Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Web Secret 471: the death of in person psychotherapy - part 2
It happened when I noted the sudden proliferation of apps and platforms geared towards a virtual or digital counseling/coaching experience.
I'm talking about you:
Encrypted texting platform
Talkspace - raised 15 million in venture capital. Talkspace for business is invading the world of corporate mental health and EAP.
Online therapy platforms
Cognitive therapy app
joyable.com - also marketing to the workplace
Lantern - raised $17 million in venture capital
Mood tracking app
T2 Mood Tracker - Who is behind this app? The US Department of Defense
Artificial intelligent weight loss coaching app
Sam - powered by IBM's Watson.
And I could have listed dozens more.
People born in 1993 are the last of the Millenial generation. In a couple of years, Gen Z will begin to enter the workplace.
They have never known a world without Facetime or Skype.
So combine money, the US military, IBM, millions of dollars and a growing number of users who are perfectly comfortable with digital media; couple that with a demand for immediate response.
And you have an explosion.
And the old office based clinical model will die.