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Virtual therapy, also called telepsychology, has been rising in popularity in recent years. This form of mental health treatment is not new, but is becoming more prevalent as smartphone usage increases and consumers become more familiar with the concept of virtual services. The concept of therapy in general has also become more mainstream and widely accepted, with as many as 42 percent of Americans seeking professional counseling, according to Barna Group.

According to Time, a record number of college students are seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. A Center for Collegiate Mental Health report found that the number of students visiting counseling centers increased by 30 percent from 2009 to 2015.

The advantages of virtual therapy are apparent: online platforms are accessible and flexible. Users can talk to a licenced counselor from the comfort of their own home and, in some cases, have instant access to a therapist instead of needing to schedule an appointment weeks in advance.

There are many virtual therapy mobile apps on the market. Here are three of the best options for college students.

  1. Betterhelp. Users fill out a questionnaire that matches them with a licensed counselor. Plans start at $40/month and financial aid is available.
  2. Talkspace. After answering a questionnaire, users can choose from a list of potential matches and talk with their therapist five days a week. Plans range from $65 to $100 per week.
  3. BetterMynd. This platform was designed specifically for college students. Every counselor is a licensed mental health professional who has experience working with students. Students can make appointments if their college has partnered with BetterMynd to provide access to the portal.