64. My Online Therapy
The virtual psychology clinic that’s breaking down mental health barriers
Founders: Elettra Bianchi Dennerlein, Dr Elena Touroni, Vasileios Touronis, Dr Tom Pennyback
While the awareness of mental health issues in the UK continues to steadily increase, visiting a therapist for support is still an almost unimaginable step for many people. Cost, social stigma, and accessibility continue to be key stumbling blocks for many people struggling with their mental health.
However, by offering private online sessions at a lower cost than seeing an in-person therapist, My Online Therapy is breaking down all these barriers in a drive to help tackle the nation’s mental health crisis.
Founded by Elettra Bianchi Dennerlein, Dr Elena Touroni, Vasileos Touronis and Dr Tom Pennyback in 2018, My Online Therapy is a straightforward, transparent provider of mental health support. Following an initial online questionnaire, users are matched based on their needs with a qualified and experienced psychologist, and, after a 30 minute taster session, move on to a programme of regular virtual appointments.
These appointments are delivered via video chat or text live chat, depending on what the user feels most comfortable with. Another option is daily coaching, where the therapist will respond once a day Monday to Friday, and the user can get in contact whenever they need support. All these options have fixed fees, which are the same for all therapists on the platform.
With a strong commitment to professional standards, My Online Therapy offers all the benefits of a private therapy clinic in your home, and is poised to play a key role in helping the UK to address its mental health issues. With a growing user-base and high profile support from brand ambassador Professor Green, we have high hopes for this startup and the impact it can have.