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Therapy Apps for Improved Mental Health

Can't afford to see a therapist in person? Get cheaper and more convenient counseling, support, and therapy on your smartphone or tablet.

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Proper mental health care is crucial, but many can't access it, either because it is not available in their vicinity or because it is cost-prohibitive. That's why those in need of behavioral therapymore

Proper mental health care is crucial, but many can't access it, either because it is not available in their vicinity or because it is cost-prohibitive. That's why those in need of behavioral therapy are increasingly turning to telemedicine or remote treatment via phone, email, text-based chat, or video chat. So if your nearest therapist is located too far away or you can't afford regular, in-person therapy, here are four apps to consider. Note: If you're in crisis, call 911 or contact a medical professional, a suicide hotline, or even the Crisis Text Line, which puts a trained counselor just a message away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of telemedicine?
Virtual visits not only typically cost less but also spare you the transportation costs associated with getting to or from your provider.
What are some of the drawbacks of telemedicine?
Private patient information can be exploited if a security breach occurs. Also, not all insurance companies cover telehealth sessions, so contact yours to make sure before booking appointments.
How does a telemedicine app work?
Download a telehealth app and search for or get matched with a licensed therapist who specializes in your particular issue. Make appointments to “meet” via in-app calendar and then decide whether to communicate with them on a regular or ad-hoc basis in secure, private text-based chat or video chat rooms. Then, depending on the app, you can either pay for appointments by purchasing a premium subscription or session by session.

Essential Mental Health Therapy Apps

Talkspace

Talkspace

For only $32 per week (billed monthly), Talkspace provides individuals and couples on-demand, private text, audio, and video chat counseling from licensed, specialized therapists.

7Cups

7Cups

With 7Cups, you can text your heart out to trained active listeners for free. If you need heavier duty counseling, then you can pay $12.99 for a month -- or $94.99 for a year -- of unlimited chats with licensed therapists.

BetterHelp

BetterHelp

With plans starting at $35 a week, BetterHelp puts licensed therapists at your disposal for regular chat therapy sessions.

Level Therapy

Level Therapy

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Get matched with a licensed therapist, who specializes in your particular issue or issues, make an appointment for a free consultation over video chat, and then continue to "see" them for $99 per session.