If you have ever tried to access a therapist through your GP, you’ll know there are long waiting lists often exceeding a year before someone will see you.
But now, a revolutionary app looks set to cut those wait times to smithereens.
My Pocket Therapist is the UK’s first psychotherapy app, offering people a service where they can see a therapist within an hour of booking an appointment.
This is unheard of even in private sectors where waiting lists tend to be a week or month.
The app connects anyone needing help to a range of therapists including psychotherapists, counsellors, hypnotherapists, and cognitive behavioural therapists.
Sessions are conducted via audio or video calls, meaning anyone self-isolating can access services without leaving their house.
Needless to say, the mental health platform has seen a huge surge during lockdown with a 300% increase in January downloads alone as quarantine struggles continue to grip the nation.
The app is the brainchild of Daniel Solden, who launched it last year after he was furloughed by his employer and then later made redundant.
Speaking about his creation, currently available through the Apple App Store, Daniel revealed why he felt motivated to help others during these extraordinary times.
Daniel said: “The Centre for Mental Health recently reported that a fifth of adults in the UK and 1.5million children will need support for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders and other mental health difficulties during the pandemic.
“Many people who have never had mental health problems before now feel the need to see a therapist urgently and can’t due to crippling waiting times and Covid-19 restrictions.
“The app vastly reduces waiting times and serves as a vital lifeline. It has been designed to help people access mental health services when they need them most, and as quickly as possible. It’s convenient and anyone can use the service from their own home or phone.”
Meanwhile, the app continues to receive glowing reviews with one user, Mark Quant, praising how quickly help was on hand after booking a session.
Mark said: “I think for many people the latest lockdown has been more mentally draining than the previous two. It certainly has for me.
“The combination of being stuck at home and the dark, gloomy weather has definitely taken its toll on my mental health.
“I felt I would benefit from speaking to a therapist but when I started researching therapy services online, I found the whole process overwhelming.”
He added: “What I loved is how convenient and intuitive the service is. I was able to quickly choose a therapist I was comfortable with and book an online session for that day.”
In order to sign up for a session, charged at £60, participants only have to provide a contact e-mail address and payment details which can be made via Apple Pay or a debit card.
For confidential advice, download the app here: My Pocket Therapist.