Apps for Mental Health is a blog that offers reviews of smartphone and tablet apps which may help with various aspects of mental health treatment. Occasionally I will also review websites that have excellent (usually free) resources for therapy. Central to this blog are reviews of apps that will be used in therapy, either by you or by your client. You will find apps for screening tools, journaling tools, behavior modification tools, sleep tools, or anything that may be of interest to you. Also, I will be addressing issues on smartphone and tablet security – laws and ethics are more likely to rear their heads when you’re using technology that didn’t exist when they were written.
My expected audience is anyone who is doing therapy or therapy-like activities. To me, this could include psychologists, counselors, social workers, school counselors, educators, parents, or spouses. Some of these apps may be tools that you can use for self-help. Keep in mind that while some of these apps may be helpful to you, NOTHING that I review is a replacement for therapy services from a qualified, licensed individual. Try to keep away from unlicensed “life coaches” and other such charlatans (although I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of licensed charlatans as well). I tell my students that everyone goes to therapy for the same reason – because their current coping mechanisms are no longer working. If this is the case for you or someone you love, teach, care about, etc., get them live help ASAP!
This blog is designed to be platform-neutral. For the moment you will only see apps for Android and iOS here, as I only have access to devices with these platforms. This may change in the future.
I am a licensed psychologist who lives and works in Biloxi, Mississippi. Until the end of 2012, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University – Shreveport. My job at school consisted of teaching and supervising students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program at LSUS.
In February 2013, I started a completely different task as a staff psychologist at the VA Hospital in Biloxi. My job is on a residential mental health unit, where Veterans typically stay for 2-4 months. Cheers! If you are interested in having your app reviewed, please contact me using the form below.