While going to a traditional therapist is often the most effective option to help you overcome any mental health obstacle, for many people it's simply not possible. Either it's too expensive, there's not enough time, or you simply can't find a therapist that you work well with, many people are exploring digital alternatives to traditional therapy.
Thank God it's 2019 and there's a number of really amazing options available. But which options are best?
1. Headspace - Meditation For Sleep + Stress
Alright now I know what you are thinking, why did you pick Headspace over Calm for the top meditation app?
Because Headspace is executing 10x better than Calm. The product itself is probably on par with Calm, but not only is it significantly cheaper, their website is better as well. The founder is a Buddhist monk who spent 10 years traveling India, Nepal, Burma, and Thailand learning how to meditate.
Personally I think this comes across in their product in a number of different ways not just by creating a better way to meditate, but the entire experience from onboarding onwards.
2. Reflectly - Journaling
Reflectly is the evolution of journaling on your phone. The design is beautiful, the stats are encouraging, and the simplicity of the product is incredible. Reflectly does an amazing job at allowing you to condense a long form journal entry onto your phone.
If a mood tracker and a journaling product had a baby, that baby would be Reflectly. The "Journal For Happiness" is currently ranked #7 in health & fitness on the app store.
3. Grounded - Quit Cannabis
This is a lesser known product that I am an absolutely huge fan of. There are a number of larger apps to help people quit tobacco or alcohol, but almost none of them address cannabis.
"Is Cannabis actually addicting though?" According to over 100,000 people on r/leaves, yes it is.
Grounded is an incredibly because as your "quit timer" increases the images on the screen evolve. This is a really cool feature that helps reward people beyond a simple "30 day chip" like MA or AA.
4. Stoic - Stoicism For Mental Health
What does Stocisim have to do with mental health?
Stoic works by preparing fragments from books and personalized insights that will help you feel better and deal with the obstacles you face. Stoic is the easiest way to be happier and learn how to cope with stress using stoicism philosophy.
Stocisim is a philosophy of leaders. It can help you become happier and more productive, become less emotionally reactive, become a better kinder person, and become better at resolving conflicts.
5. Talkspace - Teletherapy
While vastly more expensive than most of the products on this list, Talkspace provides Therapy on demand allowing unlimited text and talk with a therapist through your phone.
Get matched with a licensed therapist in your state from the comfort of your device, and message via text, audio, and video. Tell them your preferences for therapy, and match with one of 5,000+ therapists in your state the same day. Send your therapist unlimited text, audio, picture, or video messages from anywhere, at any time — you’ll hear back at least once a day, 5 days per week.
6. Lasting - Guided Marriage Counseling
Selected as Valentine's "app of the day" Lasting provides guided marriage counseling on your phone. They boast 94% stronger relationships by allowing you to do simple guided sessions with your partner.
Lasting makes marriage counseling simple. Build a healthier, happier relationship in a few minutes a day with the #1 marriage counseling app.
7. Quirk - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Quirk helps you overcome Depression & Anxiety by providing DIY Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on your phone!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the "gold standard" of psychotherapy and is widely considered to be one of the most effective, evidence backed treatments for depression, anxiety, and panic. If you go into just about any therapist or psychiatrist, CBT will likely be one of the first treatments they try.
Quirk is the #1 app for CBT, with over 54% of our users report feeling better immediately after using Quirk.
Koby Conrad - Co-Founder of Quirk
Koby is the Co-Founder of Quirk and loves to write about mental health tech, startups, advertising and marketing. He has a very strong background in consumer products and how psychological factors impact advertising, entrepreneurs, and technology.