How Therapy Can Help People Cope With Terminal Illnesses

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When people have a terminal illness and are journeying through their final days, they need lots of love and support from friends and family. Sometimes this isn’t enough, though.

Loved ones don’t necessarily have the skills or time to help someone come to terms with mortality. They might not know how to assist in making meaning of life as it is coming to an end.

This is when a psychotherapist or grief counselor can be invaluable. These mental health professionals have the skills to make patients and their loved ones as comfortable as possible during the end of a terminal illness. Continue reading How Therapy Can Help People Cope With Terminal Illnesses

Online vs. Traditional Therapy: The Pros and Cons

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The online vs. traditional therapy debate is on! As more people try the computer and smartphone over the couch, both mental health professionals and therapy-goers are discussing the pros and cons.

Online therapy is not trying to replace traditional therapy, but it is a better fit for millions of people. To decide which is best for you — whether you are a potential client or therapist — try weighing the pros and cons in the context of your life.

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My Journey, as a Therapist, from In-Person to Online Therapy at Talkspace

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Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC and Talkspace Therapist

When I first heard about the idea of online counseling, I was skeptical. Talk therapy has a well-known reputation for being an in-person experience. You call and search for a therapist, and anxiously wait to meet with them in their office waiting room for the first session.

Their voice sounded nice on the phone, but you still aren’t sure what to make of them. Are they genuine? Are they the right match for you?

With online counseling you might also wonder: Could this be as effective as in-person therapy?

I’ve been a provider on the Talkspace platform for almost two years now and I admit I came in with a lot of trepidation about meeting clients on the platform. Could I be effective in this medium? Continue reading My Journey, as a Therapist, from In-Person to Online Therapy at Talkspace

How Online Therapy Helps Mental Health Professionals Prevent Suicide

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Trigger Warning/Note: Suicide is an uncomfortable topic, but we have a responsibility to discuss it. By informing people of any and all methods of preventing suicide, we can spread awareness and help mental health professionals save lives.

People who are having suicidal thoughts need frequent care to ensure they don’t reach the point of attempting suicide. Online therapy can help prevent suicide by providing this kind of care, according to therapist testimonies and clinical studies, including this one published in JAMA Psychiatry.

When Talkspace therapist Katherine Glick worked with a client who was having suicidal thoughts, the daily contact online therapy offered was crucial. Continue reading How Online Therapy Helps Mental Health Professionals Prevent Suicide

How Talkspace Keeps Your Data Safe, Secure and Private

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When people work toward a happier life by sharing their secrets with an online therapist, they deserve to know their information is safe, secure and private. At Talkspace, security is a top priority.

Hundreds of thousands of people use our platform to send messages they only want their therapist to see. It’s our job to protect that information.

Keep reading to learn how we protect your messages from hackers and other security threats. It will give you peace of mind so you can communicate with your therapist without worrying about other people accessing your data. Continue reading How Talkspace Keeps Your Data Safe, Secure and Private

Have You Heard of Neurocounseling?

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The Counseling Program at Bradley University produced this infographic to spread awareness about neurocounseling.

With the help of brain imaging technology, researchers are developing a better understanding of how mental illnesses have a basis in our brains. This knowledge is reshaping how we define and diagnose many conditions. One field of counseling is using this knowledge to shape treatment plans.

This emerging field is called neurocounseling. Psychologists are effectively using it to treat people with depression, seizures, ADHD, sleep disorders and a broad range of other mental health problems.

Because our brains are developing and creating new neural pathways well into adulthood — a concept called neuroplasticity — clinicians are learning how therapy can treat clients’ brains, not only their behaviors.

The infographic below illustrates what neurocounseling is and how it can help individuals with a variety of mental conditions and disorders.  Continue reading Have You Heard of Neurocounseling?

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

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?

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

3 Trends in Therapy You Need to Watch For

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Imagine a future where most therapists text their clients or video chat with them. Then picture these therapists working alongside doctors, yet focusing more on the strength of their relationships with clients rather than symptom reduction.

It’s not as far away as you might think, and it’s only scratching the surface of how therapy is changing. Therapy will always have the mission of helping people live a happier and healthier life, but the methods of working with and reaching clients are evolving rapidly.

To glean a glimpse of this future, keep reading to learn about the most prevalent current and emerging therapy trends Talkspace looked into. Continue reading 3 Trends in Therapy You Need to Watch For