The pandemic has more people turning to a “therapist in your pocket”

“These apps are not meant to be replacements for therapists,” said Stephen Schueller, [associate professor], who teaches psychological science and informatics at the University of California, Irvine. He also runs the website One Mind PsyberGuide, which tracks and evaluates mental health apps. Apps “might be good resources, as you’re trying to figure out what therapy might be like and what types of benefits you might be able to gain or if you’re searching for a therapist,” he said. “But I still encourage [people] to get connected to a therapist because I think that it’s the combination of technology plus human that gets the best benefits for folks.”