Talkspace is a virtual company providing mental health services via the internet. Talkspace provides individuals the ability to use their cell phone, computer, or tablet to access care from anywhere. Founded in 2012, the Talkspace has attempted to keep up with the technology area and change the way individual receive mental health services. With such an innovative way for clients in need of care mental health services, looking to find a therapist in real-time, it is no wonder Michael Phelps has chosen to join their team. Michael Phelps is a five-time Olympian and considered one the most decorated of all time, holding an Olympic record with 28 metals in swimming. Phelps, who struggles from depression and anxiety, serves on the board of director of Talkspace and has high hopes of helping the company fight the stigma associated with mental health.
In the article, “A Day in the Life of a Talkspace Therapist”, provides an in-depth look at the role of the virtual therapist, how they provide services to their client’s and how they manage their own lives and mental health. The therapist interviewed in the article, Melissa Moreno, discussed her need to be in a good mental space when providing services to clients on Talkspace. Moreno stressed that, even for as a therapist, there is a need for her to engage in self-care, have balance her personal life, and support her family. In addition, Moreno discussed the benefits of working for Talkspace and how the company provides therapists an opportunity to escape from the traditional 9-5 job and have the flexibility to work their hours from home. Another therapist, Samantha White, discussed how her own therapy, after thoughts of suicide, motivated her to provide counseling to others. As someone who has been in the shoes of her clients, Whites appreciates being able to help people at any time of day, in the comfort of their own home.
Overall, virtual mental health services are beneficial and needed, as shown by the success of Talkspace.