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  • Vator

    AI is the future of patient-centered health

    February 23, 2016

    For [Joyable co-founder and CEO Peter] Shalek, he believes the onus on outcomes in digital health is the same as personal health, where helping the patient has to come first.
    ‘We are dealing with something that is tremendously important, and personal to people, and we should come [at] it from a place of ‘you need need to do what works first.’ When we built Joyable...the idea [was to create] something that is truly client-centric, [and] the first client-centric thing to do is help people,’ Shalek said.
  • New York Magazine

    Uber, But for the Mirror Stage: How Mental-Health Apps Are Changing Therapy

    February 22, 2016

    The one particular problem that over-the-internet therapy seems primed to solve is the question of access. Before she started work with Talkspace as a telehealth therapist and then head of Clinical Development, Nicole Amesbury was working in psychiatry practice, hospital counseling, and acute psychiatric care.
    ‘I saw the common problems that were keeping people from getting therapy,’ she said. ‘Stigma, affordability, or they just couldn’t get to the clinic, they couldn’t stay long enough because of the cost.’
  • CBS News

    What to know before you try online therapy

    December 30, 2015

    If you want help dealing with depression or anxiety, but don't have the time or money for traditional counseling or psychotherapy, a number of startups now offer a high-tech alternative. Sign up for one of these sites and you can reach out and communicate with a counselor via Internet, phone or text messages.
    Several small studies have found the approach shows promise for certain patients.
  • Red Alert Politics

    Stressed out? Millennials report social anxiety is making them dread holiday parties

    December 24, 2015

    A new survey from Joyable, an online program that offers coaching to overcome anxiety, found that 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 reported experiencing social anxiety — which is far higher than any other age group. And almost half of that group said holiday parties stress them out.
    Joyable CEO Pete Shalek said increased social anxiety is not exclusively a millennial problem, however millennials ‘bear the brunt of it’ due to increased use of technology.
  • Fortune

    Why Most Millennials Find Holiday Gatherings Stressful

    December 22, 2015

    Christmas gatherings may not be the best time for millennials, with a new study showing that seven out of 10 of them suffer from a form of social anxiety.
  • Refinery29

    3 Ways To Deal With Social Anxiety At Holiday Parties

    December 22, 2015

    And around the holidays, there are a few unique sources of stress: About a third of participants, ages 18-29, said that social events (35%) and family interactions (32%) caused them anxiety.
  • Mobi Health News

    Joyable raises $8M for remote social anxiety coaching and online therapy

    November 19, 2015

    The company says more than 15 million people in the US are affected by social anxiety, and the National Institute of Mental Health has reported that 85 percent of people dealing with it have not received adequate treatment for it.
    Joyable says that's typically because the usual out-of-pocket expenses that traditional treatment would carry can be cost-prohibitive, or there isn't a provider trained to help them in their local area, or because the social anxiety itself makes it difficult to meet with a therapist in the first place.
  • Vator

    Joyable gets $8M to tackle 3rd largest mental health problem

    November 18, 2015

    Since inception, Joyable has worked with thousands of clients. So far, 93% have seen a reduction in anxiety, based on the tests they take on Joyable. Clients pay $99 a month for a three-month service. And the goal for Joyable is that once they take the 12-week course, they've effectively treated their disorder.
  • HIT Consultant

    Mental Health App Joyable Raises $8M to Treat Anxiety, Depression

    November 18, 2015

    The startup hopes to address the staggering 1 in 8 adult Americans who will experience clinical social anxiety in their lifetime.
  • New Scientist

    Can mental health apps replace human therapists?

    November 4, 2015

    Joyable is part of a new generation of computer-based therapies that some think could greatly reduce the burden on mental healthcare providers.
    For Fritz, frequent interactions with a Joyable [coach] were key to her positive experience. He gave her things to read and tasks to do. He was quick to respond to emails when she needed him. ‘I’ve done CBT before and this was so much better,’ she says.
  • The Huffington Post

    6 Startups That (Actually) Make the World a Better Place

    October 16, 2015

    An online service that provides an affordable form of psychotherapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Joyable is a much-needed alternative in a $113 billion mental health industry beset by social stigma, lack of accessibility and dwindling government funding.
    With 45 percent of currently untreated patients citing cost as a barrier, Joyable offers its courses at one-tenth the price of traditional therapy in an attempt to help more people help themselves.
  • San Francisco Business Times

    This Entrepreneur Is Tackling Mental Health in an App

    October 16, 2015

    Fear, stigma and cost shouldn't be barriers to mental health care, yet they often are. Enter Joyable, a new app and connected program that uses cognitive behavior therapy techniques to overcome social anxiety.
  • 7x7

    How to Battle Stress and Improve Mental Wellness With Technology

    October 7, 2015

    With 90 percent of their users reporting a decrease in anxiety from the program at an average decline of 30 percent, the blend of personalization, convenience, and privacy has opened up the space for people to take the time to investigate their mental space.
  • Bustle

    Joyable App For Social Anxiety Strives To Make Mental Health Services More Affordable To The Masses

    September 22, 2015

    Joyable isn’t free, but compared to the cost of in-person therapy, the app’s $239 price tag for a three-month program is relatively affordable. As a profile of Joyable and other online CBT programs in The Atlantic points out, online CBT could also offer greater access to treatment for people living in rural areas where therapists aren’t exactly thick on the ground.
  • Thrivewire

    Joyable Will Help You Overcome Social Anxiety — All Online

    September 21, 2015

    Research shows that the online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works just as well as in-person treatment.
  • PE Hub

    Curing social anxiety with therapy-on-demand

    September 16, 2015

    ‘The online platform is an important new way to approach this kind of therapy because it’s not tied to a specific time of day or place,’ [Michael] Dearing said. ‘You can do it whenever you want, in the privacy of your Internet connection. It doesn’t require an appointment.’
  • The Toggle

    Joyable: An App to Banish Anxiety and Deliver More Joy

    August 11, 2015

    The Joyable program is successful not only because it delivers the CBT method. Its efficacy and likeability also stem from the human touch the coaches bring on board. Most of the coaches have experience coaching or mentoring and are well-versed in the principles of CBT. And all of them are good listeners who patiently hear out a person’s story to understand his situation and show empathy and compassion to put him at ease.
    Clients of the Joyable program report that they feel less stressed and calmer after they interact with their coaches. The coaches also give a personal touch to the program with gestures like sending flowers when their patients undergo any medical procedure at the hospital and communicating with them when a major event takes place in their lives.
  • Fox Business

    Online program to help overcome social anxiety

    July 21, 2015

    One in five American adults suffer from a clinical level of anxiety or depression. Joyable is a company that offers online courses to help people overcome, or at least combat, these illnesses.
  • Refinery29

    Every Introvert Must Read This

    July 20, 2015

    We talked with two experts about how to handle these more difficult conversations [for introverts]... Jill Isenstadt is the head of coaching at Joyable, an app that provides evidence-based mental health resources for people with social anxiety.
  • Bustle

    Do I Have Social Anxiety Disorder? The Social Phobia Inventory, Or SPIN Test, Might Tell You

    July 8, 2015

    The company Joyable, which offers online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help treat conditions like social anxiety disorder, has an incredibly user-friendly version of [the Social Phobia Inventory, a clinically validated social anxiety assessment] on their website.... Head on over to Joyable to take the Social Phobia Inventory yourself.
  • Smithsonian Magazine

    There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety

    June 25, 2015

    People with [social anxiety] are not only crippled by conversations with friends and family, and presentations at work, but also by the idea of speaking to a [therapist] about it. This barrier along with others often prevents individuals from making an appointment with a therapist. In fact, 36 percent of those suffering from symptoms say they have waited ten or more years before doing so.
  • Uncubed

    San Francisco’s Joyable hopes to treat social anxiety through your smartphone

    June 10, 2015

    Thankfully, contemporary anxiety sufferers have access to a suite of remedies – newest among them is San Francisco’s Joyable. The company offers activities and a dedicated coach to help those struggling with social anxiety disorders.
  • The Huffington Post

    Have Social Anxiety? This Startup Is Working To Help You Beat It

    May 14, 2015

    Dozens of studies have also shown that CBT is just as effective online as face-to-face, according to Psych Central.
  • VentureBeat

    Joyable raises $2M, launches app to help people get over their social anxiety

    March 18, 2015

    The model calls to mind massively open online courses from startups like Coursera and Udemy, except that coaches can help you actually finish what you start with Joyable.
    Rather than requiring people to visit their therapists for a long sitting, then, Joyable is allowing people to go through their therapy in very small doses, from anywhere, so long as you have an Internet-connected computer or mobile device handy.
  • Mobi Health News

    Joyable raises $2M for online social anxiety coaching program

    March 18, 2015

    Joyable has developed an online program, based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), that aims to help consumers improve their social anxiety.
  • TechFrag

    Joyable Offers Online Therapy To People Suffering From Social Anxiety

    March 18, 2015

    They aim to make the treatment more accessible, at a fraction of the cost of seeing a therapist in-person.

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