Couples Coach is a great tool for individuals exploring their relationships. It provides activities to explore their relationship with themselves; through individual check ins, recognizing emotions, communication style; and their significant other, noticing something nice, sending a message, completing a task. The app contains several tools to engage with your partner from quick messages to worksheets on topics, such as communication, love, safety, and reconnecting. As you complete ‘missions’ you earn badges and move up to the next level as you and your partner complete levels.
Guest Author – Jennifer Parga, MSW
Version: V.1.0 (70)
Compatibility: Android and iPhone
Target Audience: Adults, persons in a relationship
Bottom Line: Educational and activity app to help couples better understand how trauma, attachment, and PTSD may impact their ability to connect, communicate, and evolve as a couple in a committed, loving, and responsive relationship.
Features and Options:
Couples Coach was developed by the Veterans Affairs. The app tracks individual and couples progress through suggesting readings, tips, and activities for couples to try (even a few minutes at a time). You can learn (read), earn badges (can be intentional or earned as you go) and take quizzes (both take a quiz then responses are compared) . The ‘Tips’ really provide tangible ways users can try to implement strategies in their relationship. For example, in the active listening section under the Learning tab, users are provided a definition of active listening and a Tip to practice as: summarize what you heard your loved one saying, using their words.
This could be a great tool for a clinical setting where couples counseling is not available, the partner is unavailable, or unable to attend sessions. For social workers who are working with couples, individual relationship concerns, or working with military affiliated populations.