Along with his wife, Oren Frank founded Talkspace, a revolutionary online platform for connecting licensed therapists with people seeking therapy, in 2012. Since that time, Talkspace has made it possible for over half-a-million people to participate in therapy sessions, many living in remote areas and reduced circumstances who would not have had the opportunity to do so otherwise.
Oren Frank came to Talkspace following many successful years in the advertising industry where he pioneered a number of initiatives that helped his clients harness the power of the Internet. At one point, he and his wife sought marriage counseling from a therapist, and it benefited both of them enormously. From that experience, Oren got the basic idea of using digital technology to make therapy more affordable and accessible than ever before.
A key component in Oren Frank’s mission is trying to get rid of the stigma that often surrounds the discussion of mental health issues in American society and elsewhere. He believes that a lot of this stigma comes from ignorance as well as from fear and that people need to talk more about mental health even if doing so makes them uncomfortable.
Oren Frank says that mental health should be approached just like physical health. If you have a heart condition, for example, you would go to a medical doctor to figure out how to treat it. By the same token, if you’re suffering from depression, obsessive-compulsion or some other mental disorder, you should seek out a qualified therapist to deal with it. He notes that people, like himself, who have worked with a therapist and benefited from it often are very good about recommending the same process to others in need.
A bad situation
When he was researching the market for Talkspace, Oren Frank was shocked by how many people who could benefit from talk therapy did not have access to it. Accordingly, he has made it his life’s work to try and improve the situation. He would like to see more “safe spaces” in society where people in mental anguish can speak up about their problems without being harshly judged, and he would like to see more education on the subject of mental health in the school system. Having said that, he also believes that the individual needs to take a proactive approach to recognizing their own conditions and then fixing them. Read more: https://www.talkspace.com/blog/author/oren-frank/