We love using mental health apps with our clients! It’s a great way to keep you connected to the work you’re doing in therapy in between appointments. The more you use skills and strategies in between sessions, the more likely you’ll see improvements over time. Many of the apps below have been created by the government in the VA system, but are open to the public for anyone to use. We really like them because they are based in evidence-based treatments.
Most of these apps are recommended to be used in conjunction with your in-person therapy. Many of these apps are not intended to be used as self-help resources.
Are you and your therapist working together using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)? If so, this can be a great tool to help you with mindfulness, connecting with the present moment, observing your thoughts, connecting with your values, and taking action/committing to your values.
Diaphragmatic breathing (also known as belly breathing) has been studied and research continues to show just how helpful it can be for reducing stress and anxiety. More recently it has also been shown to improve sustained attention and and improve negative moods as well (Ma et al., 2017). We tend to breathe from the chest which can actually worsen our experience of stress and anxiety. Instead, this app helps you learn the proper techniques to breathe from the belly or diaphragm.
Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling refreshed? You might be struggling with insomnia. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is incredibly effective! This app helps you learn about CBT-i and practice the strategies at home. If you’re currently working with a therapist at Mind Body Health on insomnia treatment, you can record your sleep diary entries on here.
CPT stands for Cognitive Processing Therapy which is an effective approach in treating PTSD. Note, that this app is NOT intended to be used in a self-help kind of way or as a replacement for treatment with a mental health professional.
Have you quit smoking? Want ongoing support? This app can help!
This app isn’t created by the VA, but is an excellent app for accessing guided meditations or setting your own goals of meditating for however many minutes you want to try to meditate for. It comes with a nice set up bells/chimes that you can set at intervals to help you remember to bring your attention back to your breath.
Do you struggle with dermatillomania or excoriation disorder? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can really help. Part of CBT requires building awareness of thoughts, feelings, and emotions when you are skin picking. This app can help you build that awareness and will be useful to review with your therapist at your appointments.