8 Apps Child Therapists Should Know About

NOTE:  Many apps give the option of linking to social media sites.  I explicitly tell patients, “Do not link your information to social media.”  Although there are some benefits of social media use, working with minors, I strongly encourage the use of boundaries. 

 These apps are available on most devices.


1.     Therapy Buddy (free)

USES:  I have most of my adolescent patients download this app at the first session.  It allows the user to do the following:

  • Record Therapy Appointments
  • Write a “Helpful Takeaway” for Each Session
  • Create a Homework Assignment Task List
  • Set an Alert Reminder for Next Appointment
  • Create a List of “Things to Bring Up” at next session!


All these features are password protected and stored within the app, for maximum privacy and security!




2.     MY3 (free)

USES:  For developing safety plans with patients with depression and morbid ideation.

MY3 (Android, iOS) is targeted squarely at those who are depressed or suicidal themselves.  MY3 aims to keep users connected to their core network, asking users to choose three close contacts, such as friends, family, or loved ones, that users feel comfortable reaching out to whenever their feel down.  In addition, MY3 helps users build their own Safety Plan, asking users to think through and list their own warning signs, coping strategies and support network, so that users can easily act when they recognize their warning signs.  In addition, the app includes a wealth of suicide prevention resources and contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.





3.     In Flow (free)

USES:   Enables users to log moods daily, energy level, and activities associated with each mood.  Together with the patient, therapists can then analyze the patient’s behavior patterns and create behavior modification plans.  In flow allows the patient to do the following:


  • Keep track of daily mood with automatic reminders
  • Weigh and compare what increases joy with the activities done the most
  • Create a best and worst rating and mood graph
  • See how energy and emotions correlate




4.     Relax Melodies (free)

USES:  Allows the user to make personalized relaxing sounds.  Sound choices include birds, lullabies, rain, water, flutes, and many more.  Additionally, it also hash high quality ambient sounds, including 2 binaural beats frequencies for brainwave entrainment and white noise sounds.





5.     Joseph Clough (free to download, $2.99 per hypnosis session)

This is my favorite app!  The only app I pay for!  It includes recorded hypnosis scripts from my favorite Hypnotherapist Joseph Clough.  The Procrastination, Learning & Revision, Insomnia Now, Exam Stress, Gym Motivation, Deep Relaxation, Happiness & Confidence, and Meditation—The Journey scripts are amazing.

TIP:  Except for the Insomnia Now, DO NOT, listen to scripts 2-3 hours before bed, or you may have difficulty sleeping.  In addition, DO NOT operate a vehicle while listening.



6.      Biobreathing (free)

USES:  To teach diaphragmatic breathing.  Biofeedback breathing is a breath pacer that allows the user to keep count of Inhale and Exhale breathing cycles.  The user can set the lengths of the Inhale and Exhale phases independently.  One tone is used for the Inhale phase and another tone is used during the Exhale phase, allowing the user to use the app without having to look at it.

The lengths of each phase can be increased to a maximum of 10 seconds.


7.      Pablo the Pufferfish: Big Shots Game

USES:  Assist children in managing needle phobia.  Kids follow Pablo’s underwater adventure as he learns to get over his fear of needles.  The kid solves jigsaw puzzles, plays drag and drop games, and meets Pablo’s sea friends!  No internet connection required.  For kids 1 to 11 years of age.


  • Vibrant illustrations, professional narration with multiple characters, original music, fun sound effects
  • Two interactive Jigsaw puzzles
  • Two drag and drop games
  • Visual index allows you to move to your favorite pages and puzzles



8.     Catch it:  Making Sense of Your Mood

USES:  Mood tracker.  The app was designed to illustrate some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, and specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  It also password protected.  The app asks user their emotion, the strength of that emotion (from 1 to 5), where they are located (e.g., home, work, shopping, etc.), what they were doing right before the emotion, to reflect and identify another way to think of the emotion, and then to re-rate the strength of the originally reported emotion.  Finally, the app provides a diary of each time the mood was documented.



40 Replies to “8 Apps Child Therapists Should Know About

  1. Greate post. Keep writing such kind of information on your blog.
    Im really impressed by it.
    Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and individually recommend to my friends.
    I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.

  2. I just want to tell you that I am just beginner to blogging and site-building and absolutely liked your web blog. More than likely I’m likely to bookmark your site . You surely come with perfect article content. Appreciate it for sharing your website.

    1. Thank you so much and best wishes with your blog. What will you be writing about?

  3. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave
    it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants
    to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I
    had to tell someone!

  4. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google,
    and found that it’s truly informative. I am just gonna be aware
    of brussels. I’ll appreciate in the event you continue this in the future.
    Plenty of men and women be benefited from your writing.


  5. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your weblog.
    You have some really good posts and I believe I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love
    to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.

    Please send me an email if interested. Thanks!

  6. I actually have read countless articles or reviews concerning the blogger lovers except this paragraph is actually a nice paragraph, ensure
    that it stays up.

  7. Everything is very open using a specific clarification from the issues.

    It was actually definitely informative. Your internet
    site is very beneficial. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My site addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from
    each other. If you’re interested feel free to send me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific
    blog by the way!

  9. Nice post. I used to be checking constantly this weblog and I am inspired!
    Extremely helpful information particularly the ultimate part 🙂 I maintain such information a
    great deal. I found myself searching for this particular info for any very lengthy time.
    Thanks and all the best.

  10. I see many interesting posts here. Your site can go viral easily,
    you need some initial traffic only. How to get initial traffic??
    Search google for: Jemensso’s tricks

  11. I’m more than pleased to uncover this site. I have to to thanks
    for ones time because of this fantastic read!!
    I definitely loved every little bit of it and i also have you ever
    book-marked to look at new stuff on your own site.

  12. This design is incredible! You definitely know how
    to have a reader entertained. In between your wit
    as well as your videos, I had been almost relocated to start
    my blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    I really enjoyed everything you needed to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

  13. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your chosen reason seemed to
    be around the web the easiest thing to be familiar with.
    I only say for you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries which they just usually do not find
    out about. You managed to hit the nail upon the best in addition to defined
    out everything with out complication , people can require a signal.
    Will likely be back to obtain more. Thanks

  14. Hello there! I really could have sworn I’ve been to this
    web site before but after going through several of the posts I realized it’s a new comer to me.
    Regardless, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!

  15. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve gone to your website
    before but after experiencing most of the articles I realized it’s unfamiliar
    with me. Regardless, I’m definitely delighted I came across it
    and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  16. Thank you for the good writeup. It actually used to be a leisure account it.
    Look complex to far delivered agreeable from you!

    By the way, how could we be in contact?

  17. Greate post. Keep writing such kind of information on your blog.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hello there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and in my view suggest to my
    friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  18. Perhaps you have considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have got a blog based about the same subjects you discuss and would love
    to have you share some stories/information. I am aware my readers would enjoy your projects.

    If you are even remotely interested, you may want to shoot me an e mail.

  19. Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re dealing with?
    I’m going to start my blog in the near future but I’m using a hard time making a choice between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The main reason I ask is really because your design and magnificence seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.

    P.S My apologies for being off-topic nevertheless i had to ask!

  20. Hello my name is Natalie and I just wanted to send you a quick message here instead of calling you. I came to your 8 Apps Child Therapists Should Know About – Dr. Dana E. Crawford website and noticed you could have a lot more hits. I have found that the key to running a popular website is making sure the visitors you are getting are interested in your subject matter. There is a company that you can get keyword targeted visitors from and they let you try the service for free for 7 days. I managed to get over 300 targeted visitors to day to my site. Visit them here: http://mariowelte.de/26zz

  21. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be really one thing which I feel I’d by no means
    understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely extensive for me.

    I’m taking a look ahead in your subsequent put up, I’ll try
    to get the hang of it!

Comments are closed.