Frequently asked questions
What is Woebot?
Woebot is an automated conversational agent (chatbot) who helps you monitor mood and learn about yourself. Drawing from a therapeutic framework known as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Woebot asks people how they’re feeling and what is going on in their lives in the format of brief daily conversations. Woebot also talks to you about mental health and wellness and sends you videos and other useful tools depending on your mood and needs at that moment. You can think of Woebot as a choose-your-own-adventure self-help book that is capable of storing all of your entries, and gets more specific to your needs over time.
How does it work?
Does it work?
In a recent study conducted at Stanford University, using Woebot led to significant reductions in anxiety and depression among people aged 18-28 years old, compared to an information-only control group. 85% of participants used Woebot on a daily or almost daily basis. You can read the entire peer-reviewed study.
What is CBT?
What are Woebot's core beliefs?
Who's it for?
Is it free to talk to Woebot?
Our mission is to make the best psychological tools radically accessible to those who need them. As such we are lucky enough to not have to charge users for Woebot’s services at this time. However, this may change at some point as we move towards establishing a sustainable business.
Where can I chat with Woebot?
Does Woebot speak languages other than English?
Woebot only speaks English right now, and limited Italian. Woebot looks to one day expand the language offerings but, for now, Woebot is still working on mastering the subtleties of the English language.
Are you trying to replace therapists?
Absolutely not. There will always be a need for traditional therapy and therapists, and there is no replacement for human connection. Woebot is an additional resource that is available in a very different way than more traditional methods of seeking help.
For more information read our blog post on the role of mental health chatbots.
How can I change the time of day that Woebot checks in at?
The easiest place to change this is by tapping the ‘Check-in time’ button in Woebot’s settings. You can get to Woebot’s settings by tapping the gear icon in the top left-hand corner of the stories screen.
How can I undo my last response to Woebot?
How can I get Woebot to stop checking in each day?
How can I delete my account?
If you’d like to delete your account from our servers, tap the toolbox icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select: ‘Type a response’. Then send the message “delete my data” to Woebot and you’ll be guided through the process of deleting your account. Once you do that, our servers will no longer remember your personal data.