An app to support people with PTSD while having therapy with a health professional.
What does the app do?
PE Coach 2 app is for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be used together with guidance from a health professional. The app allows users to:
- set up and track therapy sessions, including reminders
- do tasks to prepare for therapy sessions
- record sessions in a secure way
- complete assessment tools in real time.
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✔ Provides good information about avoidance and anxiety and how to address these.
✔ If used by a competent therapist with the client, it will be useful tool.
✔ Testing and tracking useful.
✔ Breathing tool good.
✘ The ‘About’ tab needs to be more obvious, with better instructions for how the app works.
✘ Does not provide sequential session by session structure or session programme, which would improve it (see CPT app for good example of this). Relies on the therapist being competent.
✘ Could do with more tools than just breathing.
✘ Not great graphics – old style, and not easily navigable.
✘ No explanation of tests.
✘ Functionality issues – the app freezes intermittently.
Date of review: May 2020
Platform reviewed: Apple
Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy American Psychological Association
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PE Coach 2 PsyberGuide
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Reviewer: Tina Earl, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
Date of review: May 2020
Comments: PE Coach 2 app is a prolonged exposure (PE) strategy to address the PTSD symptom of avoidance and the anxiety this creates. It is most useful for people experiencing avoidance and anxiety symptoms of PTSD who are not recovering and aims to address avoidance symptoms that may in turn reduce anxiety or depression. Overall, if the app’s graphics, session structure and content, and navigation, was improved then it would be more easy to use, as the content is good and it is the presentation that lets it down.
Safety concerns: A cautionary statement is needed regarding who this app might not be suitable for, and that this technique may be risky for some and therefore therapist assessment is needed. Also a statement about personal safety and risk. Although they do mention this under the ‘Guilt and Shame’ tab.
New Zealand relevance: Suitable for a New Zealand audience, but may not be appropriate for cultural groups unless adapted.