NEW YORK, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Talkspace (www.talkspace.com), the global leader in online therapy, announced today the launch of Talkspace Live Video, a new offering that makes high-resolution, real-time video and voice calls available to Talkspace therapists and subscribers. Through Talkspace's Live Video, subscribers can schedule 30-minute live video or audio sessions with their therapists or opt in to the new Unlimited Messaging Therapy Plus and LiveTalk plans, which include live sessions each month.
LiveTalk Online Therapy adds to the company's well-known Unlimited Messaging Therapy program, which provides access to a licensed therapist via text and asynchronous audio, photo, and video messages. The introduction of live sessions to Talkspace's online therapy platform is a response to rising consumer demand for accessible and convenient therapy.
"Talkspace users begin the online-therapy process through text messaging, but as the patient-therapist relationship develops, many people are requesting more options for communicating with their therapist," said Roni Frank, co-founder of Talkspace.
With the goal of continuing to make it easier for patients to connect with therapists securely, discreetly, and with confidence that their health information is safe, Talkspace now offers the most feature-rich experience for people who prefer online therapy.
"The video calling feature, which feels like Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangouts but is provided via a secure platform, lets people have a virtual face-to-face experience with their therapist– once they're ready," said Frank. "While many people have embraced anonymous text-based therapy, we want to provide options for people who want to see their therapist. Talkspace's Live Video, as well as the new plans including video sessions, are a great example of our commitment to making therapy accessible to all."
The new LiveTalk Online Therapy plan starts at $69/week, which includes Unlimited Messaging Therapy and four live video or audio sessions per month.
Talkspace's Live Video programs are powered by Agora.io, a provider of HIPAA compliant video services.
More information about Talkspace Live Video can be found here: https://www.talkspace.com/online-therapy/live-video-therapy/
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Talkspace connects people with licensed therapists through its web and mobile apps. As the leading online therapy company, Talkspace revolutionized mental health care access by bringing the dialogue between therapists and their clients into the digital age. Founded with a mission to eliminate the stigmas associated with mental illness and to make therapy more available to millions of people, Talkspace's flagship product, Unlimited Messaging Therapy™, has already been used by more than 300,000 people. For more information, please visit https://www.talkspace.com.