About e-couch

Information and self-help for common mental health problems

e-couch is an online, self-directed training program which provides interactive self-help and evidence-based information to help users to understand and manage symptoms associated with common mental issues.

The program is like an interactive self-help book, which you can log back in to at any time to learn more skills or to add to your workbooks.

e-couch offers five programs: Depression, Anxiety & Worry, Social Anxiety, Divorce & Separation and Loss & Bereavement. Each program includes a comprehensive information module, as well as self-help modules with interactive exercises and workbooks which teach evidence-based strategies.

Clinical practice guidelines

e-couch provides training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and psychoeducation, which are recommended treatments for depression and anxiety disorders in the clinical practice guidelines published by Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Digital CBT or Internet-delivered CBT (iCBT) is also recognised in the guidelines.

You can access the clinical practice guidelines through the following links:

NSQDMH standards accreditation

e-couch is accredited to the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health standards . These standards improve the quality of digital mental health services and protect service users and their support people from harm.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Accredited for Compliance with NSQDMH Standards. Reg. 27/06/23 Exp. 27/06/26. Click badge to verify*


In the spirit of reconciliation e-hub Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.

We acknowledge and respect the diversity of our service users, including diversity of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability.

Service user rights

The e-couch web service complies with and promotes The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights  and The Charter of Young People's Healthcare Rights  .

Who is behind e-couch?

e-couch was originally developed and evaluated over 10 years by researchers at the Australian National University - the same team that developed the well-known moodgym program for depression and anxiety . The development and delivery of e-couch is now undertaken by e-hub Health – an ANU spin-off company. e-hub Health is part of the Dialogue group of companies.

The original version of e-couch was co-funded by Australia's beyondblue: the national depression initiative and the Australian National University. e-couch has continued to be expanded and delivered with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health & Aged Care.