2 MIN READ | Clinical Psychology

What Is Text Therapy?

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2018, August 4). What Is Text Therapy?. Psychreg on Clinical Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/text-therapy/
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Reports reveal that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, for instance, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

While these are alarming statistics on mental health, it is great to learn that there are new forms of therapies that emerge that could potentially help us with our mental health issues. However, most of these therapies are delivered face-to-face.

Reports from both England and Wales suggest that approximately 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment. Medication is reported as the most common type of treatment for a mental health problem. 

Meanwhile, our smartphones has revolutionised how we interact with people, engage with the world, and get ourselves around. Taking into account the mental health issues and technology, the good news is that there is a text-based therapy where you have an ‘asynchronous’ text chat with a licensed therapist.

Talkspace is a pioneer in this online therapy app. One of the key features of this app is that it’s free of the facial expression or voice intonation that you’d get from interacting with a person – the therapist’s words may make you feel like you were talking to one of those chat robots. But because it’s asynchronous, you actually have time to think through your response before and while writing it out.

Some people may find the extra time to think and craft their response useful, whereas in talk therapy you don’t have time to think, you just have to respond in real time.

Talkspace is increasingly becoming popular, with some sources citing that it is growing 70–80% faster than projected since 2016. The company offers counselling on relationship, anxiety, parenting, and a range of other issues. 

All of their therapists are licensed and background-checked. Your therapist won’t judge you, and the same privacy rules apply as if you were at a traditional therapy office.

Talkspace has many therapists that can help you with depression, anxiety, and the challenges of being part of the LGBT community or a veteran, and more. They have the ability to understand what you are going through and to help you make positive change in your life.

With Talkspace online therapy, anyone can get therapy without travelling to an office – and for significantly less money than traditional therapy. Customer support is also available to help answer non-clinical questions about how Talkspace works.


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He is also the editor-in-chief of Psychreg Journal Psychology, and writes a weekly column for Free Malaysia Today

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