Advocating to make mental health care more easily accessible, online and mobile therapy company, Talkspace provides a therapy platform to its users by means of a smartphone, tablet or desktop.
The company, based in New York City, was founded in 2012 by Oren and Roni Frank. With the support of Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and Dr. Andrew Sekel, PhD as advisors, Talkspace offers psychotherapy from a licensed therapist by way of an app that is available on iPhone and Android.
Talkspace contributor, Ashley Laderer, (www.talkspace.com/blog/2017/09/the-stigma-of-depression) discussed why there is still such a stigma surrounding mental illness, specifically depression.
According to Laderer, there are lots of mistaken beliefs and false impressions about depression. For example, it may be rather noticeable a person is depressed while in another person the depression is not evident at all. She also pointed out depression is a sickness and not a option.
She recommends, whether you experience depression or not, everyone should work together to succeed in unraveling the disgrace associated with the disease.
Licensed professional counselor, Alicia Winkle, who has been working with Talkspace for two years, shared on a blog, (www.talkspace.com/blog/2017/09/meet-therapists-alicia-winkle), she chose to work for Talkspace to assist people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder, such as those who couldn’t depart from their homes because of unease and nervousness.
She also talked about making the most of the platform and how rewarding it is to see the progress clients who have refused treatment or were too fearful to visit a therapist in person benefit from therapy through Talkspace.
Talkspace’s virtual messaging platform connects individuals or couples with licensed therapists. Communication is available 24/7 by way of texting, voice or video calls. All therapists are licensed and the platform includes more than 1,500 therapists.