The availability of smartphones has affected the interpersonal relations as well as how people get themselves around and engage with the world. Some of us may get miserable from too much connection to the world and suggestions by a recent South Korean study argue that 10% of internet-using teens risk depression. The results may be able to expound further on the proliferation of mental health professional online services like Talkspace. These e-therapy platforms are enabling people to get help without visiting the normal therapist offices within the city.
E-therapy is offering platforms such as Skype-esque videos and phone calls that are more instant. Talkspace app claims to have engaged more than 500,000 users. Talkspace recently entered a deal with Magellan Health to enable patients to get on-demand psychotherapy that is being provided by Talkspace. Among the many benefits of online therapy is the instantaneous interactions and also asynchronous since the patient can choose how engaged she is.
Talkspace is a company that offers online therapy. It was started by Oren and Roni Frank in 2012. It is based in New York City. The inception of Talkspace was inspired by couple’s therapy that saved Oren and Roni Frank’s marriage. It began as a group therapy platform but has evolved to offer online psychotherapy. Unlimited Messaging Therapy Platform enables users to engage with therapists via unlimited texting found on their website or mobile app. The platform also allows the sending of video and audio messages between therapists and their clients.
Talkspace introduced a 12-week program dubbed Social Media Dependency aimed at addressing mental health issues that emanate from social media use. It has been received positively, and users have lauded the audio-visual conversations calling it a much needed mental health alternative. Talkspace app utilises the iOS and Android operating systems.