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Our Next Winner is Minute Mood App by Dan Blair, LMFT

We're happy to announce that our latest winner for Counselor's Choice Award is the app Minute Mood by Dan Blair!

Minute Mood is designed to strengthen relationships. It not only serves as a stand-alone journal, it provides a way to track review moods to understand emotional patterns, in addition to all of the established benefits of journaling. In the co-journaling part in the app, two perspectives on various issues are explored, augmenting empathy, compassion, and problem-solving.

The app is meant to strengthen relationships, reduce intrusive thoughts and stress, communicate emotions, increase thoughtful responses in writing, and in person, and provide insight to support to your partner. It can be used in addition to individual or couples therapy, but does not replace it.By using Minute Mood daily journaling, you can expect:

To become more aware of your and your partner’s feelings and experiences

Less fear or tension around starting meaningful conversations

A reliable way to resolve arguments based on perspective-taking

A sense of feeling seen & heard

More stability and gratitude in your relationship

Minute Mood is a free individual or couples journaling app that helps you and your partner communicate how you’re feeling without saying a single word. You want a way to stay connected and maintain consistent communication when life is busy. Each day a notification will remind you to take a minute to check in with your partner, a friend, or a child. Letting them know that you are thinking of them will have a lasting effect on the relationship.

Couples report feeling closer, more understood and connected, and appreciated for who they are. The perspective-taking exercise is suitable to resolve arguments instead of resentment building up. Instead of a heated exchange, cooling off and taking the time to write has shown to reduce the damage to relationships. Research shows that empathy is foundational to a strong bond. The app encompasses and teaches three types of empathy: emotional, cognitive and behavioral.

Dan Blair has worked over 30 years in social service settings. Dan is experienced as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is a trained, court-approved divorce mediator, Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator, and a Certified Anger Management Specialist. He is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Professional Academy of Custody Experts, and the National Anger Management Association. He also serves on the McHenry County Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and supervises clinicians through the Mental Health Board. Dan not only has his own children, he has been a live-in houseparent, foster parent, a step-parent, a consultant to group homes and foster homes, and a Clinical Director.

Are you a counselor with a tool you'd like to share with others? Consider applying for the award yourself! It's free to apply. All submissions are reviewed by licensed therapists.

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