Talkspace has a series called “Meet Our Therapist” in which access is granted to their mental health therapists. Alicia Winkle is a licensed counselor in Alabama. She has been a therapist for five years and with Talkspace for two years. She initially pursued a degree in nursing but changed to psychology after dropping out of school for a semester due to anxiety problems. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a masters in Community Counseling. She became interested in Talkspace after her boss sent a link to her about the platform. She liked the idea of helping people from distance. She specializes in anxiety and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
According to Ashley Laderer there is still a misconception about depression. It is commonly thought that people who suffer from it are crazy and cant function normally in society. She aims to change this inaccurate perception. She also feels that society as a whole to include the media, family, friends, and employers contribute to this problem. It is estimated that over 16.1 million people in the United States suffer from depression. She feels that the stigma associated with the condition can actually make the condition worse because people may be embarrassed to get help. She feels that by joining together as a society and getting educated on the disease, the misconceptions can be eliminated.
Talkspace is much cheaper than traditional therapist where a single session can cost hundreds of dollars per session. Talkspace cost only $25 a week. They also offer the flexibility of therapy from distance in the privacy of your home with complete autonomy. The care of the clients comes first and they have a highly qualified staff with ongoing training.
Talkspace provides innovative therapy through text chat. The platform allows clients to share media such as videos, audio and pictures. If not satisfied with a therapist, a new one can be easily requested.