With so many e-counseling and e-therapy platforms it is becoming harder to pick the right, legit, and affordable one, isn’t it? While many online therapy services have been in the market for decades, some new ones are catching up to the big names.
Calmerry e-therapy platform is one of them!
Launched in May 2020 by tech entrepreneur Alex Vitchenko, Calmerry aims to provide easily accessible and affordable online therapy and counseling to all those in need. This e-therapy platform was launched when the mental health of people around the globe was affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In this blog, I’ll be reviewing Calmerry’s services provided, affordability, accessibility, and how it measures up to other leaders in online therapy.
Overview Of Calmerry
Calmerry Counseling & Therapy
Live sessions, text, and audio messages
$41.99 per week
Mobile app (iOS & Android) + Web
When you click on the “Get Started” button on the homepage, you’ll be directed to another tab where you can enter your email address and password to create an account. You’ll be asked to verify your email address so be ready.
After you’ve verified your email, you’ll be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to provide some general (and anonymous) background about yourself and the issues you’d like to deal with. You’ll also be asked to rate your mental and physical health status, your goals, and your preferences for a therapist. All this is needed so you can be matched with the right therapist. The process doesn’t take more than 5 minutes.
After you fill out the survey, you’ll be given a personal summary of your answers that will tell you your current emotional well-being score and your projected progress (plus your success rate with Calmerry online therapy!)
Next, you’ll be asked to choose your subscription plan and once you enter your payment details, you’ll get a message from a matching agent who will ask you your preference (video or chat sessions). Expect to hear from your matched therapist in 24 hours. Although, sometimes it may take a few days for your therapist to reply.
Calmerry offers different subscription options that you can choose from after the sign-up process is complete. Calmerry cost is as follows:
1. Messaging: $41.99/ week (billed monthly)
In this plan, you get unlimited text messaging, your licensed counselor responds 5 days/week, a personalized therapy plan, free reflection tools + the option to cancel anytime.
2. Messaging + 1 Live Video: $51.99/week (billed monthly) – Recommended
In this plan, you get ONE 30-minute live session, unlimited chat session, personalized therapy plan, your licensed counselor response 5 days/week, counselor switching for free, and free reflection tools + the option to cancel the subscription anytime.
3. Messaging + 4 Live Video: $67.49/week (billed monthly)
In this plan, you get FOUR 30-minute live sessions with your therapist who responds 5 days/week, a personalized therapy plan, your licensed counselor response 5 days/week, counselor switching for free, and free reflection tools + the option to cancel the subscription anytime.
4. Messaging + Live Video Weekly plan: $64.99/week (billed weekly)
In this special plan, you get to start your therapy journey with Calmerry and enjoy all benefits of messaging and live session therapy with a weekly billing plan.
Ease Of Use
Calmerry is easy-to-use and user-friendly (whether you use it on the web or the app). You can stay in touch with your therapist through your portal. There you can even manage your account details, subscription details, messages, your therapy schedules, and your performance.
If you want to switch your therapist, you can simply submit a request to the customer service via your portal. Easy to switch, isn’t it?
Therapies Offered By Calmerry
Calmerry offers therapy services to help address:
Anxiety & stress
Grief & trauma
Self-esteem, and more…
Calmerry offers therapy by licensed and qualified therapists, daily mental health support, flexible scheduling, low-cost therapy, live video sessions, digital worksheets, and so much more!
While the services provided by Calmerry are easily accessible and affordable, they are only available to adults (18+). They also offer couples and family therapy. However, they do not offer psychiatry services or therapies where medications can be prescribed.
You can schedule live sessions when you need
Multiple subscription plans are available
Has licensed therapists
You can choose your communication mode (multiple options are available)
Offers individual as well as couples therapy
Easy sign-up and user-friendly
Works well on the web as well as app
You get discounted the first month
Match made by Calmerry staff
No free trials are available
You can’t choose a therapist
Doesn’t provide psychiatry help or prescribe medications
Short live sessions
Not available for teens
Calmerry is owned and operated by Mental Fuel Inc., however, you won’t find any reference to Mental Fuel anywhere else on the website. The website server and management system routinely collect information about the origin and site navigation and the data might include technical information (e.g., your processor type, processor speed, operating system type, browser type, etc.) The website states that the technical information is not linked to any of your personal information. Mental Fuel Inc. only collects personal information if you expressly provide it to them.
Calmerry stresses confidentiality, so you don’t need to provide your real name. However, the company will still need your legal name to charge your credit card.
With Calmerry or Mental Fuel Inc., you have the option to opt out of communication. If you don’t wish to receive materials from them, you can contact customer service. For some web browsers, a “Do Not Track” feature is also available if you do not want the website to track your online activity.
Please note: If you are in a life-threatening situation, don’t use Calmerry. Contact your nearest helpline number or the emergency number for help.
Is Calmerry The Right Choice For You?
Calmerry offers different communication modes to choose from when you need to talk to your therapist. This can especially be helpful when you’re struggling with social anxiety and need to communicate using text messaging.
Some people may prefer messaging over audio or video calls so that’s a plus. Calmerry, unlike BetterHelp or Talkspace, offers four weekly sessions. And it’s affordable! If you want to contact your therapist regularly, you can with Calmerry (without paying extra).
Calmerry online therapy also offers family and couples therapy so if you’re looking for a joint session with your partner or family, you can!
One drawback that I found was that Calmerry only offers 30-minute live sessions which is shorter than other online therapy providers. Also, there are no psychiatrists or doctors to provide a diagnosis or prescribe medications, unlike Amwell.
Calmerry might not be the right choice for you if you’re struggling with a serious mental or psychotic disorder such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, or mood disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Does Calmerry offer a free trial?
Unfortunately, Calmerry does not offer free trials at this moment, however, it seems that the company offered free consultations during Mental Health Awareness Month (May), so you can wait and see if the offer comes up again.
Q2. Does Calmerry accept insurance?
At this point, Calmerry does not accept insurance but it offers to ask for a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company and see if you’re eligible for partial reimbursement.
Q3. Can you cancel your Calmerry subscription?
Yes! You can cancel your subscription anytime. All you need to do is contact customer service and they’ll help with the refund.
Q4. Does Calmerry offer discounted prices?
Not at this moment, no. However, Calmerry does offer a discounted rate on your subscription plan for the first month. Clamerry claims to be affordable so it does not offer any financial aid either at this moment.
Calmerry is certainly a good and affordable online therapy platform when you’re looking for a mental health service provider that offers more than one communication option. If you prefer messaging over video sessions, then Calmerry might be the right choice for you (although you have the option to choose both).
You also get a subscription plan with four sessions per week which is new and not what others have offered, yet. While Calmerry might be good and effective for emotional support and well-being, it might not be best if you’re looking for a serious treatment (major depressive disorders, psychotic disorders, etc) or treatments that require medications.
Overall, Calmerry is a user-friendly, easy to navigate, and affordable online therapy platform, albeit newly launched, but can prove to be the one for you!
To check out more about Calmerry, you can click the link below or download the Calmerry app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store (links are provided below).
Please note that this review is completely based on my experience with Calmerry. For more information, you can write to us at email@example.com or DM us on social media. I hope this review helped you understand how Calmerry works and if it’s the right choice for you.
Let me know what you think about Calmerry in the comments below!
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