Talkspace and Michael Phelps are Fighting the Stigmas and Stereotypes of Mental Health

Talkspace is an online therapy service that recently announced a partnership with Olympic Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps. Phelps, a popular athlete, has been open about his struggles with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Even in his professional heyday, Phelps was battling against his issues behind the scenes. He says that therapy helped him immensely, and that he found great strength in opening up and asking for help. He wants to encourage others to do the same if they need to, teaming with Talkspace to help spread his story in an attempt to dispel some of the stigmas in our society surrounding mental health issues and seeking therapy.

With its service, Talkspace turns any online-capable device into a weekly therapy session. Clients have several service plans to choose from, all of them priced below the average cost of a therapy session in an office. At the mid level, the client can text their therapist at their leisure and get 1 or 2 responses a day, five days a week, with the therapist responding during set windows of time.

Clients can “meet” their therapists through the Talkspace website, viewing profiles and seeing the qualifications and experience of prospective therapists. Though Talkspace uses an assessment to try and place a client with the best choice of therapist, the client is free to ask for a new one at any time, ensuring they have the same level of choice in their treatment as a patient at an office does.

Studies have shown that while the traditional therapy model is successful for many people, there are some people that it does not or can not reach. Some people don’t have access to therapy, or don’t have mental health covered by their insurance. Some people simply don’t want to enter a doctor’s office, for various reasons. Whatever the case, Talkspace is trying to find an alternative that works for as many people as possible. Using the connected nature of modern technology, they offer a service used by over a million individual clients, meaning many people are responding positively to the Talkspace therapy model.

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