This chart contains Apps for mental health therapy reference and tools or assessments used in psychotherapy that were found in the Apple and/or Android App stores. If you know of an mental health related App that should be on the list, please let us know.
Before you rely on an App to make clinical mental health treatment decisions, consider the source of the material to ensure it is up to date an accurate. If you are intending on entering mental health client data in the App, first ensure that the App meets HIPAA, HITECH and encryption compliance standards.
A discussion thread on self-help Apps is at the end of this chart.
|AAC Autism myVoiceCommunicator||AppHouse Software||Therapy||Autism communication aid||Android,|
|Autism/DTT Colors Full||DrBrownSapps.com||Therapy||Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT)||Android,|
|Breathing Zone – Relaxing Breathing Exercises||Breathing Zone Limited||Therapy||Relaxation and stress relief through therapeutic breathing||iOS, Android,|
|Cope with Bereavement||TapMedia Publishing||Therapy||Hypnotherapy, coping||iOS, Android,|
|Depression Consultant||Scaled Psychiatric Systems, Inc./ Clinaptica||Therapy||Depression||iOS,|
|Depression Cure – The Free 12 week course||Archie's Empire||Therapy||12 step depression treatment||iOS,|
|Depression Test & Tracker||Rogobete Christian||Therapy||Depression assessment and tracking||iOS,|
|Digipill – Change Your Mind||YUZA||Therapy||Psychoacoustics to attend to depression, stress, weight, smoking, anxiety etc||iOS, Android,|
|DOD Self Helpline||RAINN for SAPRO||Therapy||Sexual assault||iOS,|
|DREAM-e: Dream Therapy||Technosophics||Therapy||Dreams||iOS, Android,|
|Eat, Sleep & be Thin Hypnosis||Shirley Vinock Hypnosis||Therapy||(Self) Hypnosis, weight loss||Android,|
|iCBT||Bonfire Development Advisors, Inc. Software design and development.||Therapy||Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress and anxiety||iOS,|
|Inner Balance||HeartMath Inc.||Therapy||Stress||iOS,|
|Know thyself free psychology||Zenapps||Therapy||Depression, panic and emotional evaluation||Android,|
|Live Happy||Signal Patterns||Therapy||Depression||iOS,|
|Marriage And Counseling||appsforbusinessgeek||Therapy||Marriage counseling||Android,|
|Men's Psychology||Men's Psychology||Therapy||Men's Psych. Improvement||Android,|
|Mental Fitness||Hot Chili Apps||Therapy||Subconscience||iOS,|
|Mental Health Assessments||Darren Gates||Therapy||Mental Health Assessment (surveys)||Android,|
|Mental Workout||Mental Workout Inc.||Therapy||Meditation and Stress||iOS,|
|Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind||Electric Eggplant||Therapy||Emotional and Social Issues||iOS,|
|Mood Tuner||Kate Howe Makes Things||Therapy||Stress||iOS,|
|MoodKit – Mood Improvement Tools||Thriveport, LLC||Therapy||Emotion/wellbeing through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)||iOS,|
|Panic Attack Eliminator||Charles Linden Media Ltd||Therapy||Panic Attack||iOS,|
|Panic Attack TalkDown||Charles Linden Media Ltd||Therapy||Panic Attack||iOS,|
|Panic Manager||Gareth Jones||Therapy||Panic Attack Relief||iOS,|
|Personal Psychology Tests||Darren Gates||Therapy||A variety of simple questionnaires to help determine various psychology disorder||Android,|
|PocketPCM||Next Element||Therapy||Process Communication Model reference||iOS, Android,|
|Quit Smoking Now||Daniel Gonzalez||Therapy||Smoking Addiction||iOS,|
|Relax||Saagara||Therapy||Relaxation therapy||iOS, Android, Nook,|
|Sleep Now with Dr. Holt HD||TapMedia Publishing||Therapy||Hypnotherapy, sleeping issues||iOS,|
|Sport Psychology Focus&Breathe||Happy Caffeine||Therapy||Sports Psychology||Android,|
|Stop Smoking in 5 Days||Daniel Gonzalez||Therapy||Smoking Addiction||iOS,|
|Stop Smoking Now (Pocket Hypnotherapy)||TapMedia Publishing||Therapy||Hypnotherapy, smoking||iOS, Android,|
|Stressfree with Deepak Chopra||Signal Patterns||Therapy||Stress management||iOS,|
|Surviving Depression||Pauline Books and Media||Therapy||Depression||iOS, Android,|
|SWS: Grief Support||Vintage Wisdom Ltd||Therapy||Grief||Android,|
|Wee You- Things||Wee Society LLC||Therapy||Teach Diversity to kids||iOS,|
|Your Child's Social Health||Darren Gates||Therapy||Surveys and assessments common in psychology and sociology targeting child social health||Android,|
|Your Rapid Diagnosis- Mental Health||WWW Machealth Pty Ltd||Therapy||Mental Health diagnosis||iOS, Android,|
|Helpouts||Therapy and Self-help||Health||Android,|
|Relax and Sleep Well with Glenn Harold||i-mobilize, inc.||Therapy||Hypnotherapy/sleep||iOS, Android,|
|Fuze||Fuze||Self-help, Students, Therapists, Therapy||Video Conferencing||iOS, Android,|
|Cisco Jabber||Cisco Jabber||Self-help, Students, Therapists, Therapy||Video Conferencing||iOS, Android,|
|Polycom RealPresence||PolyCom||Self-help, Students, Therapists, Therapy||Video Conferencing||iOS, Android,|
|Banckle Online Meeting||Banckle||Self-help, Students, Therapists, Therapy||Video Conferencing||Android,|
|CBT-i Coach||U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA||Therapy||Insomnia||iOS, Android,|
|Talkspace||Talkspace||Therapy||Therapist Directory||iOS, Android,|
|Big White Wall US||Big White Wall||Therapy, Self-Help||Therapist Directory||iOS, Android,|
|ACT Coach||US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)||Self-Help, Therapy||Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfullness||iOS,|
|AETAS||Rosemary Sword||Therapy||Time Perspective Therapy, thoughtfullness||iOS,|
|DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach||Durham DBT, Inc.||Therapy, Self-help||Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment||iOS,|
|eCBT calm||MindApps llc||Therapy||Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Stress||iOS,|
|SoberTool||SoberTool||self-help, therapy||addiction, drugs, sobriety||iOS, Android,|
|SBIRT||James Bray with Baylor University||Self-help, therapy||addiction, substance abuse, alcoholism, drugs||iOS,|
If you have a mental health related App you would like to recommend or if you would like to discuss creating an App for psychotherapy you can contact Jay Ostrowski via email: Jay@BehavioralHealthInnovation.com.
Behavioral Health Innovation makes no warranties or claims regarding the usefulness of any of the above listed Apps and is not liable for the use or distribution of these products or services.
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How to Use Apps in Psychotherapy
There are MANY uses for Apps, but if you are brand new to using Apps in therapy, start by considering what you already use and see if there is a cross over product. The best way to start using Apps in therapy is to find ways to use an App to do what you already recommend to clients. Make sure that the recommendation fits the therapeutic goals of the client and the client has a clear rational for using it. I tend to frame this as an “experiment” to gather more information for a few days. Clients, unless they are compulsive, usually wane in compliance after a few few days anyway, so suggest they collect for a few days and save the information for the next meeting.
Have you ever had a client that could use a little more self-awareness? Ever wish you could collect more information to understand the extent of the client’s issue or help the client identify patterns? Does your client wonder if the medication really making a difference? Of course, the answer is “Yes” to all of these. Collecting information is one of the most basic (and easy) uses for Apps. Asking your client to log the “moment,” or collect information at different prescribed intervals could bring in valuable data into therapy. Imagine a client brining in a completed chart of the targeted emotions or behaviors and corresponding notes for those times.
A cautionary note on intervention Apps. Make sure that you are comfortable with the developer and material in the App. The FDA is working on regulations to monitor and regulate Apps that are relied upon for clinical decision-making and interventions. Until Apps are regulated, counselors should treat Apps like they would a self-help book and ensure that the materials are sound and appropriate to the client. There are a lot of Apps on the market that are simply entertaining or poorly done. So take a moment and try out an App and test it before you recommend it.
Once you are ready to recommend an App for therapy, take a moment and walk through using the app in session. This will help the client clearly understand what is expected and help the therapist identify any client’s limitations. Be clear on the expectations for use and the worth of the material gathered. Focus on the material rather than the technology. Keep the time interval for the App use short. Make sure the client is comfortable with the user agreement for the App. Do not have them email the results or post them on social media sites that are not HIPAA compliant.
The App will not replace the therapist, as many in mental health fear. We are not working towards the counselor saying “Take two Apps and call me next week.” Apps, like assessments, self-help materials and worksheets, serve as enhancements to the therapy process. Uses of Apps in therapy are as individual as the therapy session. Experiment with some of the Apps and post some feedback on your experiences.
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