Talkspace is the most inexpensive and convenient way to get access to a licensed therapist. By using this online app, clients can be matched up with a professional that fits his or her therapy needs. When applying for the service, the client will have a chat with a Matching Agent so that their individual needs can be assessed, then they can choose a payment plan. The affordable payment plans start at $32 a week and are no higher than $49 per week.
Included in the payment packages are text, video and audio messaging, and 1 or 2 check-ins with a therapist a day. In the $49 plan, a monthly live 30 minute session with a therapist is included. A client can message their personal therapist anytime and get a response 1 to 2 times a day. And if the client feels like he or she needs more time with the therapist, a videochat can be scheduled.
Talkspace was founded in 2012 by Oren and Roni Frank and is based in New York. There are over 1500 licensed therapists in their network. The service is not covered by insurance, due to the fact that the fees are so reasonable. There are also Talkspace gift cards that can be purchased for friends or family members who may also want to use the service. Clients are able to switch therapists if they choose to, and the service can be cancelled at any time.
All communication that takes place while the client is using the app is securely encrypted and stored, and the therapists honor strict professional codes when it comes to protecting client confidentiality. So, Talkspace offers the same type of service that someone would find in a traditional therapy setting, but in a more personalized, convenient and effective way, and at a much more reasonable price.