Change your mindset with mental health exercises.

Bold CBT


You can't just "do the exercises in your head".Consistency is key.
More coming soon...


John Bogil
Bold app, creator

What is Bold?

Bold is a mobile app that helps people learn exercises that can change their daily mindset. Bold is not a replacement for a mental health professional.

Privacy & Data Collection:

We cannot read your completed exercises in Bold. Your completed exercises are stored locally on your device and do not leave your device. Quite frankly, we don’t want to read your thoughts.

Data we do read:

Error logs (like if the app crashes)Some anonymous behavioral data, e.g. “user 123 pressed the start button”
How do we read this data:

By using the Firebase iOS SDK.
If you need to contact the creator of Bold for any reason, please send an email to

Bold is licensed to You (End-User) by Bold app (hereinafter: Licensor), for use only under the terms of this License Agreement.

By downloading the Application from the Apple AppStore, and any update thereto (as permitted by this License Agreement), You indicate that You agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of this License Agreement, and that You accept this License Agreement.

The parties of this License Agreement acknowledge that Apple is not a Party to this License Agreement and is not bound by any provisions or obligations with regard to the Application, such as warranty, liability, maintenance and support thereof. Bold app, not Apple, is solely responsible for the licensed Application and the content thereof.

This License Agreement may not provide for usage rules for the Application that are in conflict with the latest App Store Terms of Service. Bold app acknowledges that it had the opportunity to review said terms and this License Agreement is not conflicting with them.

All rights not expressly granted to You are reserved.


Bold (hereinafter: Application) is a piece of software created to encourage personal writing via journal prompts. - and customized for Apple mobile devices.

The Application is not tailored to comply with industry-specific regulations (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), etc.), so if your interactions would be subjected to such laws, you may not use this Application. You may not use the Application in a way that would violate the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).


2.1 You are given a non-transferable, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable license to install and use the Licensed Application on any Apple-branded Products that You (End-User) own or control and as permitted by the Usage Rules set forth in this section and the App Store Terms of Service, with the exception that such licensed Application may be accessed and used by other accounts associated with You (End-User, The Purchaser) via Family Sharing or volume purchasing.

2.2 This license will also govern any updates of the Application provided by Licensor that replace, repair, and/or supplement the first Application, unless a separate license is provided for such update in which case the terms of that new license will govern.

2.3 You may not share or make the Application available to third parties (unless to the degree allowed by the Apple Terms and Conditions, and with Bold app's prior written consent), sell, rent, lend, lease or otherwise redistribute the Application.

2.4 You may not reverse engineer, translate, disassemble, integrate, decompile, integrate, remove, modify, combine, create derivative works or updates of, adapt, or attempt to derive the source code of the Application, or any part thereof (except with Bold app's prior written consent).

2.5 You may not copy (excluding when expressly authorized by this license and the Usage Rules) or alter the Application or portions thereof. You may create and store copies only on devices that You own or control for backup keeping under the terms of this license, the App Store Terms of Service, and any other terms and conditions that apply to the device or software used. You may not remove any intellectual property notices. You acknowledge that no unauthorized third parties may gain access to these copies at any time.

2.6 Violations of the obligations mentioned above, as well as the attempt of such infringement, may be subject to prosecution and damages.

2.7 Licensor reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions of licensing.

2.8 Nothing in this license should be interpreted to restrict third-party terms. When using the Application, You must ensure that You comply with applicable third-party terms and conditions.


3.1 Licensor attempts to keep the Application updated so that it complies with modified/new versions of the firmware and new hardware. You are not granted rights to claim such an update.

3.2 You acknowledge that it is Your responsibility to confirm and determine that the app end-user device on which You intend to use the Application satisfies the technical specifications mentioned above.

3.3 Licensor reserves the right to modify the technical specifications as it sees appropriate at any time.


4.1 The Licensor is solely responsible for providing any maintenance and support services for this licensed Application. You can reach the Licensor at the email address listed in the App Store Overview for this licensed Application.

4.2 Bold app and the End-User acknowledge that Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the licensed Application.


5.1 Licensor's responsibility in the case of violation of obligations and tort shall be limited to intent and gross negligence. Only in case of a breach of essential contractual duties (cardinal obligations), Licensor shall also be liable in case of slight negligence. In any case, liability shall be limited to the foreseeable, contractually typical damages. The limitation mentioned above does not apply to injuries to life, limb, or health.

5.2 Licensor takes no accountability or responsibility for any damages caused due to a breach of duties according to Section 2 of this Agreement. To avoid data loss, You are required to make use of backup functions of the Application to the extent allowed by applicable third-party terms and conditions of use. You are aware that in case of alterations or manipulations of the Application, You will not have access to licensed Application.


6.1 Licensor warrants that the Application is free of spyware, trojan horses, viruses, or any other malware at the time of Your download. Licensor warrants that the Application works as described in the user documentation.

6.2 No warranty is provided for the Application that is not executable on the device, that has been unauthorizedly modified, handled inappropriately or culpably, combined or installed with inappropriate hardware or software, used with inappropriate accessories, regardless if by Yourself or by third parties, or if there are any other reasons outside of Bold app's sphere of influence that affect the executability of the Application.

6.3 You are required to inspect the Application immediately after installing it and notify Bold app about issues discovered without delay by e-mail provided in Product Claims. The defect report will be taken into consideration and further investigated if it has been mailed within a period of three hundred sixty five (365) days after discovery.

6.4 If we confirm that the Application is defective, Bold app reserves a choice to remedy the situation either by means of solving the defect or substitute delivery.

6.5 In the event of any failure of the Application to conform to any applicable warranty, You may notify the App-Store-Operator, and Your Application purchase price will be refunded to You. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the App-Store-Operator will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the App, and any other losses, claims, damages, liabilities, expenses and costs attributable to any negligence to adhere to any warranty.

6.6 If the user is an entrepreneur, any claim based on faults expires after a statutory period of limitation amounting to twelve (12) months after the Application was made available to the user. The statutory periods of limitation given by law apply for users who are consumers.


Bold app and the End-User acknowledge that Bold app, and not Apple, is responsible for addressing any claims of the End-User or any third party relating to the licensed Application or the End-User’s possession and/or use of that licensed Application, including, but not limited to:

(i) product liability claims;

(ii) any claim that the licensed Application fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and

(iii) claims arising under consumer protection, privacy, or similar legislation, including in connection with Your Licensed Application’s use of the HealthKit and HomeKit.


You represent and warrant that You are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a "terrorist supporting" country; and that You are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.


For general inquiries, complaints, questions or claims concerning the licensed Application, please contact:

John Bogil


The license is valid until terminated by Bold app or by You. Your rights under this license will terminate automatically and without notice from Bold app if You fail to adhere to any term(s) of this license. Upon License termination, You shall stop all use of the Application, and destroy all copies, full or partial, of the Application.


Bold app represents and warrants that Bold app will comply with applicable third-party terms of agreement when using licensed Application.

In Accordance with Section 9 of the "Instructions for Minimum Terms of Developer's End-User License Agreement," Apple and Apple's subsidiaries shall be third-party beneficiaries of this End User License Agreement and - upon Your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this license agreement, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce this End User License Agreement against You as a third-party beneficiary thereof.


Bold app and the End-User acknowledge that, in the event of any third-party claim that the licensed Application or the End-User's possession and use of that licensed Application infringes on the third party's intellectual property rights, Bold app, and not Apple, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge or any such intellectual property infringement claims.


This license agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York excluding its conflicts of law rules.


14.1 If any of the terms of this agreement should be or become invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected. Invalid terms will be replaced by valid ones formulated in a way that will achieve the primary purpose.

14.2 Collateral agreements, changes and amendments are only valid if laid down in writing. The preceding clause can only be waived in writing.

### Medical Disclaimer

1. Bold is providing a mobile app for guided journaling in the health & mindfulness space. However, Bold is not a health care or medical provider, nor should our service be considered medical advice. Only your doctor or other health care provider can do that. While there is third party evidence and common knowledge that journaling can assist in the prevention and recovery process for many mental conditions as well as in improving some performance and relationship issues, Bold makes no claims, representations or guarantees that the service provide a therapeutic benefit.
2. The information contained in the service is for general information purposes only. While Bold endeavors to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the service or the information contained on the service for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.
3. Any advice or other materials in the service are intended for general information purposes only. They are not intended to be relied upon and are not a substitute for professional medical advice based on your individual condition and circumstances. The advice and other materials we make available are intended to support the relationship between you and your healthcare providers and not replace it. We are not liable or responsible for any consequences of your having read or been told about such advice or other materials as you assume full responsibility for your decisions and actions. In particular, to the fullest extent permitted by law, we make no representation or warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose of the advice, other materials and information published as part of the service.
4. People with existing mental health conditions should speak with their health care providers before starting a journaling practice.

You can't just do the exercises in your head.

Here’s my quick story:

I learned about CBT after reading Feeling Good by David Burns. The book was super helpful and I learned a lot from it. But tbh I never sat down and did the exercises that he recommends on my own time. I thought that I could just “do the exercises in my head” while I was out and living my life. I tried to do that but it never worked well. Maybe it’s better than not doing the exercises at all, but it just made me more frustrated when I thought that the exercises weren’t working. But the reality is that you actually gotta sit down and write out the exercises.

Something about actually writing it out is so different for your brain. Not saying it will work for everyone but it made a huge difference for me.

Go buy a dedicated journal you can write in or use Bold CBT on your phone or ipad. Please save yourself the months that I spent ruminating and instead just write it out.

Consistency is key

Would just like to share something that I wish I knew at the start of CBT:

You gotta be consistent with the exercises and the homework. CBT is a skills based therapy. If you’re just showing up to therapy appointments and expecting your therapist to do the work for you, you’re gonna have a bad time.

It can take a while. You gotta iterate and find a system that works for you. I spent a long time making excuses about why I couldn’t do the exercises. I didn’t wanna bring the workbook to my office (where most of my anxiety happens). I found an app that works for me. Do you need someone to help push you? Find a friend on this subreddit to be accountable to each other. But the key is that you gotta do the work consistently.

A lot of us have spent years developing and embedding these cognitive distortions into our minds. They won’t be erased overnight or erased after a few therapy sessions. You gotta be consistent.