Online Therapy: Pretty Padded Room
Described as “a nice place to go crazy”, Pretty Padded Room is an online therapy and counselling site that caters specifically to women. An accompanying blog – Pretty Padded Blog – discusses various life challenges and ways to cope with them, from job losses and financial security to self-esteem issues and ageing parents.
Users can choose to either have a 30-minute face-to-face webcam session with a staff therapist for $40, or write out a “Digital Journal” entry for a therapist to read and respond to. Each journal entry exchange is $40, or $100 for five exchanges.
A Basic membership package includes four 30-minute counselling sessions and one digital journal exchange for $150 per month. The comprehensive Bonus membership comprises of four 45-minute sessions and three digital journal exchanges for $200 per month. Counsellors are registered with the American Counselling Association (ACA), state licensed, and “extensively trained”.
Pretty Padded Room acknowledges convenience and anonymity as key concerns for clients. While the digital journals offer greater privacy, the convenience of attending a therapy session on your laptop appeals to on-the-go clientele.