Case Study - An innovative digital measure for use in compassion focused therapy

A brief, digital measure of the three key emotion and motivation systems for self-monitoring and psychoeducation

Associate Professor James Kirby
Native app development


This app was developed in collaboration with the Compassionate Mind Research Group at the University of Queensland.

The app is designed to be a brief micro-intervention based on a foundational concept from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) known as the 'Three Circle model' (which, coincidentally, also inspired the name of our company).

CFT is a model of clinical therapy that incorporates the three main emotion and motivation systems that affect how we think, feel and act, known as the Threat, Drive and Soothing systems.

All three are important, but they don't always act in the most helpful ways!

The aim of the app is to help users to recognise the importance of their 'soothing' system, and encourage users to reflect on how their day-to-day experiences are linked with their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

It allows you to take a brief snapshot of your threat, drive and soothing systems by simply resizing the circles. Data is stored anonymously on the user's device, allowing them to check in throughout the day, week, or year to see how their systems have changed or responded to their circumstances.

What we did

  • Design
  • Build (React Native)
  • Infrastructure
  • Evaluation Support


Prototype developed and in testing phase. Launching on the Apple app store in Q4 2024, with Android to follow.

Dr Jamin Day and Three Circles Psychology are the very best at what they do. They have transformed my ideas into innovative digital tools that have changed the way I do research. Could not recommend them highly enough.

Associate Professor James Kirby
Clinical Psychologist and Director, Compassionate Mind Research Group

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