Modern Therapy is an online mental health care company that provides online clinical talk therapy sessions, allowing students to get mental health care through email, texts and online video sessions.
One in four college students has a diagnosable mental illness. Forty percent of college students do not seek help, 80 percent feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities and 50 percent have become so anxious that they struggle in school, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
These are just a few contributing factors as to why Brandon and Cassie Christensen founded Modern Therapy. The company allows members to get unlimited access to licensed therapists within the state with packages that start at $25 a week. With an online service, a lot of barriers are cut down, according to Brandon.
“We basically allow clients to become members to our service which gives them unlimited access to counseling, and that’s through text, email, phone and video,” Brandon said.
Cassie previously worked at a private practice and noticed that there were many barriers people struggled to overcome. For instance, many people were worried about seeing other people they knew when they went to receive care. The practice Cassie worked at was close to a college, so many students were patients of hers. During breaks at school, these students would not have mental health care access because their home was far from the school.
Also, after their four years of school, many students would move back to their homes and need to find another practice. This sparked the idea to create an online mental health care system so college students could get help whenever and wherever they needed it, according to Cassie.
“It kind of turned into this company that we realized there’s so many needs for it everywhere,” Cassie said.
While many colleges have counseling centers, Brandon said sometimes they have long waiting lists, but with Modern Therapy, students are able to get the help they need as soon as possible. Also, some schools only offer a limited amount of sessions to students, so Modern Therapy would be a way for students to continue to receive mental health care, according to Brandon.
Brandon and Cassie created Modern Therapy last August, and their number of clients has grown quickly.
“I think that telehealth as a field in general, not just even mental health, is going to be the future of health care,” Brandon said. “This is going to be the new normal.”
For more information, visit www.moderntherapy.online.