WASHINGTON (PRWEB) October 19, 2020
WithTherapy, an intelligent matching system that pairs patients with therapists, is changing the way society can protect their mental health. “The CDC has reported that more than one in three adults in the US has shown anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms during the pandemic,” states Dr. Brad Brenner, psychologist and one of the founders of WithTherapy.
Thankfully a group of mental health experts working across the US knew the importance of creating a single website to address this urgent problem and COVID-19 was the right time to launch it. Answering that call, WithTherapy was created to pair people with expert mental health professionals who are an ideal match for them and their personal needs.
As the latest and most comprehensive way to search for a therapist that meets patient needs, the WithTherapy platform changes how people find and connect with therapists to improve their mental health. Crucially, it sets up each patient-therapist match for success on their therapy journey.
What makes WithTherapy different than competitors:
They’re Listening. Much like a therapy session, WithTherapy begins with a thoughtful conversation. Partnered with that is an adaptive matching algorithm, tested for 5 years in therapy practices in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and New York City. True inclusivity -- hearing what makes each patients’ story unique -- is considered from the start and used to match each patient with the right therapist.
They Find The Right Therapist For You. Traditional directories list pages -- sometimes hundreds of pages -- of therapists. Not only is that overwhelming, but it also drains motivation to find assistance. To correct this relic of the past, WithTherapy provides direct guidance. Patients are guided through a conversation to uncover the right therapist for their current struggles.
They Know Who’s Available For An Appointment. Anyone who’s tried to schedule an initial appointment with a therapist knows that lost time, frustration, and dead-ends are the norm. WithTherapy recognized this glaring problem with mental health care in the US. So instead of guessing about availability, patients can instantly request an appointment time that’s right for them.
The Matching Journey:
WithTherapy is the most personalized and straightforward way to search for a therapist that adapts to meet every patient’s needs.
The pairing begins with a carefully designed set of questions that power the meticulously-built intelligent matching system. Included are patient demographics and appointment time preferences.
For example, someone might be searching to meet with a female therapist on Thursday afternoons. Unique to the WithTherapy platform is the ability for patients to guide their search for their desired therapist regarding their gender identity, race, and sexual orientation as well as questions about the therapist’s therapy style.
This adaptive chat-based interview system ensures that WithTherapy’s platform sets up those searching for help with the best chance for success by connecting patients with what will hopefully be a lasting, trusted relationship with their therapist.
Therapist Giving Back:
Just as patients can sign up to use WithTherapy, therapists also sign up to join and offer availability to patients. In addition, therapists are asked about their desire to provide free emergency mental health support to those in need. The criteria for a patient to receive this complimentary care are the following:
- Patient that is a COVID-19 healthcare professional/front line worker
- Patient fighting/experiencing racial injustice
- Patient is struggling with one of the other intense challenges of 2020
Overall, WithTherapy was created by a team of mental healthcare professionals who understand that generally, people want help, but there are so many obstacles preventing them from accessing that help. WithTherapy is the solution that was built on decades of experience from its founders. This therapist search platform was created to be compassionate, inclusive, and simply useful.
WithTherapy was co-founded in 2020 by a group of licensed therapists, who despite being in different locations across the U.S., were very much in sync about their drive and passion to improve the mental health and mental healthcare of their communities.