PE Coach 2 app

An app to support people with PTSD who are undergoing prolonged exposure therapy for CBT with a therapist.

PE Coach 2 By US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Based on Veterans Affairs (VA) prolonged exposure (PE) therapy protocol
  • Breathing exercise
  • Reminders
  • Records therapy sessions
  • Homework instructions
  • Tracks progress using validated questionnaires

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Country of origin USA
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? Yes 
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? No
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What does the app do?

PE Coach 2 app is for CBT therapists providing prolonged exposure (PE) therapy to people experiencing PTSD. The app follows the Veteran Affair’s 5 session protocol for PE. It will be useful for clinicians to download the clinician’s guide to the app before using it. The therapist’s client downloads the app, which 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. Therapy clients may wish to watch an instructional video about the app found here:, while therapists will do better if they read the clinicians' guide to the app. 

✘ Does not provide sequential session by session structure or session programme, but therapists can read the clinicians guide which is provided online but not with the app. Relies on the therapist being competent and familiar with the VA PE therapy protocol.

✘ Could do with more tools than just breathing.

✘ Not great graphics – old style, and not easily navigable.

✘ No explanation of tests.

Review details

  • April 2022; Version: 1.1.5; Android
  • May 2020; Version: 2.0; Apple iOS

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Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy American Psychological Association

This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
PE Coach 2 PsyberGuide

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Kris Garstang, Clinical Psychologist, Life Mind Psychology Last reviewed: 06 May 2022