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How was your Passover and/or Easter holiday?

Sometimes the holidays can be a time of sadness and grief for people when they are not able to be with their families.

Other times, family makes you feel crazy when you are forced to spend that much time together.

It can often feel like a lose/lose situation unless you are born into the perfect family, which doesn’t exist.

This past weekend I had an opportunity to spend time with both family and friends who celebrated this time of year very differently with some celebrating Passover and others Easter.
There were so many different types of families and celebrations - but the underlying commonality is being together. I was blessed to be with three generations of the Rice family which made me feel very grateful.  

One of our most human needs is to be valued and accepted by the people we surround ourselves with.  You can choose to make your family those people, or to make your friends your family. There are many ways to conceptualize family so it fulfills your own needs.

Keep that in mind with Mother’s day around the corner. There are many women in your life who have mothered you and have been positive role models, they did not all give birth to you and that’s okay.  Celebrate with those you love and value in your life.

P.S. If you notice during your family gatherings someone who seems to lack focus and may behave like they are a bit all over the place, it is possible that they suffer from ADHD. Before you judge them, or yourself, read the article below.

ADHD CAN Be Treated Without Medication

Today the incidence of ADHD has risen to 7-10% of children world-wide and about 2-5% of adults. The use of ADHD medication is on the rise, with usage more than tripling worldwide since the early 1990's. This leads many parents to search for alternative, chemical-free treatments for their kids.

Many children struggle to pay attention or stay on task.

These behaviors are often associated with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and medication is...

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Have you ever wished you could pay attention longer, focus better, work more quickly and remember more?

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What's Happening at Rice Psychology

This morning, our very own Dr. Megan Sutsko is thrilled to be speaking with students and faculty about Preventing Bullying at Plant High School.

Rice Psychology Stand Up To BullyingFollowing in the spirit of Dr. Sutsko’s talk, RPG’s Dr. Melissa DeGeso-Jones will be starting a “Stand Up to Bullying” group for teens who are or have experienced bullying.

The group will begin on Thursday July 10th and will meet every Thursday in our North Tampa office from 5:00 to 6:30.  This is a 16-week group with 2 primary objectives:

First, to help teens work through the bullying they have experienced and second, to prepare them for embarking on a new school year. The group will continue to meet through the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year to provide continuity and ongoing support for new skills and interpersonal strategies acquired through the group.  

The price of this group is $60/week, payable at the beginning of each month.  There is a discount offered for those who pay for the full group in advance.  Please contact the office via phone at 813-969-3878 or email us at to register.

Our Team

Since opening her private practice in Tampa in 2001, Dr. Wendy Rice has become widely known in the region as a highly qualified and compassionate psychologist. She has significant experience working with children, adolescents, adults and seniors, offering Diagnostic Interviews, Testing and Assessment and Therapy to her clients.

In 2010, she added several therapists and expanded her services to create Rice Psychology Group. Under Dr. Rice’s direction, all of the psychologists and therapists in the practice work to offer personalized care in an atmosphere that is both professional and relaxed.
Dr. Melissa DeGeso-Jones joins Rice Psychology Group as a psychology resident under the supervision of Dr. Rice. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Argosy University – Tampa and her internship training in child and adolescent psychology at Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, CT ( the first child guidance center in the country). Additionally, she has extensive training and experience in PTSD and trauma related disorders through her seven year tenure at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT. She has served as a psychological consultant to the CT State Attorney General’s office and presented at the local, state and national levels for her work with traumatized Victims of Crime.
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