Valentine’s Day means love is in the air; and what better way to surprise your sweetheart than with the gift of an on-demand couples’ therapy session from your smartphone?
Yes, you read that right. As the New York Observer’s Innovation blog reports, the Web-based, on-demand therapy service Talkspace is now offering Internet-based couples’ therapy sessions just in time for the year’s most saccharine holiday.
The service, which you can access from your computer, through text, or via the company’s iOS and Android apps, is actually rather impressive, as it gives downloaders access to fully licensed therapists who are available to speak 24 hours a day.
So if the love of your life is getting on your nerves because he bought you a couples’ therapy package for Valentine’s Day, you can easily reach out for professional help.
Sessions can last as long as they need to. The service costs $149 for one month or $399 for three months. Insurance does not cover the service quite yet.
In an interview with the Observer, Talkspace co-founder Roni Frank explained that couples may appreciate the fact that the service doesn’t require them to rush to appointments, and can help eliminate the tension of discussing matters face-to-face.
And if you’re nervous about some perceived stigma of participating in therapy (it’s 2015 — there shouldn’t be any stigma), you’ll be happy to know that it can be completely anonymous.
The service is somewhat reminiscent of the Crisis Text Line, a free texting service that offers “24/7 emotional support for those in crisis” via SMS. The service has won praise and was the recent subject of an excellent and lengthy profile in the New Yorker.
Talkspace does point out that its service isn’t a replacement for full-on, in-the-flesh therapy, but rather helps people deal with specific problems at their leisure. If during your sessions your therapist thinks there are more serious issues at play, he or she may direct you to seek out a real-life clinical therapist.
If you’re interested in trying Talkspace, check out its site at Talkspace.com.