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Mobile App: PE Coach



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Mobile App: PE Coach

iPhone PE Coach Mobile screen home page

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD that helps you decrease distress about your trauma. PE has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. PE Coach is a mobile application (mobile app) for patients to use with their therapists during PE therapy for PTSD.

PE Coach is a treatment companion that helps you and your therapist work through the PE treatment manual.

Features include:

  • Education about PE therapy and common reactions to trauma.
  • Ability to record your PE therapy session as an audio file on your mobile device.
  • Reminders to complete homework.
  • Tools to keep track of tasks you did between sessions.
  • Ability to track your PTSD symptoms over time.
  • Guidance for breathing retraining - ways to change your breathing that help reduce your stress.

NOTE: PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional evaluation and treatment.

  • PE Coach is designed to be used during professional care.
  • PE Coach does not provide self-help and is not intended to provide treatment.

Download the mobile app

Icon for PE CoachFree PE Coach download from:
iTunes (iOS)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. and Google Play (Android)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.

How to use PE Coach

PE Coach Mobile Screen

You should only use PE Coach if you are in treatment with a therapist trained in Prolonged Exposure therapy. This form of therapy is available at many VA/DoD and other mental health clinics.

When you begin treatment, talk with your therapist about using this mobile app. It is available for iPhone, Android phone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android tablet mobile devices. There is more information for providers and clinicians about the app on the Professional section of this website. PE Coach may make it easier for you and your provider to follow the published PE treatment manual. The features PE Coach includes may also increase the likelihood that you complete homework, and as a result, improve your treatment outcomes.

Privacy and security

Any data created by the user of this app are only as secure as the phone/device itself. Use the security features on your device if you are concerned about the privacy of your information. Users are free to share data, but as the self-monitoring data belong to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data is stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with HIPAA rules.

Who created PE Coach

PE Coach was created by the Defense Health Agency Connected Health and Center for Deployment Psychology and the VA's National Center for PTSD.

Date this content was last updated is at the bottom of the page.

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