Timeqube – Reinventing the Therapy Timer

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Written by Andy

World Struggles With Depression And Anxiety

We are living in psychologically demanding times. In both work and personal life, we keep getting more and more pressure from our communities, friends and families. We also set goals for ourselves that are not only challenging but often impossible to meet. We are living in a world that strives for perfection.

No wonder, psychotherapy is for many people becoming a necessity. More than ever, we need a helping hand,  that will guide us through the rough seas of our behavioral patterns, perceptions and emotions.

As the average number of psychotherapy patients are on the rise, therapists seek to improve the ways they time their sessions. Time matters, but it may be, at the same time, a very powerful stressor to both the client and therapist.

The Usual Therapy Room

If you’ve ever been into therapy, you would have noticed one item – the timer. Unlike other elements in the room, that help make the client feel comfortable e.g.comfy chairs, cushions or unobtrusive lighting, the timer itself looks a little bit odd and out of place. But it needs to be there, because the therapist is single, while clients are many.

A wristwatch, desk clock or an hourglass would have previously been a timer of choice for therapists. While it is a versatile solution, it comes at a cost of losing a client’s trust. It is incredibly hard to check time on either without the client noticing it. How many times have you tried to glance at the clock unnoticed? It is awkward. Worst case scenario, trust may become eroded between you and the client.  But don’t take my word for it. Famed article from Melissa Groman published at http://Psychotherapy.net tells the whole story.

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A New Way to Time

Clock, hourglasses and even products like Time Timer are undoubtedly stressful. A picture of seconds or minutes passing until deadline or colored sand dripping slowly into the lower chamber of an hourglass – it’s a renown symbol of time-related pressure. Of course, there is room for innovation here!

Working on Timeqube for Business we noticed interest among therapists to use it in therapy sessions with their clients. Encouraged, we reached out to over 60 therapists in Poland and asked them what would make a perfect therapy timer. After 2 months of research and testing, Timeqube Mind was born.

The idea is simple – by using gentle color transitions instead of countdowns and noisy alarms, we are almost eliminating the aspect of stress from timing.  Every human being is used to traffic lights, so the combination of green – yellow – red is the most intuitive one.

But working with psychotherapists, we learned, the perfect therapy timer should be tweaked further. Based on field evidence, we replaced red color with violet (marking 5 minutes until end of session), dimmed the light and provided a more gentle pulsation effect on standby and when time is all up. Moreover, Mind has the 6 time presets most used in psychotherapy.

Timeqube Mind is that gently glowing, beautiful object in the therapy room. It works with human peripheral vision, so you will never need to turn your head to check the time.

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What Therapists Say

Let’s just quote a few of many feedbacks we received from the Early Adopter Mind Customers.

A way to rely less on clocks and keep the client feeling safe and attended to.

It doesn’t distract and you can chose one of 6 available time presets. I’m giving the Timeqube a Huuge A!

Calm, Beautiful and Unobtrusive.

Kids in therapy sessions now feel less anxious about time.

At Timeqube we are not striving for perfection, but rather we are making simple innovations that help customers’ get their job done better.

So which therapy timer will you choose? For more information and videos of Timeqube Mind visit https://timeqube.com/get/mind.

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