Traditionally, therapy has been something that has involved going to an office somewhere. The choice of therapists has been limited by geography, finances and, potentially, other considerations. Depending on the situation, privacy may be a concern. Seven years ago, though, things changed.
In 2012, Oren Frank co-founded Talkspace with his wife Roni Frank. It was a drastic shift from his previous career in advertising and marketing. With Talkspace, the pair created the mobile therapy website and app as a way to bring “therapy to all.” It was designed to remove barriers that may have impeded people’s willingness or ability to engage in a more traditional therapy platform.
With Talkspace, clients have access to more than 5000 licensed therapists. They can access therapy any time of day or night- whenever is convenient for them. The service was designed to be private, affordable, and accessible. Read more on Wikipedia.
Since its founding seven years ago, Talkspace has served the needs of more than a million people. The service has also attracted the attention and backing of a noted name from the sports world. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who credits therapy with the fact that he is still alive, has thrown his support behind the mobile therapy service. Phelps has shared his own struggles with mental health, including bouts of depression.
As the head of a mobile therapy service, it is perhaps not a surprise that Oren Frank is a firm believer in the ability for technology to better society. His website has already laid claim to helping more than one million people to date to feel happier. It is Frank’s ambition that the therapy service reach even more people in the coming years. As his Huffington Post profile highlights, he is trying to make therapy affordable and accessible to a billion people in need with Talkspace.