What Is Text Therapy, And Can My Partner And I Use It?

Medically reviewed by Melissa Guarnaccia, LCSW
Updated November 14, 2023by Regain Editorial Team

There are many different types of therapy available, and not all of them have to be in person. Text therapy is a relatively new way to get the help you need without having to drive to an in-person visit. You can do it all from a smartphone, tablet, or computer - all you need is a reliable Internet connection.

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Text therapy is good for people just getting started with professional mental health treatment, but also works for those who have been to a therapist before. It can be an easy way to have someone to talk to without judgment or pressure in the comfort of your own home, or wherever you feel comfortable outside of an office setting. 

If you don't think you have the time, you're worried about being face-to-face with someone when you talk about your problems, or you don't think you can afford therapy in the first place, text therapy may be something worth learning more about.

What Is Text Therapy?

Text therapy usually has the same goals as traditional in-person talk therapy, but communication is done online instead of in person. Text therapy services usually have therapists with different specializations on their platforms, so answering your profile questionnaire accurately can help you match to the mental health provider that is right for you. If you find that you would like to work with someone else, that can also be arranged.

Typically, you'll be matched with a therapist and given a secret chatroom in which to talk. It usually isn’t a messaging system in which both people need to be online to communicate; you can write the therapist whatever you'd like or whenever you need to, in your own time, and the therapist will then respond. As there are many different therapists available with differing schedules, some may take longer to answer your messages than others, but they are all there to help you with your concerns. 

If you're not keen on talking with people face-to-face, with text therapy, you never have to see the face of the person you are talking to if you choose not to. It can be more affordable by the hour than in-person therapy as well. 

There are quite a few text therapy websites for you to choose from, and there are even articles dedicated to telling you which one would be the best for you.

The Effectiveness Of Text Therapy

Some may have questions about the effectiveness of text therapy when compared to in-person sessions. 

In a study published in 2017, researchers found that text therapy treatments were an effective solution for those who experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety. Another review of research from 2021 found that text therapy services may prove a key asset in the expansion of mental health services into underserved areas including rural and remote communities by offering effective treatment at a distance.

So, current psychological research suggests that text therapy is a viable method for treating a range of conditions in otherwise untreated communities or communities and individuals in need of a more reachable alternative.

What Is Regain?

Regain is a text therapy website (with phone and video options available, if you prefer) where you're connected with a licensed therapist to speak to online when it works best for you. At Regain, mental health professionals are focused on helping those who are in relationships or have mental health concerns related to their relationships.

When you sign up, you'll be matched with the therapist that best meets your needs after completing a profile and answering questions about yourself, your preferences, and what you need out of therapy. You'll gain reach to a chat room where you can talk to your therapist about whatever you choose to discuss and receive expert advice in return.  

Along with the text therapy, you can schedule sessions with your therapist over the phone and on video chat if you are comfortable with the idea. These sessions aren’t mandatory but are available by request, so there is no pressure one way or another.

Regain also has a free Advice section available if you have questions about anxiety, relationships, parenting, or other mental health-related topics, but aren't quite ready to decide if therapy might work for you.

Note: Regain does not substitute for in-person counseling if you have a court order or if you are interested in medication or need supervision by a professional with a medical degree, or if you are in an abusive relationship. Please consider seeing a mental health professional in person if you suspect you need medication or more support.

Can My Partner And I Use Regain?

Regain can be excellent for couples to use together. It is designed so that partners can work on a healthy and happy relationship as a team. When you start your profile, you can specify that your partner will be joining your sessions. If you aren't sure, you are also able to sign yourself up alone and add your partner later. Additionally, if you ever want a discreet session with your therapist, just let your counselor know, and they can modify your conversation settings appropriately.

You and your partner can stick to text therapy if you choose to do so, or you can also set up a phone or video calls as needed - whatever works best for you both. The therapist is there to help you grow as a couple and see your value as individuals. 

You and your partner can use Regain as long as you need to. Plans range from $40-$70 weekly, depending on the type of plan you use.

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Text therapy is great for couples and individuals who need someone to talk to about their relationships and their lives. Therapists are like a trusted friend and confidant who tells you everything is going to be okay, even if you don't feel it at the moment. Because text therapy is more affordable, people can use text therapy longer than they may have been able to afford traditional therapy. Reaching out to a licensed therapist is exceedingly helpful for people who aren't sure what to do next.

Whether you're having relationship problems, are sad you're single and aren't sure what to do next, or have something else you need to talk about, you can do so with Regain and our many therapists.

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