App Review: Triangle of Life

As you probably already know, I am certified and use components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with my clients when it is appropriate. I was excited to learn that the people who develop TF-CBT resources have also made an app to help kids learn about their thoughts and feelings.

Triangle of Life loading screen

The app is called Triangle of Life, and it is available for free! It features a fun and educational game for kids receiving TF-CBT therapy. In the game, Lion is helping his friends who are having big feelings. He talks to them about what happened, how they feel about it, and what they did with that feeling.

Example of a thought, feeling, and behavior that are connected

You follow Lion on his journey and help him find resources to teach his friends more about their thoughts and feelings! In the image below, Lion teaches Monkey how to change a thought. If you choose a thought that is not helpful or might not be true, Lion explains why that thought might not be one that you want to dwell on.

Monkey trying to figure out why Owl might have ignored them

Of course, kids could get bored pretty quickly simply reading different thoughts and feelings. The game has a fun platformer aspect where you help Lion track down his ideas and experiences with the help of other animals.

Lion finding experiences and ideas to help his friends

You can start from the beginning of the game with a client, or you can unlock all of the activities so that you can jump to the components that are the best fit for where a client is in their personal journey.

This is a game that could be incorporated into a session (which can increase engagement for kids who enjoy their screen time!) or something that you recommend that they play at home.

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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