The Research Behind Talkspace Online Therapy

Traditional psychotherapy has been around since the 19th-century and the benefits are now well established, having been researched over many decades and verified by dozens of studies. Online therapy is much newer, however, and scientific inquiry into its effectiveness is only just beginning to catch up with the technology. 

We’re dedicated to pioneering new ways of delivering life-changing interventions that align with the latest science and established consensus. Not only is it critical to understand the hows and the whys of psychotherapy, but we’re also partnering with experts and researchers from Columbia, Duke, and Yale University to discover who benefits most from online therapy.

The following provides an overview of the latest research into online therapy’s efficacy and how it helps users overcome mental health challenges and live happier lives. 

The Effectiveness of Online Therapy

There has been a surge of interest in online therapy from the scientific community and we’ll update these resources as additional studies are published. The majority of findings show that online therapy reduces the symptoms of mental illness and helps users improve the quality of their lives.
Online therapy is at least as effective as face-to-face therapy
“Online therapy is at least as effective as face-to-face therapy”
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Therapy is effective when delivered online by a therapist - with benefits maintained for more than eight months
“Therapy is effective when delivered online by a therapist - with benefits maintained for more than eight months”
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Online video conferencing reduced psychiatric-related hospitalizations among participating veterans by 25%
“Online video conferencing reduced psychiatric-related hospitalizations among participating veterans by 25%”
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“Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy led to greater satisfaction with treatment than traditional therapy”
“Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy led to greater satisfaction with treatment than traditional therapy”
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ComparING TALKSPACE to Traditional Therapy

Online therapy is not attempting to replace the in-person dynamics between therapists and client. The results of this recent study do, however, show that Talkspace online therapy can be a great fit for many people. In collaboration with a Columbia University researcher, Talkspace published a high-impact study — one of the first of its kind comparing online and brick and mortar therapy — in the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. The study showed Talkspace to be highly effective and comparable to traditional therapy. Talkspace also generated greater satisfaction in terms of its delivery, its accessibility, and affordability compared to traditional therapy.

Effectiveness

80%
thought Talkspace was as effective or more effective than traditional therapy according to the Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health study.

Affordability

88% said Talkspace was more affordable than traditional therapy over a four month period.

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Convenience

98%
thought Talkspace to be more convenient than traditional therapy.

How TALKSPACE Improves Mental Health

Talkspace is committed to advancing the science behind delivering the highest quality mental health care. We’ve teamed with researchers to study how Talkspace Unlimited Messaging Therapy significantly reduces depression and anxiety symptoms. The results of the study on Symptom Improvement and Productivity led by a researcher from Columbia are summarized below.
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Depression 50% drop




Anxiety 57% drop
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Anxiety 57% drop
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In another study partnering with Columbia University on the Treatment Effectiveness of Asynchronous Text Therapy for Depression and Anxiety — also surveying more than 1,800 Talkspace clients — it was found that Talkspace can improve how people cope with depression and anxiety disorders. These clients experienced significant improvement after both short time frames, 1-2 months, and longer time frames, 3-4 months.

How Talkspace Improves the Mental Health and Productivity of Employees

Talkspace can help you become more productive at work, miss less work, and improve your quality of life outside of work. Participants in a Study on Workplace Symptom Improvement and Productivity experienced the following benefits:

Conclusions Are Only The Beginning

We’re devoted to pursuing cutting-edge scientific advances in the delivery of psychotherapy. If you’re a scientist or therapist interested in collaborating on in a research project, please contact our Clinical Research Department.

Talkspace can help improve your

mental health and well-being

- begin a happier path today