Talkspace CEO Oren Frank Explains Why They Developed A Psychotherapy App

Oren Frank and his wife, Roni, founded Talkspace seven years ago. Their company developed an app that gives users access to psychotherapy. Their goal is to make therapy available to everyone by reducing the barriers to its access. This includes making it both accessible and affordable.

Talkspace stands out because it is both effective and convenient. People use the app to improve their mental health. Oren Frank is the chief executive officer and, under his leadership, their app has helped over a million people get access to a licensed therapist.

He says that they found out the benefits of psychotherapy when they chose to go to a couples therapist. It really helped strengthen their marriage and the result was they are still happily married and now have two children. He says that he feels access to a licensed therapist is a moral right and everyone should be able to use one.

Before founding Talkspace, he was an advertising executive while Roni was a software developer. She ended up studying psychology and they have both used personal therapy for several years. The thought being a therapist was a great profession because of all the benefits it provides to others.

When asked about how he brings ideas to life Oren Frank said they are a commodity. It doesn’t take any time at all to come up with an idea. The trick is to curate, develop, and critique them in a way that is constructive and not negative. He says that people should encourage new ideas in their daily lives while not falling in love with them just because they’re different.

Oren Frank says that he is most productive as an entrepreneur when he approaches things with moderation. He has seen how extreme work culture damages people and it ends up in a company that is less productive rather than more. He says that everyone should be able to work a reasonable number of hours and have free time to spend with their families, doing hobbies, taking vacations, and otherwise enjoying life. This results in people that are happier and more productive when they are working. Read more: