Traditional, brick-and-mortar therapy is a wonderful thing, and can be incredibly healing when you are working through a mental health challenge. I personally benefited from ten years of brick-and-mortar therapy and recommend it highly. However, I’ve been in online therapy for almost three years, and have also fallen in love with the experience.
Both forms of therapy have their advantages. Studies have shown that both online and traditional therapy are effective at managing mental health struggles. And the beauty of it all is that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Continue reading Supplementing Your Existing Care With Talkspace
Online therapy is a relatively new development in the healthcare industry. The ability to access therapy without the need to physically travel is a tremendous innovation — making mental health services available to thousands of people who might not have been able to access nor afford treatment in the past. Online therapy — also known as teletherapy, e-therapy, or cyber-therapy — has experienced a growth in popularity due to its accessibility. Online therapy has already helped millions of people experience a better life.
However, with any innovation, there is bound to be some level of skepticism. Critics may ask: “Does online therapy work and are there any risks?” Furthermore, what if texting just isn’t how one wants to speak to their therapist? Continue reading What if Texting Isn’t How I Want to Talk to My Therapist?
If you follow us on Instagram, you might have noticed a recurring series of stories called Therapy Thursday. Q & A style, we give our followers a chance to ask anything they have been curious about and get answers from Talkspace therapists. Although we receive a wide variety of questions, there are a few common questions that tend to pop-up each week, which we’ll dive into with advice from Talkspace therapists Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S, CFTP; Rachel O’Neill, Ph.D., LPCC-S; and Jill E. Daino, LCSW. Continue reading Therapy Thursday: Your Top 10 Questions
At Talkspace one of our primary missions is to continuously improve the quality of our service — to make your experience of therapy better. These improvements have included things like letting you visually see the progress you’re making in therapy, easily switch therapists so you can find the best possible match, and the ability to quickly schedule video sessions according to your therapist’s availability.
One thing we’ve heard from our clients is that you want to know when you’ll get a response from your therapist. Continue reading Introducing Talkspace’s Guaranteed Response Time
Mental health is highly individualized — your depression may not look exactly like your neighbor’s or coworker’s. You may experience anxiety as a tightness in your chest whereas your ex boyfriend lashes out at the closest target. The same goes for treatment. Whether it be types of psychotherapy or medications, what works for one person isn’t necessarily what will be effective for another. While you may do best in individual therapy, your cousin might prefer group therapy, and your parents may need couple’s counseling.
And, although we’re slowly breaking the stigma around sharing our mental health journeys with one another, most of us still find it difficult to open up about our struggles. Just think about all of those weekly recurring “doctor’s appointments” you see on others’ work calendars. Most of us would go to great lengths to not disclose to our employer that we’re dealing with a mental health issue — sometimes for good reason. We worry that our supervisors will lose faith in our abilities, question our toughness, or otherwise penalize us. Consider also how long it takes most of us to let a new partner know about our mental health challenges — no one wants to be thought of as “abnormal.” Continue reading This Mental Health Awareness Month, Share Your Story
We can all agree that being a teenager has always been tough. Hormones are changing, social anxiety has kicked into high gear, and peer pressure is exerting itself from every angle.
But teens today are facing unique challenges. From social media addiction to social isolation, vaping to the opioid epidemic, cyberbullying to gun violence, Gen Z-ers are coming of age in a whole new world. Most concerning, it’s showing up in their mental health.
Continue reading Conference Recap – Mental Health and Young Americans: Breakdown or Breakthrough
Photo by Liz Clayman
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’
As temperatures continue to rise, so does the excitement at Talkspace headquarters!
The second week of June proved to be a really busy one for Talkspace. Not only did we spend two days hanging out at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, we also managed to make our way to Philly Pride, supporting the LGBTQ community in the city of love!
Continue reading Talkspace Takes Over the Northside Festival and Philly Pride