Is Talkspace's Virtual Therapy the Future of Self-Care?

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Since its launch in 2012, online therapy app Talkspace has been making waves as an affordable and alternative way of obtaining mental health counseling from a licensed therapist. Online therapy services have experienced an unprecedented rise in popularity, particularly thanks to their accessibility throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — "It’s been a tsunami," notes psychiatry professor and chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Telepsychiatry Committee Dr. Jay Shore in reference to the marked increase in the prevalence of online therapy sessions since early 2020.

If you’re considering turning to an online format to meet your existing therapy needs — or if you’re considering working with a therapist for the first time — it’s essential to do necessary research to ensure virtual counseling is the right choice for your mental health needs. Talkspace is one well-known option that’s seen plenty of praises and testimonies from influencers and ambassadors; according to its website, more than 1 million users have already signed up for a therapy session. But is virtual therapy really the future of mental health care, and is Talkspace a viable option? Take a deeper look at what science has to say about online therapy, Talkspace's features and the ways virtual therapy differs from in-person sessions.