The Pocket Therapist

The Pocket Therapist assists the therapeutic process between therapy sessions

The Pocket Therapist application supports the therapeutic relationship and the psychotherapeutic work associated with Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) arousal and emotion regulation.


What is the Pocket Therapist?

The Pocket Therapist is an application for psychotherapists and health care professionals to support the client’s therapeutic process as part of the therapeutic relationship. The Pocket Therapist has been developed to primarily support trauma therapy but is well suited to all psychotherapeutic work related to the regulation of ANS arousal and emotions.

It helps to learn ANS arousal regulation skills

The Pocket Therapist exercises enable the client to practise the regulation of his/her own ANS. The client learns to identify the situations that lead to changes in the state of the arousal and the most appropriate means of regulation. With the help of this application they can easily monitor their state of being and changes in their regulation skills both in the short and long term.

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It helps when the client’s own regulation skills are not enough

With the Pocket Therapist’s Stabilisation function the client will get support and help for situations when his/her own regulation skills are not yet fully developed irrespective of time or place.

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Tools for assessment and evaluation of the therapy process

The client can make notes, in the application, about his/her experiences and thoughts both for his/her own use and for sharing with the therapist. This cumulative information will help assess the progress of the therapy process.

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“By doing the exercises regularly my anxiety decreases. My therapist can help me to regulate, but with the Pocket Therapist I have learnt to regulate myself better when at home. Each day I trust more and more that I am not crazy or going to die because of my symptoms.”

“The Pocket Therapist created safety in between therapy sessions by reminding me about the regulation tools and guiding me on how to use them. The application’s simple night and day diary is very useful and makes you feel good twice per day! The Pocket Therapist is a great additional support to my therapy and should have been invented a long time ago.”

“I do the stabilising exercises every day. They help me a lot with my daily anxiety attacks and with my problems focusing.”

“My client has used the Pocket Therapists’s exercises and notes function almost every day both in hospital and at home. We have learnt how to use it together. The Pocket Therapist has brought her hope and some level of control over her dissociative episodes. Before we started to use this application we practised similar kinds of exercises in the therapy sessions. The client was not able to practise these exercises on her own at home. However with the help of the Pocket Therapist she feels supported enough to do them at home. Through the application I as the therapist have learned more clearly which exercise to use for either hyper or hypo arousal.”

How to begin to use the Pocket Therapist with your clients

Contact us to get the licence for the Pocket Therapist. The package includes instructions on how to use the Pocket Therapist.

The story of the Pocket Therapist

The Pocket Therapist application is based on the neuro-physiologist Stephen W Porges’s Polyvagal Theory about the ANS and how to apply it to trauma therapy. The Pocket Therapist has been developed by Marko Punkanen PhD, Trauma Psychotherapist and Trainer. He has been working with severely traumatised clients since 1999. The Pocket Therapist has developed from the practical need to find new ways to help dysregulated traumatised clients to learn self regulation skills.

The Pocket Therapist has been developed in collaboration with clients and it will give them concrete and active tools to regulate trauma based symptoms, in a way that is accessible and discrete, irrespective of time or place.

Clients have experienced the Pocket Therapist to be helpful and user friendly. It has offered support and help to alleviate trauma symptoms even on a bus or busy train without drawing the attention of others. With the Pocket Therapist the clients have been able to practise the exercises for ANS regulation outside of the therapy sessions at a time suitable to them.

Marko Punkanen PhD is a trauma psychotherapist, music therapist, dance movement therapist, researcher and trauma psychotherapy trainer. He has almost 20 years experience in the treatment of severe traumatisation. His specialist area is in the treatment of complex and attachment trauma, the bodily symptoms of trauma (somatoform dissociation) and the use of the body in trauma treatment.

Dr Punkanen is the first and currently only certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Psychotherapist® in Finland and he is also a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Download the Pocket Therapist trial version

Please fill the form below before downloading the application. This information will be needed for activating your trial version. You will get an activation link through a text message to your phone.

Download links will also be sent with the activation message.

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