Published on: November 3, 2016
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Hi, Kevin Coupe here and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy.
I'm a big fan of technology. I couldn't do what I do without my laptop, iPad and iPhone. I'm a constant user of Amazon and Netflix. I talk to my Echo so much that people are starting to think I'm emulating the movie Her.
But I was reading something the other day about an online service that may take things a little far.
It is called Talkspace, and it is way for people to get online therapy - and unlike psychologists and psychiatrists, Talkspace doesn't go off to the Hamptons for a month during the summer. Some people call it "Speed Shrinking."
The site describes it as "therapy that’s designed to fit with your lifestyle.
Whether you’re on the go or at home, you can access your Talkspace room anytime via your web browser or our mobile app."
Apparently you can send text messages or even videos, and you can pretty much choose a therapist who meets your definition of what your therapist should be - old or young, male or female, or whatever. And you establish a relationship with that therapist, though you never actually meet.
The cheapest option is unlimited texting, no video, and it costs $128 a month. For close to $300 a month, you can have four online video streaming sessions a month, plus texting privileges. I've never been in therapy, thought there are some who have suggested I should be, but that strikes me as pretty cheap. (They say on the sit that insurance won't cover it, but the rates are so low you don't need to use insurance.)
Now, I know I started out by saying that this may take things a little too far ... but even as I talk about it, Talkspace seems a little less outrageous and a little more appropriately disruptive. And maybe for the next generations of people who need therapy, the idea of accessing it conveniently online won't seem weird at all.
After all, online dating used to have a stigma about it. But no more.
And, who would've believed Uber or Airbnb would be such a success? And all they did was disrupt industries badly in need of it.
Why can't the same thing happen to the therapy business?
If I have a problem with that ... well, maybe Talkspace can provide with something to whom I could talk about it.
Stranger things have happened.
That's what is on my mind this morning, and as always, I want to hear what is on your mind.
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