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PTSD Coach Online: Self-Help and Coping for Clients



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

PTSD Coach Online: Self-Help and Coping for Clients

PTSD Coach Online is a self-help resource for individuals with PTSD or those struggling with general life stress. It includes helpful tools to address stress-related symptoms and enhance problem-solving skills.

PTSD Coach Online expands upon the PTSD Coach mobile app with additional tools to help with symptom management, problem solving, and skill building. Another unique feature of PTSD Coach Online is the inclusion of videos from therapists - called "coaches" - who provide instructions and offer help for each tool.

Features include:

  • 17 tools for coping with trauma reminders, sleep problems, anxiety, and other symptoms that can develop after trauma.
  • Self-paced, interactive, 24/7 access.
  • Video coaching by VA clinicians to engage users and clarify tools.
  • Access to self-help tools for those who do not have a smartphone.

How providers can use PTSD Coach Online

PTSD Coach Online includes tools that aim to alleviate stress, improve well-being, and increase stress management skills. This is not a substitute for professional mental health care, but was designed to enhance services for individuals who are already receiving treatment or to bolster skills learned after the completion of therapy.

Clinicians can recommend PTSD Coach online to clients who:

  • Are currently in individual and group treatment settings.
  • Completed treatment but would benefit from maintained practice of coping skills and techniques.
  • Report symptoms of distress following trauma, but do not meet clinical diagnosis of PTSD.


Executive Director, National Center for PTSD, Dr. Matthew Friedman:
"The usefulness of the PTSD Coach mobile app is underscored by the fact that it already has been downloaded well over 100,000 times. With the release of PTSD Coach Online, we are ensuring that everyone who can access the Internet will have its valuable tools available to them and that no one will get left behind."

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