App Review: Booster Buddy

I was on the fence about posting this review because, when I opened the Booster Buddy app to try it out, I got a notice that the developers were no longer doing updates as of April 2021. The notice indicated that the app might stop working as my phone updates. But, as I explored the app, I really liked it, and as I am writing this, it is still working.

So, here are my thoughts, but be aware that the app may stop being available at some point.

Booster Buddy Loading Screen

I picked Rasko the Racoon to be my buddy. Look at him! Who wouldn’t want mental health guidance from a racoon?

Rasco the Racoon

Each day, the app has you check in about how you are feeling on a simple Likert scale. I like that I don’t have to try and articulate anything and just tap which one fits my experience. It also asks if you have used alcohol or drugs in the last 24 hours, and I wish there were a way to disable that feature because it might not fit some people’s experience, but it does not give any kind of alert or judgment if you select “Yes.”

Helping your buddy helps you!

Your buddy prompts you to do things like set up an emergency contact, pack a snack, or get dressed for the day. The “quests” are random, but you can skip any that you are uncomfortable with.

Your buddy takes naps

After you complete three quests, your buddy wakes up and congratulates you for your awesome self-care! Then he gives you a quote to inspire you that day and hypes you up.

I knew you could do it!

The app also has a journal feature to track quotes that are meaningful to you, a calendar to schedule self-care tasks, and a motivation library. There is also a crisis section to put a plan in place for when you are having a hard time (which, of course, directs you to emergency services in the event that you are unsafe).

I hope this app stays viable for a long time, or that the creators decide to continue updates. It is a really cute and motivating way to help you take care of yourself!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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