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Counseling App Cost Estimate

What is a counseling app?

A counseling application is a web or mobile application that provides users with information, educational resources, and support to help them cope with mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and more. Counseling apps may include tools for tracking moods and symptoms over time; a library of articles on coping strategies; a database of local mental health resources; the ability to chat with other users anonymously about specific concerns; integration with social media channels such as Facebook or Twitter; and more. Counseling apps are similar to educational apps in that users engage with the app for learning purposes. For example, a user might learn about cognitive behavioral therapy through an app like MoodBeam. Other counseling apps include psychology-related apps, such as Calm, and meditation apps like Headspace. Examples of counseling apps built with Crowdbotics:

What is the typical cost to build a counseling app?

A counseling app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A counseling app with a low number of features (also known as a minimum viable product, or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality. For example, here are some previous counseling app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

How long does it take to build a counseling app?

A counseling app usually takes 233 hours to build. However, a counseling app can be built in as few as 200 hours, or in as many as 267 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous counseling apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your counseling application

It’s important for counseling apps to differentiate themselves based on the unique value that they offer to their users. Counseling apps can also benefit from using referral programs to increase user acquisition, and many counselors offer free counseling sessions in exchange for referrals. However, if a counseling app is not able to provide a high level of quality service in-app, then it will be difficult to achieve organic growth.

Risks and challenges of building a counseling application

A counseling app faces risks associated with liability for the actions of users, data integrity, and the ability to support users in crisis situations. Counseling apps should take strong measures to verify user identities and provide users with safety mechanisms for blocking other users and cancelling sessions. You will likely need to build logic within your app to ensure that it meets capitalization standards regardless of user behavior, and it is often recommended to leverage secure third-party payment processing APIs for transferring money.