Therapy is essential to many people who are struggling, but it isn’t always easy to get. Time restraints and the expense of traditional therapy keep it inaccessible to many people.
Talkspace is an app that could change that; bringing your therapist to your phone or computer, contactable on your time, at any location. This could be especially helpful for busy parents who have trouble finding childcare for appointments. Being able to connect with a therapist from home, without paying for a babysitter on top of the cost of the therapy could potentially be life saving.
To use the app you go through a process not unlike that you would with traditional therapy, except that they use your information to match you with the best therapist for you, instead of you having to spend time and money going to several to find the perfect fit.
Whether or not your therapist knows who you really are is completely up to you. This is helpful for people who desire to remain anonymous for various reasons. You can speak your mind without worrying about any judgement.
In person therapy is sometimes filled with long silences, wasting an entire session not knowing what to say, but still having to pay for it. With Talkspace, the same monthly payment applies no matter how often you use the service. There is time to form your thoughts properly, instead of having to respond right in the moment.
While there are downsides to using an app for therapy, there are many benefits that can be seen for a variety of people. It’s ultimately up to you to decide if you’d rather meet in person with a therapist, or having one linked to your phone would be better for your needs. In some cases, utilizing both might be an option.