Popular App Talkspace Provides Mental Health Via Text

Walk by any bus stop or stand in line at your favorite coffee shop and it will strike you – everyone is looking down at their phones. To date, these phones have certainly helped us get better directions or look up what the most popular song was in 1992 (it was “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men). But the smart phone has, in many ways, not helped improve our quality of life.

Enter Talkspace.

professional. After signing up with Talkspace you are paired with a counselor or therapist who will use text messaging, email, even video chat to provide counseling nearly around the clock. Starting at around $25 a week, you can customize how much interaction you need and have confidence you’re working with a licensed professional.

The therapists are all licensed in the regions the clients come from, but they are allowed to expand their service footprint beyond just the city they work in. It provides another revenue stream for these professionals while still providing a service to the clients who may feel more comfortable talking by email or text, or who may have anxiety meeting in a therapist’s office.

Feedback about the service has been positive and a great example of putting the “smart” back in smartphone.