Talkspace is a mobile and online therapy company that provides therapy sessions with licensed therapists through their website and on their iOS or Android app. It was founded in 2012 by husband and wife, Oren and Roni Frank. The idea for Talkspace came after their experience in couples therapy saved their marriage. Talkspace provides the convenience of being able to find a therapist and attend therapy sessions without having to leave your house to go to a office, or having to do the research to find a therapist in your area. Talkspace currently has over 500,000 clients and over 1000 therapists. Talkspace is currently still a privately held company.
Recently Talkspace partnered with Olympian Michael Phelps for a campaign that launched on May 22, 2018. This partnership includes a national TV campaign where Phelps will promote Talkspace and discuss the importance of mental health and his own experiences with mental health and therapy. Phelps admits that he has suffered from anxiety and depression and has “found it so difficult” to get the help that he needed. He says that when he did receive therapy, he found it to be empowering to talk about his issues and wants others to have the same experience. Oren Frank says that he is “pleased to have Michael Phelps join the team” as he believes that “his deep knowledge of the mental health advocacy world” will be “invaluable.”
In addition to Michael Phelps, New Directions Behavioral Health has also partnered with Talkspace. This partnership will allow New Directions customers to be able to access the Talkspace platform through their Employee Assistance Program. This will provide therapy access to employees who are facing work, personal life or relationship challenges. New Directions Behavior Health is a company that provides managed behavioral health services, Employee and Student Assistance Programs, and organizational consulting to private a public health plans and large to medium companies.