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Pride Counseling makes getting help easy for the LGBTQ community
Stemming from the team behind BetterHelp, Pride Counseling is a counseling platform that is tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community. As Pride month steps into…
Stemming from the team behind BetterHelp, Pride Counseling is a counseling platform that is tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community. As Pride month steps into the global consciousness, this free-to-download app takes a nuanced approach with well-accredited professionals to help anyone who needs a little help.
Looking at the design, it is very subtle but stays true to its target audience. The backgrounds are dark grey which allows the rainbow icon and white text to stand out and a high amount of contrast to improve readability. When it comes to large text selections though, it switches to a normal white-on-black to not be too harsh on your eyes.
After taking a quick survey, Pride Counseling does its best to match you with a counselor that best meets your needs. All counselors are accredited psychologists (PhD/PsyD), marriage and family therapists (MFT), clinical social workers (LCSW), licensed counselors (LPC), or similar. They also have over 2,000 hours of experience each and three years practicing counseling. On top of all that, they all also specialize in the LGBTQ community.
Counseling takes a few forms with Pride Counseling. Users can participate in non-real time chat where the therapist responds when available, in real-time chat like texting a good friend, phone calls, or even video sessions. This makes getting help easy and convenient for your own schedule as well as who is helping you.
Privacy is important in any app, but a therapy app focused on a marginalized group of users should have even more privacy protections in place. Pride Counseling follows all security practices you’d expect for such a chat/video app but also follows many best practices set in place by Apple. It collects no personally identifying information, nor your Apple ID or usage data.
Everyone has issues going on in their lives and most people can benefit from some form of counseling. But those in the LGBTQ community have even more than your average bear. It can be tough finding somebody who understands what you’re going through and can provide the proper guidance, if not just a sympathetic ear. Pride Counseling is designed for just that and it does so with an exceptionally well-designed app for iPhone and iPad that feels right at home on the platform.
But enough about other people's apps.