The Top Innovations in Mental Health Care and Technology

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Because of the stigma of mental illness and systemic flaws that limit access to mental health care, people want less frustrating and more affordable paths to improving their mental health. Companies, academic researchers and government organizations are creating innovations in mental health care and technology to reach these consumers.

In spite of these efforts, there are still millions of people who give up on improving their mental health because they are not aware of these innovations. By looking at the innovations below and spreading the word, you can present them with more options and offer another chance to live a happier life. Continue reading The Top Innovations in Mental Health Care and Technology

Infertility: Everything You Need to Know to Cope

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You think you have all the time in the world. When you’re ready to get pregnant it will just happen.

People don’t talk about the difficulty that can accompany pregnancy. They assume it will be easy because people rarely mention infertility. No one thinks of the possibility that it could take years to get pregnant. They don’t consider the thousands upon thousands of dollars they could spend trying to get pregnant. You might not consider the toll infertility could have on most if not all the relationships in your life.

If you’re struggling to cope with infertility, you are not alone. Continue reading Infertility: Everything You Need to Know to Cope

Could a Robot Be a Decent Therapist?

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We’ve seen advanced artificial intelligence capable of holding a conversation such as Siri, IBM’s Watson and Microsoft’s Cortana. But could any robot — even something designed only for psychotherapy and more advanced than the aforementioned AIs — be a decent therapist?

People have used bots for therapy, but it’s not clear whether they could surpass human therapists in our lifetime. Looking at the past, present and possible future of robots as therapists will give you an idea of how effective they could be. Continue reading Could a Robot Be a Decent Therapist?

Meet Our Therapists: Samantha White

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Name: Samantha White
Licensing info: MSW, LCSW, LICSW, licensed in Massachusetts and Florida
Lives in: Florida
Originally from: Massachusetts
Time at Talkspace: 1 year
Time as a Therapist: Over 20 years

Why are you working in therapy/mental health?

I entered the field of mental health in the aftermath of my daughter’s death by homicide. I fell apart. I was no longer able to work in my previous profession of health care administration, and went back to school to train and imbue my life with purpose. I wrote about this experience in my award-winning book, “Someone to Talk To: Finding Peace, Purpose, and Joy After Tragedy and Loss.”  Continue reading Meet Our Therapists: Samantha White

The Evolution of Therapy Through the Eyes of Renowned Therapist Irvin Yalom

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Because therapist Irvin Yalom has practiced psychotherapy for more than six decades, he has witnessed and played a role in the evolution of therapy.

Dr. Yalom is the professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University, a renowned existential psychotherapist, the author of bestselling novels and psychology books, and one of Talkspace’s clinical advisors (he works closely with our head of clinical development, Nicole Amesbury).

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He delivered the keynote address at our clinical conference, The Future of Therapy. Yalom told the story of his career in psychotherapy and how he watched the profession transform through several stages. Continue reading The Evolution of Therapy Through the Eyes of Renowned Therapist Irvin Yalom

Everything You Missed at the 2016 Future of Therapy Conference

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If you missed our clinical conference, The Future of Therapy, don’t worry! This post will retroactively bring the experience to you. After all, Talkspace is all about virtually providing services for people who can’t make it in-person or prefer the online experience.

9:30-10:30 a.m. — Meeting People In-Person for the First Time

Our virtual tour of The Future of Therapy begins with attendees entering Cedar Lake, a historic multi-use event space in Manhattan.

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all photos by Liz Clayman Photography

The hall was filled with long wood tables, Talkspace memorabilia, complimentary snacks, free copies of Psychology Today and an increasing number of attendees looking for familiar faces — or unfamiliar ones. The attendees were a mixture of panelists, speakers, people who represent companies innovating in health care and technology, therapists, reporters, venture capitalists and Talkspace staff and community members. All of them wanted to learn, network or promote their brand or cause. Continue reading Everything You Missed at the 2016 Future of Therapy Conference

Talkspace CEO Oren Frank on Mental Health Care Innovation Curing the ‘American Nightmare’

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When Talkspace CEO Oren Frank addressed the audience at our company’s clinical conference, The Future of Therapy, one of his opening lines was something no one expected.

“Over ten years ago, Roni actually left me,” Frank said

The crowd went silent. Frank’s wife, Talkspace Co-Founder and Head of Clinical Services Roni Frank, had finished her speech only minutes earlier. Continue reading Talkspace CEO Oren Frank on Mental Health Care Innovation Curing the ‘American Nightmare’

Roni Frank Talks Disrupting Stigma and the #FutureofTherapy

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The following is an edited transcript of Roni’s speech from our clinical conference, The Future of Therapy:

I’d like to thank everyone for joining us at the first Talkspace clinical conference. This is an exciting moment for us, as we’ve gathered industry leaders to discuss the impact of technology on our mental health and the changing landscape of health care. Continue reading Roni Frank Talks Disrupting Stigma and the #FutureofTherapy

Future of Therapy 2016: What Do You Think the Future of Therapy Is?

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“What do you think the future of therapy is?” To give the public a preview of our clinical conference, The Future of Therapy, we asked some of our panelists this question. Check out their insights below!

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Jenna Birch Talkspace conference panelist I think the future of therapy is creating a system of care that works well for you on an individual and personal level. It fits into your life. It tackles your specific mental health needs. It helps you slow down and relieve the key stressors so pervasive in our “right now” culture — from the feeling that you must constantly be plugged in, to how you should mindfully engage with new mediums like social media. Hopefully, it redefines how so many typically view therapy and erases the stigma that you shouldn’t need to take care of your mental health. We all do, and if we’re not, we’re robbing ourselves of a better state of well-being. Continue reading Future of Therapy 2016: What Do You Think the Future of Therapy Is?

Future of Therapy 2016: What Excites You Most About Mental Health Care Innovation?

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“What excites you most about mental health care innovation?”

To give the public a preview of our Clinical Conference, The Future of Therapy, we asked some of our panelists this question.

Check out their insights below!

Jenna BirchFreelance Writer at Yahoo!

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There’s no one way to care for your mental health. If I’ve learned anything over the past several years, it’s that everyone has different struggles and needs. With so many advances in technology, social media, therapy and connectivity, I think we’ll see a lot of mental health care tailored to very individual needs. That’s amazing.

 

 

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