June 24, 2019
More than 60 million Americans experience mental illness, according to the Association for Psychological Science, but a fair number report that the stigma around therapy is a significant barrier to actually seeking counseling.
Online counseling is a solution—but most psychologists prefer to see patients in person, where they can evaluate not only what they say about their lives; but their body language and tics.
Now, there’s an attractive and trendy new office space in New York City where a “matchmaker” on staff (who specializes in mental health counseling) is devoted to pairing patients with professionals who can meet their specific needs.
The membership-based office area, which launched on New York’s Madison Avenue last October 10, is being used by therapists not only to treat patients; but also to form relationships and
Alma launched in October 2018 with a brick and mortar location on New York’s Madison Avenue. Local mental health providers can apply for membership to use the space to treat patients, as well as to form relationships and network with other therapists.
Providers—among them, psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers, as well as an acupuncturists—pay $165 per month; plus an hourly rate for booking private rooms, which are outfitted with precisely the same furniture and modern decor so patients benefit from the familiarity, no matter which room they meet in.
In exchange, Alma provides members with a suite of administrative services, such as billing, scheduling, and tools for treating patients over video chat. There’s also a communal kitchen and the opportunity to participate in frequent events held in the space.
This week, Founder and CEO Harry Ritter told CNN Business in an interview that Alma has raised $8 million in new funding towards its expansion. Coming soon: An Alma in your area.
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