couch. After speaking with...

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Does My Child Have Dyslexia: Understanding the Disorder

My child has always been bright and kept up with her schoolwork during her first few years of education. However, I noticed she was becoming frustrated while reading, and now she is having difficulty in her fourth-grade class. I asked her what was wrong, and she told me she did not understand some of her school work. So I sat down to help her and realized she could barely read the material. She struggled to identify simple words, and her notes were incredibly unorganized. As a result, she is distraught, and her confidence has fallen. Does my child have dyslexia?...

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Navigating ADHD: A Guide for Every Struggling Parent

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My child has been acting out in school recently and in public whenever we visit restaurants or stores. He doesn’t sit for long and doesn’t focus or listen to my directions. Every time I try to talk to him, he loses interest and starts playing with a nearby toy or game. Not only is it incredibly frustrating to help him in school, but it’s a little embarrassing, too. I feel like this is a reflection of me as a parent. His guidance counselor at school suggested having him evaluated because...

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What Should You do if Your Child Becomes a Bully?

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. My daughter is in the sixth grade. Her grades are good, she does her chores, and she is an all-around great kid – or so I thought. The other day, her principal called me and claimed she’s been bullying some other girls in her class by commenting on their weight, and she even pushed another girl to get her to buy her ice cream at lunch. I couldn’t believe what he was saying. My daughter is such a nice girl, and I’ve always thought my husband and I did a...

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What Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is and How it Works

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s topic. Mary gets the fifth call this week from her child’s preschool about her son hitting other kids, not listening to instructions, and generally being disruptive. She picks him up, tries to talk to him about what happened, and all he does is scream “No!” at her until she gives up. At the grocery store, her son continues to scream as he sits in the cart. Mary gets judgmental looks from other shoppers and does her best to ignore them but feels completely embarrassed. Finally, she hands her son her phone...

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