With the touch of an icon, we can order groceries, pay for coffee, and even find someone to walk the dog. Why not also see a therapist?
Almost everyone has access to a smartphone — a device that has revolutionized the way we do just about anything. Limitless possibilities and boundless opportunities are now at our fingertips. When the leader of the free world can say just about anything in a tweet, some people may get a bit nervous. One may be having difficulties over a breakup with a significant other or the death of a loved one.
The common denominator in our lives today is lack of time fused with a desire to get things done — and get them done quickly. And that’s exactly what online therapy platforms aim to do in the mobile-dominated world. Apps like Talkspace have burst on to the scene in merely a matter of years. They are quickly becoming a solid competitor to brick and mortar therapy sessions.
Gone are the days when one had to travel across town to a therapist’s office and then back to their home. Now, people can interact with their therapist from the comfort of their own home. To have access to a therapist from your sofa is to have peace of mind at the touch of a button. That’s the philosophy of Talkspace.
The successes of apps like Talkspace were recently covered in an article posted on Bustle. Writer Gabrielle Moss recounted her experiment with the app following nearly a decade of brick and mortar therapy. “I couldn’t believe it,” Moss wrote. “I emailed everyone I knew. I had had a revelation that had eluded me through years of talk therapy, in two days of text therapy.”
Moss wasn’t alone in coming to admire some of the aspects and elements of online therapy.
Talkspace’s legitimacy has increased drastically over the past few years. Indicative of this is a deal inked (or e-signed) with Magellan Health. The insured Magellan clients will soon have access to Talkspace therapists. Talk about innovative health insurance.
Even the cost of Talkspace services is reasonable. As opposed to forking out hundreds of dollars for a therapy session, the plans range from $32 a week at the low-end. Value and quality seem to be the essence of the app.
Engadget also covered the innovative Talkspace app and spoke to its Manager of Therapist Performance, Scott Christnelly about potential challenges facing clients and therapists alike. “It’s definitely a unique experience,” said Christnelly. “There is a learning curve in figuring out how to bridge that gap [of reading a person’s non-verbal cues] in order to understand the subtext.”
Christnelly also told Engadget that he hoped experts will soon “learn how to communicate warmth and empathy and understanding through the written word.”
The benefits of online therapy are as crystal clear as they are with other online delivery services. If you, say, use the Uber app to hail a car to take you to the train station, the car will inevitably show up to your door and whisk you away to get on with your journey. You leave feedback for the driver. What is to say that therapy can’t have the same methodology?
Arguably, therapy apps are simpler to use because there is no need for you to leave your home or interrupt your day. You can respond at your convenience, vent when necessary, and talk about all that is wrong (or right!) with your life.
Is there anything more beneficial for peace of mind than having that power at your fingertips? Companies that develop innovative and dynamic applications such as Talkspace will be at the forefront of the discussion.