Best Mental Health Software 2021

SimplePractice Alternatives & Competitors

Are you thinking about implementing SimplePractice? Before making your purchase, it's best to learn about the top SimplePractice alternatives. The six best competitors are listed below, along with details on their features and pricing.

SimplePractice is the most popular and fastest growing practice management system for mental health providers. The company has over 60,000 customers, and is our top overall mental health practice management system.

However, before making your purchase, it's best to understand how SimplePractice compares to its top alternatives. We share SimplePractice's top competitors below, along with a detailed look at their features and pricing. To fully understand SimplePractice, you can also read our in-depth SimplePractice review.

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SimplePractice Features

The SimplePractice platform has numerous tools that make it easier to manage your practice. The seven most important features that SimplePractice offers are described in the table below.

FeatureDescription
Client IntakeSimplePractice offers paperless client intake to streamline the onboarding of new patients.
SchedulingSimplePractice includes a digital calendar – in addition, patients can schedule appointments online.
Client PortalSimplePractice includes a client portal where patients can receive alerts, send messages, add info and make payments.
Plans & NotesSimplePractice comes with different options for treatment plans and notes, including free access to Wiley Planners.
Billing & InvoicingSimplePractice streamlines your billing and invoicing processes to capture more revenue.
TelehealthSimplePractice offers a telehealth solution that you can use for HIPAA compliant video sessions.
Mobile ApplicationSimplePractice offers a mobile app for you, and one that your clients can use for telehealth appointments.

SimplePractice Competitor Overview: Pricing & Features

SimplePractice is the largest and fastest growing mental health practice management solution. The company has grown so quickly because it offers a very robust product at a competitive price.

SimplePractice pricing starts at $39 per month for a single clinician. The company also offers a $59 per month plan that includes additional features such as online appointment booking, custom note templates and telehealth. SimplePractice's competitors are priced similarly. The only company that offers a significantly cheaper plan is TherapyAppointment – it's entry plan costs $10 per month for up to 10 appointments.

In terms of features, SimplePractice is the most robust platform in the market. It includes nearly all features found in competitors, and is often the first to launch new features. An example was the launch of SimplePractice telehealth in March 2020. The only tool not found in SimplePractice is the ability to e-prescribe controlled substances in all 50 states.

The major factor that sets SimplePractice apart from the competition is the application's intuitive design. Workflows such as client onboarding are easy to learn and streamlined to save you time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about many of its competitors.

SimplePractice vs. competitors: price and features comparison table

SimplePractice Alternatives

There are dozens of software tools built for the behavioral health industry. Below, we've listed the six SimplePractice alternatives that you should consider. Each solution is ranked by its features, pricing, and usability.

The top SimplePractice alternatives are:

  • TheraNest
  • Luminello
  • TherapyNotes
  • IntakeQ
  • Mend
  • TherapyAppointment

#1: TheraNest

TheraNest is the best alternative to SimplePractice. It offers a similar set of features for roughly the same price. The biggest difference between the two solutions is their pricing models. SimplePractice charges per clinician, TheraNest charges per active client. We recommend testing both solutions to see which you prefer.

You can also read our full breakdown of SimplePractice vs. TheraNest.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You want to pay based upon the number of clinicians using the software
  • You want a solution with eligibility requests
  • You prefer the SimplePractice interface
You'll prefer TheraNest if:

  • You want to pay based upon your number of active clients
  • You want phone-based customer support
  • You prefer the look and feel of TheraNest

#2: Luminello

Luminello is a top SimplePractice competitor that is built specifically for psychiatrists. It's a well designed, easy to use platform, and is the only product in this list that can be used to e-prescribe controlled substances in all 50 states. Luminello also offers a basic free plan that can be used for up to 30 notes per month.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You value having a mobile app for your team and your patients
  • You use Wiley Treatment Planners
  • You want to save $30 per month
You'll prefer Luminello if:

  • You're a psychiatrist that prescribes controlled substances
  • You can use the free plan with less than 30 notes per month
  • You'll use it to create a free public profile
Luminello

Luminello

Practice Management System Best for Psychiatrists
Rating:
Price: $69 per month
Luminello is a practice management system built specifically for psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and therapists. The company has a core tenant to be user-friendly, and it shows. The company offers all the basic functionality you need to run your practice (including e-prescribing in all 50 states), and additional nice to have features including a public profile with built in pre-screen form. It is also reasonably priced at $59 per month. We highly recommend Luminello to psychiatrists that want an easy-to-use, effective practice management system.
Pros:
  • Supports e-prescribing in all 50 states
  • Powerful notes with many time-saving features
  • Partnership with The Carlat Report to view relevant TCR articles and TCR medication fact sheets
Cons:
  • No phone support, sometimes slow responding to email tickets
  • Not a Medicaid certified system
  • Telemedicine is provided through Doxy.me, a third-party solution

#3: TherapyNotes

TherapyNotes is another popular mental health practice management solution. It offers all the core features that you need to manage your practice. Overall, we found TherapyNotes to have a less intuitive interface and less robust functionality compared to SimplePractice.

You can also read our full breakdown of SimplePractice vs. TherapyNotes.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You value a more robust client portal
  • You want customizable intake forms, assessments, & treatment plans
  • You want to save money through free appointment reminders, ERAs and cheaper coverage reports
You'll prefer TherapyNotes if:

  • You prefer the plans and notes offered by TherapyNotes
  • You prefer the look and feel of TherapyNotes
TherapyNotes

TherapyNotes

Practice Management System
Rating:
Price: $49 per month
TherapyNotes is a web-based system that works well for practices that benefit from its powerful notes and electronic health records. While these are not customizable, they are created specifically for the behavioral health market and come with auto-suggest functionality that will save your team time and improve data accuracy. Additionally, the billing features that TherapyNotes offers are uniquely strong. When evaluating the system, it's important to keep in mind that these billing features are an extra cost on top of the $59 per month for TherapyNotes' entry group plan.
Pros:
  • Powerful forms with time-saving auto-suggest functionality
  • Robust billing package that offers real-time client insurance eligibility reports for over 900 payers
  • Known for excellent customer service
Cons:
  • Appointments and forms are not customizable
  • Limited patient portal compared to alternatives
  • Telehealth does not support advanced features such as group appointments and screen sharing

#4: IntakeQ

IntakeQ started as a software tool for paperless client intake. Over time, the company has developed more of the features found in practice management systems. If you're a smaller, cash-based practice, we recommend evaluating IntakeQ.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You want a fully-featured practice management system
  • You want to save $10 per month
  • You prefer a more tested, mature solution
You'll prefer IntakeQ if:

  • You need a solution specifically for digital forms
  • You really want to optimize client intake
  • You are a smaller, cash-based practice
IntakeQ

IntakeQ

Patient Intake Forms Best Intake Forms
Rating:
Price: $49.90 per month
IntakeQ is excellent at what it does. IntakeQ's Forms Only Package is the best available option focused specifically on client intake. We highly recommend it if you want to solve that specific problem. If you are a smaller, cash-based practice, then we also recommend IntakeQ's Full Package as a practice management system. While it lacks some of the advanced features found in other solutions, it is a super-intuitive, lightweight platform that is adding meaningful new features each quarter.
Pros:
  • Most effective, HIPAA-compliant paperless intake system to reduce paperwork and save time
  • Offers services to build your digital forms from scratch for $9 each
  • Full plan includes appointment management, online payments, telehealth and a secure client portal
Cons:
  • IntakeQ relies on Office Ally to process insurance claims
  • Full product suite does not yet include a mobile application
  • IntakeQ is a general solution focused on delivering value for many verticals

#5: Mend

Mend is a strong solution for practices that have a high volume of telemedicine. It includes advanced features such as group appointments that are not found in SimplePractice.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You want a more traditional practice management system
  • Your appointments are primarily in person
  • You want a system that integrates practice management and EHRs
You'll prefer Mend if:

  • All of your appointments are conducted through telemedicine
  • You need to do group teletherapy sessions
  • You have complex team workflows
Mend

Mend

Telemedicine Software
Rating:
Price: $49 per month
Mend is a telehealth and engagement platform used by thousands of healthcare providers to conduct telehealth appointments. Its HIPAA compliant video conferencing module is integrated with several features like online forms and appointment reminders that are more commonly found in practice management systems and patient communication software. Other Mend features include appointment scheduling, group telehealth appointments, a secure messaging inbox, and exceptional customer support.
Pros:
  • Entire platform can be customized to your practice's specifications & workflows
  • Provides instant technical support to both patients and providers within 15 seconds to help ensure that visits happen
  • Supports group telehealth appointments
Cons:
  • EHR integration only available with Pro Telehealth Plan
  • Payment processing requires you to sign up for an Authorize.net account
  • Implementation with some EHRs can take up to 5 weeks

#6: TherapyAppointment

TherapyAppointment is a basic mental health practice management system. The company recently released a new version of its software with major design improvements. However, unless you plan to purchase TherapyAppointment's $10 per month plan, we recommend SimplePractice.

You can also read our full breakdown of SimplePractice vs. TherapyAppointment.

You'll prefer SimplePractice if:

  • You have more than 10 appointments per month
  • You want an application that is easier to navigate
  • You want clients to have the ability to schedule and reschedule appointments
You'll prefer TherapyAppointment if:

  • You are a new or part-time practices with 10 or less appointments per month
  • You prefer the look and feel of TherapyAppointment
TherapyAppointment

TherapyAppointment

Practice Management System Best Entry Plan
Rating:
Price: $10 per month
TherapyAppointment 2.0 is a good entry-level practice management system with a complete set of basic features including client intake, appointments & scheduling, EHR plans & forms, a client portal and billing & invoicing. TherapyAppointment is used by over 16,000 therapists. Starting at $10 per month, there is no better entry system for brand new practices on a budget.
Pros:
  • Comes with a complete set of practice management features including a strong client portal
  • The company recently released a brand new 2.0 version of the software with an improved user-interface
  • Great entry package: Prices start at $10 per month for up to 10 monthly appointments
Cons:
  • Does not offer more advanced features found in more complex solutions
  • Could be difficult to scale with as your practice grows
  • Their basic forms have not yet been updated for their 2.0 product

Bottom Line

SimplePractice has grown to serve over 60,000 customers. It is the most advanced and affordable mental health practice management system available today.

The strongest competitor to SimplePractice is TheraNest, which we recommend evaluating to determine the best practice management system for you. The biggest difference between these two tools is their pricing model. If you operate a new or smaller practice, TherapyAppointment's $10 entry plan is worth evaluating. Finally, if you use telehealth for the majority of your sessions, consider Mend.

Bruce Hogan

Bruce Hogan is Co-founder & CEO of SoftwarePundit, a technology research firm that provides advice, information, and tools to help businesses thrive. Bruce has experience investing at multi-billion dollar private equity firms, leading teams at venture-backed Internet companies, and launching new businesses. He can be found on LinkedIn here.

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