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Houston Rules This Entrepreneur Is Revolutionizing Therapy Access
Houstonian Ryan Shwartz, frustrated with how hard it was to find his own therapist, designed a system to reduce the time and stress involved in the process. Difficulty in finding a therapist can prevent people from going to an appointment all together. This website aims to help.
Mental Health Match is a matchmaker service that takes you through a quiz about your needs and wants in order to match you to a compatible mental health provider in your area. Better yet, the matchmaking is free!
Access to therapy gets a little bit easier with this interactive website. Even the option to select Trans or Nonbinary on the gender list has the potential to relax some shoulders. From start to finish, the clickable icons give the user control over their care.
By interviewing both new patients and therapists about their experience and needs, Shwartz was able to get a grasp on what goes into the process from each side of the search. He took that information and formulated a quiz that can help simplify the experience
Inspired by the convenience of dating apps, Shwartz developed a similarly easy-to-use service. Rather than finding a lover, Mental Health Match finds you a therapist (which is far more important). Rather than rolling the dice on a search engine with your zip code, you can find exactly what you are looking for. It’s not exactly swiping, but the idea is there.
This quiz does all the work for you in about 5 minutes of clicking. You select your reasons for therapy and what kind of practices you might be interested in. There’s a diverse array of options that show just how wide the spectrum of mental health care can be. Then, you have the option to select criteria that are important to you in a therapist. And, of course, your budget.
After the quick assessment, you get a map of the city with descriptions of the practitioners that are matched to you. The profiles can include their photo, lists of their specialties, and how they differ from others in their field. This makes comparing and deciding easier for those seeking a therapist.
This service plans to remain free to potential patients by instead charging the therapists a fee to be on the search list (after a free trial). Anybody who’s ever booked a therapist knows that sometimes you have to try 2 or 3 before you get to the one that you have chemistry with. Hopefully, those that use Mental Health Match will have a leg up and shorten the amount of trial appointments!
Therapy is an important part of life, now more than ever. Schwartz even mentions that Houstonians are under a lot of pressure and could benefit from the service. Find out more about yourself and mental health by visiting the website.
Way to represent Houston, Ryan!