“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!
Jenna Birch – Freelance Writer at Yahoo!
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.
Alexa Curtis – Lifestyle Blogger at Life in the Fashion Lane
The future of therapy is constantly growing to help the people who have addiction issues, need counseling, have body image issues and more. President Obama is coming up with new initiatives to provide more therapy and look at what can be done to prevent these issues and deter people from having to deal with them alone. As of five years ago, insurance companies didn’t want to pay for people to have therapy because they were looking at more traditional medical problems. In the future, insurance companies will have to provide the same care for mental health as they do for surgical and medical problems. There will no longer be discrimination against seeking help, and that will be incredible.
Nicole Amesbury – Head of Clinical Development at Talkspace
Evidence from social relationships research, neuroscience and clinical psychology lead me to conclude that the future of therapy is using technology for a personal approach that champions relationship focus. There is a definite paradigm shift occurring away from specific modalities and techniques. The human brain has evolved in response to social experience, and supportive relationships allow for healing. Delivery of psychotherapy, allowing the client to have liberties to choose how to express themselves through delivery of services and the ability to maintain a long-term, strong working alliance and relationship with a therapist is a great hope for the future of therapy.