From meditation to webcam counselling, online therapy is now hailed as a miracle. See our pick of the best on the web...
Sometimes in life we find we need a little pick me up to help us along. Whether it’s practising meditation, enjoy a quiet walk or sitting down and talking to a therapist.
But often finding the time to actually go to a class or appointment can be near impossible and looking after our minds and mindfulness drops to the bottom of the priority list.
But now there’s no excuses thanks to a new wave of online apps and websites that practice therapy solutions.
From video chats with therapists and psychologists to an app to help you sleep, suddenly working on your mental health has got a whole lot easier.
Here we bring you our top online therapies that can boost your mind and your wellbeing.
Make an appointment with a real life therapist and feel the weight instantly lift off your shoulders. Thinkwell has been designed with ease in mind. Once you register you can meet with a Cognitive Therapist over video chat and set goals and a therapy plan, before deciding on a weekly appointment time.
You'll never miss a session and feel safe in the knowledge that you can relax in the comfort of your own home, with a laptop or tablet, and feel the stresses and strains of everyday life melt away!
Visit thinkwell for more information.
An app with a difference. Bellybio is available to download on your smartphone to help with breathing techniques specific for fighting anxiety and stress.
The app follows your progress and monitors your technique to help you improve thanks to its ability to follow movements in the belly. The perfect app to use on the go when life just feels like its getting a bit much.
Download available on iTunes
Another app designed to fit in around your schedule so you can work on you and your mind on the go.
Mindfulness Daily provides short lessons designed through collaborations with scientists, doctors, researchers and coaches that help you work through the day with clarity. They advise to start the day with one of their carefully structured short lessons, pause again for another quick lesson during the day and lastly, a mindful reflection at night to help you unwind and reset for the next day.
Find out more here.
Good mental health needs a good night's sleep. We all need to aim for at least seven hours a night to keep our bodies functioning and health in tip top condition.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson has been hailed a saviour for people who struggle to nod off. Using Progressive Music Relaxation sessions, users are guided through a deep relaxation technique to help them fall asleep. They're then awoken by the app's built-in alarm clock.
Download on iTunes or Google Play.
Online therapy is so well recognised even the NHS have started to see the benefits.
Psychology Online is the UK's biggest one-to-one cognitive behavioural therapy sites, available through a referral by your doctor or paid for privately. Set up appointments any time of day or night with no waiting list, speak to your therapist over video chat or on instant messenger, and relax in the comfort of knowing that everything you say is completely confidential with Chartered Psychologists and Psychotherapists with years of experience under their belts.
Find out more here.
Headspace is available both online and as an app so you can access it whenever you need. Described as 'your very own personal trainer to help you train your mind', this app is all about meditation.
Listen on the go to the proven techniques and browse their selection depending on length and mood. Perfect for when you need to zone out on your commute home from work or just need five minutes to yourself after a busy day.
Find out more and download the app here.
Therapy market is a new online tool which allows you to search and browse for the right counsellor, therapist or coach for you and your needs.
All the professionals listed are available to book online appointments with for webcam counselling sessions, email therapy and internet coaching. So you can click through and find your British health care professional all from the comfort of your own home.
Find out more here.