Today in our daily round-up series, we analyze the best WordPress psychology themes for mental health websites in 2017. Web developers building a site for a client’s private practice, life coaching services, or clinic, can streamline the process and save some time (and money) by using one of the following themes.
Our criteria was primarily based around relevance and industry appropriateness. Mental health professionals want to project a particular image. Visitor to the site will have expectations you must meet. You’ll note that most of these themes feature subdued color palettes, and tons of white space. The last thing you want to end up with is a cluttered site, stuffed with “cutting-edge” animations and other gimmicks, that looks like it should be publishing gaming reviews or sports news.
Most of the themes on our list share very similar feature sets. Informational sites generally don’t need a lot of niche functionality on the front-end, so most of the notable features revolve around back-end usability: drag & drop page building, for example. Most support WooCommerce.
First up, we’ve got Harmony. This purpose oriented theme was developed especially for psychologists, psychiatrists, and life coaches. The design is crisp and modern, with a liberal use of white space, creating an airy, calming aesthetic.
The user experience is top-notch, with fast, responsive performance, high readability, and intuitive navigation. Harmony takes advantage of the increasingly popular Unyson framework, to offer user-friendly drag-and-drop page building functionality. Mega menus are also included.
WordPress’s own Live Customizer is implemented, for adjusting colors and fonts and previewing the results in real-time. If you have products to sell, the WooCommerce shopping cart will be a welcome feature as well.
Built on a solid Twitter Bootstrap codebase, Harmony is easy to set up with the one-click demo importer, and includes a PSD file for when extensive customization. Highly recommended.More Info/Download
Psychology Help is our next pick. Its clean, understated design will convey professionalism to site visitors and potential clients. This is a good fit for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals building a site for their private practice.
The theme supports Events Calendar, and is compatible with many other popular WordPress plug-ins. Codelessly adjust and tweak the design in the admin options, taking control over colors, fonts, and more.
Google maps integration is a nice addition to the contact page, illustrating to visitors and potential patients where you’re located. Optimized for search engines, fully responsive, and retina-ready. This one will work and look just as good on a smart phone is it will on a high-end display.More Info/Download
I’m not sure this theme technically has a name – it’s promoted by the developers as Psychology, Counseling, and Medical WP Theme. But I guess that gets down to brass tacks. This is an especially good fit for private practices and individual professionals.
Consistent with the designs we’ve looked at so far, the open, almost minimal design of this theme leaves an impression both of serenity and of professionalism.
A rich feature set provides webmasters developers with lots to work with for building the site and promoting your services. The theme bundles Visual Composer for free, for painless and easy creation and management of new layouts. A comprehensive set of options gives you access to Google fonts and unlimited colors.
There’s a lot of third-party plug-in support with this one too: Booked, for managing appointments, and bbPress and BuddyPress, for building an online community. The ubiquitous WooCommerce shopping cart is also supported. This is a very impressive product overall, even if it doesn’t have a real name. Recommended.More Info/Download
MentalPress could be my favorite design on the list. It’s slightly different from typical medical clinic WordPress themes, but that’s doubtlessly its strength. It doesn’t look like a premium theme, but a custom, proprietary design, and that’s a harder trick to pull off than you might think. If you envisioned something more traditional for your practice’s website, a quick glance at the MentalPress demo just might change your mind.
Certainly others share my opinion, and the detail hasn’t gone unnoticed: this is one of the best-selling psychology and mental health related themes on the ThemeForest marketplace, boasting almost 2000 sales since launch. The feature set is light, but must-haves are all here: an intuitive page builder, responsive and retina ready coding, and WooCommerce support.
Mental press is translation ready, compatible with the WPML plugin, and easy to install using the one click demo importer. Excellent documentation video tutorials have also been provided by the developer.More Info/Download
Medlab WordPress Psychology Theme
If you’re looking for a bit more color in your life, MedLab might be the psychology and psychiatric theme for you. This one’s a bit more vibrant than the light, pastel-laden designs we’ve looked at so far. It’s not explicitly for psychological and psychiatric professionals, but takes a general approach and can easily be adapted for use by a variety of medical professions.
MedLab includes Visual Composer, allowing you to edit and create an endless amount of layouts on the fly via its drag-and-drop interface. Slider Revolution, another popular premium plugin, is additionally bundled free, for putting together an informative, visually engaging homepage slideshow.
MailChimp, for encouraging newsletter sign-ups, and WooCommerce support, can both be found here. The theme features multilanguage support and is extensively documented. Oh yeah, and it’s SEO optimized. Even humble psychologists need to secure good spot on Google.More Info/Download
The simply titled Psychologist theme (clever) features a purpose-oriented design tailored toward individual mental health professionals and practices. The design is reminiscent of a few of our other selections – lots of white space, high readability, and tasteful subtlety.
As with many premium WordPress themes, it includes Visual Composer as an extra, and support for Contact Form 7. The WP composer plugin allows users to customize theme elements and preview them in real-time.
This is a straightforward, simple solution for users who don’t require any advanced functionality. It’s a breeze to install and set up using the demo importer and a particularly good option for WordPress beginners building a site for the first time.More Info/Download
Here’s a versatile pick: the succinctly named Psychiatrist. (I want to pick on the name, but I get it…SEO) This theme includes three distinct presets/demos to choose from out-of-the-box, as well as four unique menu styles. And, wouldn’t you know it, Psychiatrist packs in the king of page builders, Visual Composer. I’d like to be the folks who invented that one. Site owners can also choose between the box layout, and a full width layout.
A few other familiar bits and pieces can be found here: WooCommerce support, Slider Revolution, and a superb options panel in the admin. Users who like to adjust colors and fonts, seeing the preview in real-time, will appreciate Live Customizer integration.More Info/Download
Finally, that brings us to the Psychologist theme. Although the design is clean and modern, and a good fit for health clinics and practices, were most impressed by the feature set. A timetable, and events calendar, and most importantly, an appointments calendar, are all included with this theme. Good stuff.More Info/Download