App Review: Calm

Most people are familiar with Calm – this app is a household name for mindfulness and meditation. But in case you had forgotten, here it is.

Calm welcome screen

As with many of these apps, there is a free version and a paid version. I have only used the free version.

When you sign up, the app takes you through a series of questions about things you want to change and what coping skills are helpful to you. It also asks about your comfort and familiarity with meditation in order to tailor your experience.

Just a moment while we personalize your plan

The plan cues you to use various mindfulness activities based on your reported preferences. You can try out various exercises and figure out which ones feel best for you. There is a journal feature to keep track of what works best.

Take a deep breath

If you like to change up your exercises, there are endless choices, with new meditations added all the time. This app is an excellent go-to for mindfulness and meditation.

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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