Our Favorite Online Therapy Platforms
From a worsening climate crisis and an ever-evolving Covid-19 pandemic to rising costs due to inflation — plus, life’s everyday stressors — we’re all dealing with a lot right now. So it makes sense that for the majority of us (87 percent), anxiety is a constant.
With anxiety saturating America, mental health support is more essential than ever. And one upside of the shift to a more virtual world is the prevalence of online therapy platforms, which are finally giving people access to high-quality care from the comfort of their homes.
Not only is online therapy a great option for those who live in remote areas, it has also become a precious resource on days when anxiety and stress become overwhelming. No matter what you’re struggling with, you’re not alone. Enjoy peace of mind and mental health support from vetted professionals with these online therapy platforms that meet you where you are.
If you’re a texter (who isn’t), Talkspace could be a great fit. With an emphasis on messaging therapy, this online therapy platform gives you 24/7 access to your therapist with unlimited text, video, and audio messaging. While therapists may take some time to respond, Talkspace is all about access — and you can always schedule a live session when your thumbs get tired. Don’t just take our word for it: studies like the one conducted by the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 80 percent of individuals found Talkspace as effective or more effective than traditional therapy.
After its founders, including the former Medical Director of Hims, experienced the all-too-familiar pain points of therapy — like expensive consultations and long wait times for an initial appointment — they decided to take things into their own hands and create Cerebral. In addition to standard talk therapy, this platform also knows mental health can be chemical — in certain states, licensed prescribers can give you Rx options for antidepressants or other necessary medications. It’s affordable, too. The subscription is $30 per month, plus a copay of approximately $25-30 per visit, depending on how often you want to have sessions. Before signing up, check if your insurance will cover the platform’s mental health services to save even more.
More than two million people access therapy through BetterHelp, the largest online therapy platform with more than 15,000 therapists available to link arms with you in your mental health journey. Care about credentials? Take their matching quiz to find the best therapist for you out of their pool of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and board licensed professional counselors. Whether you are chatting online, talking on the phone, or video chatting with your therapist, the platform is flexible to your needs, all for approximately $60 to $90 a week.