Developing an App as a Therapist

How does a play therapist in Wichita, KS end up co-developing an app for kids? We wanted to know too! So, we decided to interview Vanessa and John about how this idea was developed.

We've heard a TON of ideas from therapists about developing apps. I've found great success with integrating app recommendations into my clinical work. Some clients resonate deeply with downloading an app- while they'd never go and grab a book on a subject. 

What I love most about this app in particular, is I see how it has the capacity to engage parents in the play therapy process and help kids generalize new skills in the real world in a way that really matches with the current culture. Without further ado- listen in to what John and Vanessa have to say about developing "What's Your Lava Level" an app that teaches kids about managing anger and frustration

What did you think? Do you have a great app idea? Or, are you ready to check out their apps and other apps to see what you can integrate into your clinical work? You can learn more about their apps here. Yes, they are available on both Android and Itunes. 

And, did you hear what I heard? Developing an app is just the first stage... it always comes back to marketing! How do people find out about what you do- whether it is marketing your private practice, marketing your book, or getting speaking gigs. What did you think of the video blog and app review? Helpful? Do you want more? What questions would you like to ask John & Vanessa (we can invite them over to field your questions in the comments section if you'd like). 

Are you developing an idea to go Beyond the Couch™ and impact the world beyond psychotherapy? We'd love to help

Miranda Palmer

I have successfully built a cash pay psychotherapy practice from scratch on a shoestring budget. I have also failed a licensed exam by 1 point (only to have the licensing board send me a later months later saying I passed), started an online study group to ease my own isolation and have now reached thousands of therapists across the country, helped other therapists market their psychotherapy practices, and helped awesome business owners move from close to closing their doors, to being profitable in less than 6 weeks. I've failed at launching online programs. I've had wild success at launching online programs. I've made mistakes in private practice I've taught others how to avoid my mistakes. You can do this. You were called to this work. Now- go do it! Find some help or inspiration as you need it- but do the work!