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Searching For Online Therapy During Lockdown? Here Are 4 Platforms to Try Now

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We’re living in unprecedented times (it’s worth reminding!), and the pandemic has brought with it much heart aching loss, illness, and loneliness. Most of us need extra support when it comes to navigating all of these changes on top of any personal obstacles we might be facing. Leaning on family and friends via Zoom, or at a safe social distance, is one way of processing things, but calling on a more impartial, expert source of support like a therapist can provide a whole other level of stress relief. And while formerly in-person sessions are happening online, a host of new online therapy services have cropped up too, making appointments more accessible.

“Therapy is beneficial not only for people who are in crisis, but for those who just want to feel happier, more productive, and live up to their full potential,” explains Anna Pagava, head of PR at Calmerry, a brand new virtual therapy company. “In general, therapy is the thing that is often missing from our busy lifestyle. Working to become the best version of yourself requires a lot of self-control, self-knowledge, and hard work, and you can achieve more if you feel well physically and mentally.”

If you’ve been thinking about trying therapy for the first time or are looking to get back into it after a hiatus, it can be hard to know where to start looking. Luckily, there are a plethora of virtual therapy offerings available to make both quarantining and taking care of one’s mental health possible simultaneously. Many of these platforms also include community-based offerings to make the solo days a little bit less lonely. Below, find 4 virtual therapy companies here to help you feel your best.


Calmerry was created during the pandemic in response to its impact on many people’s mental health and well-being. Calmerry recognizes that not just one singular therapy type works for everyone, and they offer both text and video therapy. Sessions also come with a mood tracker, guided journaling prompts, worksheets, and other helpful materials. Clients can choose from weekly or monthly subscriptions.


HealHaus is working to make the wellness community more inclusive. Based in Bed-Stuy and founded by Elisa Shankle and Darian Hall, HealHaus offers yoga and meditation classes along with therapy sessions and other healing workshops. Their teletherapy offerings are for New York-based individuals and range from individual therapy to couples and family therapy. They work with your financial situation by offering sliding scale rates.


Real, which is run by founder and CEO Ariela Safira alongside Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nina Vasan, is a therapy company with a mission to make mental wellness an essential part of daily life. They offer group mental health sessions easily accessible through your phone or computer. With their Real 10 app, clients are able to check-in with themselves and assess mood, anxiety and energy levels. Therapists help clients to track their progress as well. With a membership, you can attend mental health-oriented events, roundtable discussions with other members, and tune into audio and video sessions (like journaling prompts), to supplement your therapy sessions.

DRK Beauty Healing

DRK Beauty is an online platform founded by Wilma Mae Basta and Danielle Jackson that provides a space for women of color to celebrate their beauty through articles centered on wellness, mental health and other lifestyle-oriented matters. Their therapy extension, DRK Beauty Healing, helps to provide free therapy to women of color in the U.S. Through their directory, they work to match you with local therapists that can chat with you as your schedule permits.


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