I frequently share my experiences with therapy in hopes of normalizing the practice of going to therapy. Through my Carefree Black Girl and Counseling series, I discussed how each therapy session taught me tips and tools for dealing with bouts of depression and general anxiety disorder.
After moving to a very rural area in central California, I, unfortunately, lost access to the option of a traditional therapist. After a year without therapy, I realized that I was really impacted by the inability to update my ‘mental health tool kit’ with ways to deal with new stressors and triggers in life. After spending weeks looking for a traditional therapist with no luck, I opted for using Talkspace. I share my initial thoughts and explain the intake process of Talkspace here.
At the beginning of my experience with Talkspace I overlooked some of the issues I had with the app because I really really needed to talk to someone. After the first three months of using Talkspace, I began to get out of a really chaotic situation and depressive bout. My Talkspace therapist was helpful throughout the three months of me using the app, but there were times where I became disappointed with some of my therapist suggestions. At times the advice was very generic and did not consider my race and/or gender when offering tips on how to deal with work dilemmas.
The deciding factor in my decision to end Talkspace was the price. Over the three months that I used the app the cost was increased. Paying $200 monthly for just text therapy, no option for video chats, was being to add up quickly. I’m somewhat disappointed in the hype around the app because it gave me high expectations that were never truly met. I think if the app truly wanted to provide therapy “for the way we live today” they would look offer students pricing and low-income tiers. Talkspace is truly a great resource, but access is very limiting. I don’t know many people living on a student income that can afford $600 for therapy across three months.
If you’re looking for therapy, I would suggest finding a more traditional route. I think therapy is great and that everyone can benefit from therapy; I just don’t believe that going to therapy should become a financial burden.
Check out Therapy for Black Girls across social media platforms if you’re looking to find a therapist and other resources.
With love, Breanna