It’s a toss-up which is more nerve wracking: a first date or a first visit to a new therapist. Dates require small talk. But with a therapist, there can be pressure to really bare your soul.
A growing Bay Area company called Two Chairs wants to take the stress out of finding and paying for therapy. Unlike other mental health start-ups, it doesn’t skim the earnings of therapists, or sacrifice in-person appointments for video or text chats.
Instead, it runs brick-and-mortar clinics and directly employs therapists. It uses a human being (along with an algorithm) to match you with the right therapist. And then it handles the insurance paperwork so you can get a reimbursement check.