NEW YORK – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce a new partnership with Talkspace that will provide individuals taking part in its career-focused international exchange programs with complimentary, on-demand access to the global online therapy and counseling platform.
“Experiencing a new culture and living overseas is often a life-changing experience, but we know that it is also not without its challenges,” said Elizabeth Kumbhari, Cultural Vistas Vice President for Professional Exchange Programs. “When you encounter a different way of doing things and are cut off from the cultural cues you know so well at home, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Cultural Vistas is unwavering in its commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of its international program participants, and we are thrilled to add Talkspace to the support services we make available to them as they navigate life away from home.”
“As the first international exchange program to implement an online therapy offering of this kind, Cultural Vistas sets the standard for mental health awareness in its field,” said Lynn Hamilton, Talkspace Chief Commercial Officer. “Talkspace is proud to be partnering with Cultural Vistas and their leadership in ensuring that individuals in international exchange programs have access to convenient online therapy.”
Beginning September 6, active and future participants in Cultural Vistas’ programs received free, unlimited access to professional, personal, and confidential counseling for the duration of their exchange experiences. Talkspace is available as part of the standard health insurance plan for Cultural Vistas participants.
The service offers access to over 1,500 licensed therapists who can help with stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional needs. Talkspace users can engage in counseling with an individual licensed therapist through unlimited text, audio, and video messages in private, secure chat rooms. All communications with therapists are automatically encrypted and protected by patient confidentiality.
Talkspace is a global online therapy platform that connects people with licensed therapists anytime, anywhere. Founded in 2012 with a mission to make therapy more affordable and accessible for all, Talkspace introduced Unlimited Messaging Therapy (™) to provide unprecedented on-demand access to a therapist. By eliminating the stigma, fear, anxiety and cost associated with traditional therapy, Talkspace is making it easy for millions of people to finally be proactive about their mental health. Talkspace also helps employers and organizations provide a higher utilized mental health service for their employees and members. In the United States alone, Talkspace has amassed over 500,000 members with over 1,500 licensed therapists in its network. Learn more about Talkspace at talkspace.com or more about online therapy at talkspace.com/online-therapy/.
About Cultural Vistas
Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society. Cultural Vistas is headquartered in New York with regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Berlin. Learn more at culturalvistas.org.
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