Cognitive psychotherapy and smartphone. My top 5 apps for KPT.


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One of the major tasks of psychotherapy is the patient teaching to cope with their problems, not to depend on the therapist. Of self-regulation, awareness and responsibility dedicated to the many special techniques and exercises of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. In modern society to solve these problems made a special application for smartphones. Discussion of capabilities of specific mobile applications the focus of this article. In my other article you can read more about the role of mobile applications in the psychotherapeutic process. Mobile application for CBT can be used in most cases, psychological support healthy and healthy customers, and in psychotherapy of patients with personality disorders, phobias, depression, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, mental maladjustment. There are data on the use of such software products and emerging in complicated depression as part of bipolar disorder.

you Should pay special attention that the use of such funds will have a therapeutic effect only subject to strict supervision by a specialist. No mobile app can never replace the personality of the therapist, but may become a good tool in his hands.

This article is not an advertisement, all the above apps I used on Android to work with clients.

CBT-Basic. Perhaps, in my practice, this "first row". This app is simple and intuitively understandable, does not require additional training for the patient. CBT-Basic allows you to run your own blog, including a description of the situation, recording automatic thoughts with the evaluation of the level of trust this idea, the description of feelings and actions, too, with a handy feature scaling. In the next stage, the application offers to select an alternative thought and behavioral response, to compare these data with the original, using a similar scale descriptions, and assessment. Also CBT-Basic allows you to develop your own coping cards, to plan and assess the results of the behavioral experiment. At all stages the application provides the ability to send a report to the therapist. The advantages of CBT-Basic should include non-specificity of application for a specific diagnosis, allowing you to use it creatively, adjust to the needs of the individual patient. The disadvantages include the lack of charting progress, the inability to visually assess the progress in the formation of new forms of behavior.

the Great interest in the treatment of personality disorders is based on the ideas of dialectical behavior therapy Marsha, Linehan DBT112. This app is well localized except for one module. The program includes three basic sections:

  1. Module support in crisis situations, which consists of a set of basic but important recommendations in the cases of flashbacks, cards to record the first self-help that can be composed together with the therapist, the set of exercises in concentration and random skills to enhance awareness and development of the detached observer of behavioral strategies in crisis.
  2. In the section of the main modules comes with a set of recommendations for exercises, mindfulness, emotional self-regulation, validation and stress. The most valuable thing offers DBT112 in this module is a very detailed diary card recording differential enumeration of the emotions, thoughts and kopirov, with the possibility of scaling experiences in the morning, afternoon and evening. The card is filled during the day, you can save it in pdf format and send to GP.
  3. the Module "Other" includes sets of affirmations, alternative beliefs, as well as the program razvitiya awareness and self-regulation skills with weekly assignments.

DBT112 can be used in difficult clinical cases, with personality disorders and PTSD, with depression and strong anxiety. The app allows you to accumulate a large amount of material about changes in the course of therapy. However, DBT112 requires special training for the patient. Before an independent application it is important to study all modules with a therapist, work together to fill the first card. Also, the patient should be well informed about the main treatment regimens in KPT And DPT. This tool is not suitable for training, tracking automatic thoughts in the early stages of therapy.

Application Thought Diary interface, but it is quite clear to those who know English at the level of the school curriculum. The developer proposes to use a Thought Diary in cases of stress, anxiety and depression. The diary offers a brief call what happened, to describe emotions (choosing from a list), to assess the level of distress, describe the situation and negative thoughts. The second part of the diary questionnaire allows you to specify more adaptive thoughts and used the ways of coping (chosen from a list). Knowing English patient app helps to identify their feelings, to send the report to the physician via e-mail or save as a text file on your smartphone. Thought Diary is simple and minimalist design. In my practice I do not use this application with clients, but I have personal experience. Used it until moved on to CBT Basik that has a good translated interface. Important difference Thought Diary, it is convenient and a very wide range of emotional States. This allows us to recommend similar products to persons with alexithymia. The app is free.

CBT Diary is one more reliable application in the Russian language from my practice. A little cumbersome in the number of instructions and a simple design. App requires additional training of the patient, but it pays off broad functionality. Using CBT Diary is easy and is structured to capture their emotions, bodily sensations, automatic thoughts and coping skills. The emotions in this application is given special attention, so it will fit emotionally labile patients with difficulties in the identification of their experiences. CBT Diary allows you to create a graph report, the application supports several methods of data representation. Reports for different periods are prepared in a convenient Excel spreadsheet and sent a mail to the therapist. The downside of the app is the lack of module planning a behavioral experiment, and lists topingovy reactions. Important plus that the app is free.

Absolutely brilliant in its simplicity, in my opinion, the application iCope, which is a tool for training of coping behavior. Let me give you an example: you are afraid to descend into the subway, but I know that you need to work at 8.00 and you will once again be faced with this task. You discuss with the therapist what thoughts and images will be more adaptable in this situation, what coulduse behavior will help you successfully adapt to the situation and create the app topingovy card and your smartphone will show you a good time. It's simple and brilliant! To replace this app any reminder. An important difference iCope in the presence of special icons for easy categorization of coping cards.

the Popularization of the topic in the environment of cognitive-behavioral therapists is really important. Dear colleagues, how do you feel about these tools, what mobile apps you've used in your practice? Anyone have experience of using similar products as a patient/client? What problems you had to solve a similar way? How successful was it?

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