Thanks to the advent of digital technologies therapists don’t have to work in an office building to help their clients. All that’s needed now, is a screen, a solid microphone, and a solid internet connection.
However, you have to make sure that you find a competitive salary, job benefits, and a working environment to thrive in—even when that environment is digital.
One of the most popular online platforms for therapists is Talkspace.
Below, we’re taking a look Talkspace as a whole, what the company is about, how much Talkspace therapists can make, and what requirements you need to work there.
What Is Talkspace?
Talkspace connects clients to a network of thousands of licensed therapists through a simple, easy to use mobile platform, as well as the through their website. Talkspace offers couples counseling and adolescent therapy, along with prescription fulfillment and other psychiatric services. You can find out more about their services on their website.
Through Talkspace clients connect with therapists through live video sessions. But clients can also send their chosen therapist texts, voice messages, and recorded videos.
The main point of Talkspace? Its’s all online. Therapy from the comfort of home for both therapists and clients. And clients have access to flexible plans to suit their lifestyle, and they can switch providers seamlessly for no extra costs. Therapists also reap the benefits of flexibility.
How Much Do Talkspace Therapists Make?
With Talkspace, you can earn money by conducting live sessions with your clients, and when you have messaging sessions with them. You are also able to earn bonuses for long term client relationships on the network.
According to Talkspace (at the time of this writing), you can expect to earn $67.90 per hour for live sessions: meaning either video, audio or chat. But rates vary. You can choose to work less, at $34.50 for a 30 minute session, or $50.93 for a 45 minute session.
You can also get bonuses for the number of long term active clients on your caseload. Bonuses range anywhere from $100 to $5000. For example, with 5 long term clients, you can get a $100 bonus, which raises to $200 for 10 clients. If you have 30 or 40 clients you can receive $1000 and $2000 respectively.
For messaging sessions, rates are said to be between $24 and $27. However, on average, most Talkspace therapists report getting paid around $21 per hour.
According to OptimistMinds, the salary for those working for Talkspace is around $26,923 a year. Keep in mind that therapists are paid on an hourly basis.
Keep in mind, the total that you can take home every month depends on your workload and how many clients you take on each day. This figure is also affected by how many sessions you participate in. Not every therapist works for Talkspace fulltime.
Talkspace Therapist Requirements
To find Talkspace jobs, take a look at the application page from Talkspace. You can begin working within a week of submitting your application.
There are as you can imagine, some requirements to consider. You will have to complete onboarding and training before starting (primarily about how to use Talkspace), but don’t worry. Each therapist is paired with a mentor to help them.
You will need to have a LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, or PhD in Clinical Psychology. In addition, you need an individual NPI number, professional malpractice liability insurance policy and a fully completed CAQH application.
Of course, you’ll also need a reliable internet connection in order to work efficiently. So if you live on a remote island, or in a deep mountain valley, Talkspace might not be for you.
Perhaps, most importantly, know that when working for Talkspace you are only permitted to work with clients within the state (or states) in which you are licensed.
BetterHelp Vs. Talkspace
Talkspace isn’t the only online therapy company in the business. Another famous one is BetterHelp. The two are in a bit of a fierce competition.
BetterHelp is very similar to Talkspace, in the sense that both platforms match individuals with licensed, accredited therapists for counseling and therapy services. Both platforms are user friendly and easy to use. Individuals can sign up from a phone or computer, and chat with therapists online through messenger, phone, or video calls.
The main difference, as a therapist, is the pay.
BetterHelp, reportedly, pays around $30 per hour, whereas Talkspace pays about $20 per hour. Of course, each therapist’s personal experience will vary, so it’s not very conclusive to pull an average and expect to make the same.