Michael Phelps has been on top of the sporting world on many occasions. The 23-time Olympic gold medal winner knows what it’s like to win and have success. He knows as much as anyone that even the strong can go through common problems such as anxiety and depression. That is why he has partnered with Talkspace, the leading company in online therapy, to help to bring mental health treatment to our fingertips.
For Phelps, the reasons to partner with Talkspace are simple, yet noble: to endeavor to bring affordable and easily accessible mental health treatment to everyone with an internet connection. The shared goals of Talkspace and Phelps are to remove the stigma which surrounds mental health issues. When he was dealing with depression and anxiety it was difficult at first to find the help he needed, at least at first. “As I started opening up and talking about my issues, I felt strength, not vulnerability” Phelps said in the joint announcement with Talkspace.
What is unique about Talkspace is the accessibility. Users of the platform can trade messages with their therapist whenever they are nearby their smartphone, tablet or computer. The therapists are screened and licensed, and the encrypted conversations which unfold are safe and confidential. There’s oversight from industry professionals as well as researchers from the top universities and health care centers.
The company has been around since 2012 and was founded by Oren and Roni Frank. They have taken the process of professional therapy and brought it out of the traditional space and into the online world. What is a typical day in the life of a Talkspace therapist?
Talkspace therapists can sometimes have day jobs, but that doesn’t get in the way of helping others through the company. Employees can attend to clients in the mornings before work, in the evenings after dinner, on their lunch hour or anywhere between. It’s a company which offers flexibility for both clients and the professionals which make up the core of the company. That brings happiness to client and therapist alike.