Best Overall: Talkspace
- Price: $260 to $400 a month; $125 to $199 for psychiatric services
- Is insurance accepted? Yes
- Communication options: Audio, messaging, phone, video chat
Why We Chose It
Along with providing therapy services for many different issues, including those related to cancer, Talkspace also has a blog dedicated to the problems and difficulties that arise with a cancer diagnosis. A large pool of therapists and being matched with a therapist by a real person rather than an algorithm helps ensure that you will get the best quality online counseling you can.
Pros and Cons
Matched with a therapist by a person, not an algorithm
Multiple subscription plans available
Blog about cancer issues
Talkspace is a large organization that provides online therapy for a wide variety of reasons. When you sign up, a human being (not an algorithm) matches you with several counselors who may fit your needs. You then choose from among the offered therapists. Some counselors provide live (videoconferencing) sessions, whereas others use email, messaging, or text.
Talkspace offers multiple subscription plans, ranging from $260 to $400 a month. The basic plan includes text, video, and audio messaging, but no live video sessions. The next tier plan offers one live video session per month, and the most comprehensive plan includes four live video sessions per month. Psychiatric services are also available, but for an additional cost.
One valuable resource Talkspace offers is its blog, wherein you can find posts and articles related specifically to issues involving cancer, such as how a cancer diagnosis affects your mental health, the value of talk therapy with a cancer diagnosis, and how to provide support for family and friends of those living with cancer.