Everyone needs help sometimes, even rock star Olympic athletes. Michael Phelps, the decorated Olympic swimmer, has opened up about his longstanding struggle with depression. In October 2018, Phelps was the keynote speaker at the third annual Talkspace conference in New York. Talkspace is a text therapy app that helps make therapy more affordable and accessible to more people. Sessions are conducted with a licensed, verified therapist who is matched with the patient based on their needs and profile. Michael Phelps is an advisory board member and shareholder with Talkspace. Read more reviews at talkspace.com
Michael Phelps credits counseling with saving his life. In an interview with MensHealth.com, he admitted that his mental health needs are ongoing, but that, thanks to therapy, he is better able to manage and respond to these challenges. Roughly six million American men struggle with depression every day, according to Men’s Health, yet not enough of them are getting the help they need. There’s still a lingering stigma that men who are struggling with their emotions are weak, but Michael Phelps’ openness and honesty may begin to help change that. Talkspace provides clinical services for all kinds of people, from LGBT individuals to army veterans. As part of his partnership with Talkspace, Phelps helped the company launch Talkspace for Teens, a Talkspace service specifically for adolescents.
Talkspace for Teens isn’t the only groundbreaking service Talkspace now offers. According to its website, the company also now offers Social Media Dependency Therapy, the first therapy program of its kind devoted to helping people manage and respond to what they see on social media.
Talkspace frequently makes headlines, as indicated by its Crunchbase profile. The company was recently profiled in HiTechChronicle in an article discussing the services that Talkspace provides through its platform. According to HiTechChronicle, Talkspace not only provides therapy services; advice is also available from its staff therapists on the Talkspace blog.
Canines have been faithful and loyal companions for centuries. Canines are highly trainable to assist individuals with disabilities, work as protection animals, and calmly assist others through seizures, anxiety, or panic attacks. Studies have proven that canine assistance animals have the ability to help individuals, especially children open up and discuss issues that are bothering them all while focusing on the canine partner.
Jack, the newest member or Roseann Bennett’s team, had been chosen by Roseann Bennett for his promising, calm demeanor earlier this year. There is a lot of training that needs to be completed for Jack to be an official therapy assistance animal. Jack just completed a rigorous two week course in obedience training this past summer and continues to take training. Jack is also living with the Bennett’s and learning to interact with the Bennett’s child so that he can assist in children’s therapy. The addition of Jack to the Center will not be replacing any therapies, but will be used to enhance current therapies. Go Here for related Information.
The Center for Assessment and Treatment was started by both Bennett’s as a way to treat those patients with mental health issues who might not be able to otherwise afford treatment or whose insurance only covers certain services. The Center was started by the Bennett’s with their own money and still operates through private funds. Roseann firmly believes that treatment plans should not be dictated by insurance plans or what is covered/ not covered. Roseann recently incorporated “Canine Assisted Therapy” in the Center’s innovative approach to mental health issues.
Before founding the Center, Roseann had over ten years’ experience in offering home therapy services to families and individuals in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a MA in Psychological Studies and an EdS in Marriage and Family Therapy.