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Talkspace Offers New Choices for Mental Healthcare

by Chris Holden - April 16th, 2019.
Filed under: App, COMPANY, Mental Health Issue, Mobile App, Talkspace.

Mental health issues are one of the biggest health problems in the world. There are several reasons that people in America cannot access quality mental health treatment. For many, the cost is far too high, and for some, there is a problem with being able to see a therapist. There are some parts of the country that do not have mental health facilities. There is also still a stigma associated with asking for help, and so many people suffer without getting any relief for their symptoms.

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Talkspace has found a way to solve many of those problems. Talkspace is an app that can be used anywhere there is an internet connection. The service is completely encrypted, and so confidentiality is ensured. It is also far cheaper than traditional therapist appointments that can cost hundred of dollars for one session. For just $59 a week, clients can speak to a fully licensed therapist twice a day. Recently Claire Walkes-Thomas from tried out the service. While there are therapists trained in a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, Claire Walkes-Thomas spoke to a therapist about relationship issues.

After an introductory online interview, Claire was matched with one of Talkspace’s hundreds of qualified therapists. She was told that she could talk to a therapist twice a day. Claire was able to use text, email, voicemails or messaging through the app to contact the therapist. If Claire needed to, she could also leave other messages that would be returned as soon as possible. The online therapy resulted in detailed and lengthy follow ups by the therapist. It was also possible for Claire to use the therapist with her partner.

Overall, Claire thought that the experience was very positive. While the online system does mean that some of the benefits of face-to-face therapy are lost, the positives far outweigh any slight negatives. The cost and ease of use make Talkspace unique in the field of mental healthcare, and the quality of care is equal to any traditional therapy. Patients who have for whatever reason been unable to find therapy that works for them now have a viable alternative to get the help that they need. Read:

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