In response to feedback from you - our residents and fellows, the SMHS has recently updated our account with Talkspace! Moving forward you can send text, video, and pictures messages to your therapist and schedule four 30-minute live video appointments per month. (Per Month is calculated from the first time you use your live video session) This additional service comes at no cost to you, the SMHS residents and fellows.
New Users: Please read the instructions before you register for Talkspace. Then go to www.talkspace.com/gwu and input your GW email address (do not use your MFA email address). After you have finished registering and have been matched with your therapist you have the opportunity to schedule an optional 10-minute live video introduction session to get you started.
Current Users: If you have already signed up for Talkspace, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to get transferred over to the new plan which includes the added functionality of 4 (30 minutes) live video sessions per month.
Talkspace Frequently Asked Questions
- How am I matched with a therapist? Through a brief questionnaire, Talkspace’s algorithm will give you three therapists to choose from who they think will be the best fit for your needs.
- Am I able to change therapists? Absolutely, but please give your current therapist some time to build a relationship with you. If you still feel the need to change, the process is simple! Just follow the steps laid out by Talkspace.
- Will I be charged for anything related to this service? You will not be charged for anything! If for some reason you get a message saying you will be charged please send us an email and we will look into it for you. Please do not pay for anything!
For additional details on how you may benefit from this service, please email/call the GME office or visit Talkspace FAQ.
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If You’re Having Thoughts of Suicide
The Colonial Health Center (CHC) understands that suicide can affect anyone, at any time, for any reason. We also believe suicide is preventable. If you are thinking about suicide call us now - 202-994-5300 (press option 2). We have counselors available 24 hours a day, every day.
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