Android Users Can Now Get On-Demand Therapy With ‘Talkspace’

With the onslaught of family dinners fast approaching, you might need it.

Talkspace is now available in the Google Play Store. (Google Play Store)

Talkspace is now available in the Google Play Store. (Google Play Store)

Stressed because your parents, their four dogs and your weird aunt are all coming to stay at your place for the holidays? The app that provides on-demand therapy sessions is now available to a broader range of customers.

Founded in 2012 by Israeli husband-and-wife duo Roni and Oren Frank, Talkspace lets users text with licensed therapists for way cheaper than it’d be to see one in person. Users can either be billed quarterly, at $19 per week, monthly, at $25 per week, or weekly, at $49 per week.

Originally only available for iPhones, the app announced today they’re also available on Android.

In addition to the Android news, they also announced that Metamorphic Ventures have joined their group of investors, bringing their total seed funding to $3.5 million.

“With the new funding, Talkspace aims to bolster its partnerships with enterprises to make therapy an essential and attainable part of company-wide wellness programs,” a press release explained. Looks like they might be joining Lyft in providing some seriously-21st-century job perks.

Talkspace generated buzz last month when they set up see-through inflatable igloos in Madison Square Park, and invited passersby to go in and text with a therapist. The idea, Ms. Frank told us at the time, was to prove there’s nothing to be ashamed of in reaching out for help in regards to mental health.

In becoming available to Android users, Ms. Frank hopes to continue her company’s mission of making therapy more accessible and less stigmatized.

“We founded Talkspace with a mission to normalize therapy and adapt the experience to our lifestyles today,” she said in the release. “Being on mobile has many advantages and launching on the world’s biggest smartphone platform was a natural next step in fulfilling our vision of providing therapy for all.”

Android Users Can Now Get On-Demand Therapy With ‘Talkspace’