Although many people benefit from talk therapy, not everyone can set aside the time or money to regularly visit a therapist or counselor.
Talkspace lowers those barriers. The app pairs you with a licensed therapist, whom you can talk to via text or video at your convenience.
Instead of sitting down face-to-face for a set time each week, you’ll write to your therapist (or post an audio or video message) in the Talkspace app, whenever and as often as you like. Your therapist will respond to your messages once or twice a day, depending on the plan you’ve subscribed to.
When you launch the app, start by texting with a Talkspace agent, who will determine which of the thousands of licensed therapists on the app’s roster are best suited to help you. Pick one from their recommendations and you’ll work with that therapist for the duration of your treatment, unless you request a change.
These therapists and counselors are trained to help you with a variety of topics and issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, domestic violence, and more. Each professional undergoes an extensive background check before joining Talkspace, so you know you’re getting the best care.
Talkspace not only eliminates the hassle of scheduling but generally costs much less than real-life appointments. The basic subscriptions include one or two replies each day from your therapist; higher-tiered plans include scheduled video chats. Couples therapy is also available.
All of your text chats in the app are encrypted, and the service is anonymous (though you can provide your real name if you wish). Accessing the app requires a password and an additional passcode; you can also log in via Touch ID or Face ID. There are no contracts, so you can cancel your monthly plan at any time.
Telehealth services like Talkspace aren’t a direct replacement for regular in-person therapy sessions. But for busy people who prefer the anonymity and convenience of an app, Talkspace opens a door.