Counseling Apps

Counseling, like nearly every profession, has been significantly impacted by technological advances. Thankfully, the development of mobile applications (apps) provides the opportunity to make many new resources available through apps.

Unfortunately, the proliferation of apps means that many of the available apps do not work reliably or may not include sound guidance. However, many high-quality apps exist to assist and enhance the counseling process. The following list contains recommendations from the mental health professionals at Christian Family Counseling. Please note that some apps may be available only for iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system) or Android devices.


Anxiety/PTSD

PTSD Coach (free)

• Developed by the National PTSD Center

• Provides educational information about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD

Stress Doctor ($4.99)

• Developed by Azumio

• Instructs users in deep breathing techniques with biofeedback

LearnPanicCBT ($4.99)

• Developed by Behavioral and Cognitive Associates, LLC

• Presents a self-treatment program for panic disorder that is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles

eCBT Calm ($0.99)

• Developed by MindApps

• Assists users in developing relaxation skills

• Helps users learn to challenge distorted and dysfunctional thinking patterns


Mood Disorders

Optimism (Free)

• Offers users resources to track moods, keep a journal, identify mood triggers, and chart recovery

• Assists individuals struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker (Free)

• Assists users in monitoring daily moods, symptoms, sleep, and medications

• Offers users the ability to e-mail their doctor a printable chart at the end of each month

T2 Mood Tracker (Free)

• Developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2)

• Provides users tools to self-monitor and track emotional experiences with a visual rating scale

• Records notes regarding environmental factors that impact mood


Substance Abuse

12 Steps AA Companion ($1.99)

• Offers a comprehensive sobriety tool, Big Book reader, sobriety calculator, search tool, and AA contacts database

iQuit (Free)

• Developed by Health Promotion Board

• Provides users a customized approach for smoking cessation

• Includes tips and strategies to manage cravings and links to phone-based support

iPromises Recovery Companion (Free)

• Allows users to set AA meeting reminders and journal about emotions and triggers

• Provides users ability to directly their contact sponsors

Cravings Manager ($0.99)

• Developed by Ican Wellness

• Gives users resources to track cravings and identify triggers

• Offers users motivational and educational information

• Individuals may find it useful for food/alcohol/drug problems


Relaxation Skills

iSleepEasy ($4.99)

• Provides users voice-guided relaxation exercises and meditations

• Allows users to develop customized exercises by varying voice and music tracks, as well as duration

CBT-I (Free)

• Developed by US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

• Assists users addressing their insomnia using a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach

• Provides users educational resources about sleep, strategies to improve positive sleep routines, and steps to improve sleep

Breathe2Relax (Free)

• Developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2)

• Provides users portable stress management tools and instructions for hands-on diaphragmatic breathing

• Allows users to record stress levels on a "visual analog scale"

Fluid Monkey (Free)

• Developed by Buzz Monkey Software

• Helps users relax by smearing paint, jiggling gelatin, or flinging brightly-colored balls through puddles of mud

Calm (Free)

Tips to help meditate, sleep, and relax

• Helps with better sleep and reduced stress

Headspace (Free)

• Tips for meditation and mindfulness techniques


General Mental Health Apps

Virtual Hope Box (Free)

  • Designed for clients and their behavorial health care providers as an accessory to treatment
  • Contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking
  • Content can be customized to each client's specific needs

My Game Plan (Free)

 Designed by and for patients struggling with thoughts of suicide, their family/caregivers, and the health care providers who work with them. Allows clients to complete a safety plan, enter warning signs, coping strategies, and supportive phone contacts.

Psychological First Aid (Free)

• Guides users during the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism

• Helps users reduce initial distress and fosters short- and long-term adaptive functioning

Mindfulness Coach (Free)

• Developed by US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

• Provides users guided mindfulness exercises, educational information about mindfulness, and logs for tracking mindfulness practice

Recovery Road (Free)

• Assists users in managing their eating disorder symptoms

• Provides users scheduled reminders to eat and tools to keep a food record, record mood, and keep a thought diary  

My Fitness Pal (Free)

• Offers users resources to track calories, record food intake, and document exercise

• Allows users to connect with their myfitnesspal.com account

Be Grounded (Free)

• Developed by Somatiq

• Provides users audio exercises to help stay in the present through a variety of grounding exercises

Bloom (Free)

• Developed by Mindbloom

• Offers users a reminder system for positive self-care or healthy habits


Children/Parenting

Focus on the Go (Free)

• Promotes resiliency within children and families

• Offers users resources to learn about emotional development

Touch and Learn Emotions (Free)

• Allows users to learn about emotions and body language by selecting pictures that match different emotions

MamaBear (Free)

• Provides a convenient way to protect your children and connect with your family. 

• Monitors your child’s social media activity, text messaging, location, and informs you if your child is driving or riding faster than a speed you set.