Pacifica

Pacifica is an app designed to help with anxiety, stress and worry based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques. Learn more about the app and get more information on when it is appropriate to use, find out what young people thought of it, and read professional's and young people's advice for using it in practice.

This tool will assist with:

  • managing stress, anxiety and depression
  • increasing mindfulness and wellness.

About Pacifica

Pacifica is a self-help app designed to assist with managing stress, anxiety and depression. Through using psychologist-designed tools based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Pacifica aims to break the cycle of negative thoughts that can cause further physical and emotional responses.

The app provides a variety of tools that allow the user to track their thoughts, mood and health habits over time, enabling them to identify patterns and trends of their overall progress. Daily challenges are used to achieve small goals, allowing the user to work towards a bigger long-term goal at a pace suitable for them. Techniques such as deep breathing and guided meditation are provided to help the user relax and increase their mindfulness.

Pacifica also features a peer support community where users can look for support and are able to share their stories and offer advice to others as well as a real-time chat function.


Where to access this tool

Pacifica is free to download and is available on both iOS and Android devices.


 


Our young people rated it 4/5
Our professionals rated it 4.5/5


When to use Pacifica

This app is suitable to use with young people who are experiencing stress or signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression.


What young people thought of Pacifica

Likes
  • Allows you to keep track of your mood and do activities to help you alter your mood and energy state.
  • The holistic approach. It's great having all health related things in one place.
  • Choice of backgrounds which are very calming and relaxing.
  • Multiple guided meditations for different situations.

Dislikes
  • Having to pay for a lot of the content. If it was cheaper it would allow more people to help themselves.     
  • Mindfulness audio isn't preloaded and requires an internet connection.


Professionals' advice on using Pacifica in practice

  • In practice this app could be used to look at the mood ratings as well as their recorded thoughts as a starting point before continuing to build further cognitive skills such as reframing and awareness of thinking traps.
  • Pacifica is a comprehensive, evidence-based app with the ability to personalise. 
  • However, whilst basic information is available free of charge, more advanced uses of this app require a monthly subscription.


Advice from young people

  • It's a great tool that directs the young person to focus on what they are feeling and what's going on.
  • Allow them to navigate through the app themselves as there are a lot of personal questions to answer.     
  • Direct them to relevant areas of the app as they will be able to take it from there.
  • Keep reminding them to use the app is important as well.


Acknowledgements

This tool was reviewed by Ashlea and Caitlin, young people from the ReachOut.com community. Professional review was provided by Angelique Foran (Clinical Psychologist).

Next Steps

  • Try the program first before using it with your clients so you can demonstrate how it works to them.
  • Work with the young person to set appropriate goals.
  • Check in with them about it during the following session.

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