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Hey ProductHunt! I’m Erin, one of the founders of Kip. We built Kip because we think great mental health care should be easier to find. Kip solves two of the biggest problems people face when looking for therapy: how to find a good therapist and how to know that therapy is working. On Kip, you can immediately book an appointment with a therapist who has been hand-picked by our team and practices science-backed techniques. You meet your therapist in-person and use the Kip app throughout care to track progress and measure results. We also work with companies who want to make it easy for their employees to get great care when they need it. We’d love your feedback and questions! I think therapy is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. I recently started going again to manage stress and anxiety and I only wish that I went sooner. Erin P.S. Sign up with the code PRODUCTHUNT and get 50% off your first session 😻
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@erinfrey Looks awesome! I remember first hearing about Kip a few months back, and it looks like you've made some great progress! As of right now, are there any plans to expand beyond the bay area? Hoping you'll come to NYC :D
@kcolon23 hi Kenneth! Awesome to hear that. :) Yes, we're planning to expand and NYC is on the list! If you want to get notified when we're there, click 'join Kip' on the site, add your zip code, and then it'll prompt you to share your email so we can reach out when we're available in NYC.
Kip looks like the Forward Health of mental health. @erinfrey, what's the typical experience for someone who tries therapy for the first time? What is the offline experience like after the first session?
@kunalslab Hi Kunal, thanks for checking us out! That's a really common question–so much so that I decided to start blogging about my own Kip experience to share what therapy is like: This is the experience of therapy on Kip (and we think, any great therapy experience). #1. FIRST SESSION The first thing you do with a therapist is set a goal for therapy. This usually happens in the first session (or it can take a couple to figure it out). The first session is a lot of getting to know you and sharing how you are feeling and what's bothering you, so that you and your therapist can figure out that goal (or goals). #2. FUTURE SESSIONS In subsequent sessions, you learn about how your mind works, your thought patterns, behaviors, and the emotions that have been coming up for you recently. We sometimes say that a therapist is an expert at debugging your brain. They help you figure out what thoughts, feelings, and behaviors help you and which ones are blocking you from living the life you want. Then, they go about helping you make positive changes. In sessions you'll work with your therapist to learn skills build tools to help you relate to your thoughts differently, build behaviors that support your goals, and learn to navigate your feelings. #3. BETWEEN SESSIONS Between sessions, you practice the skills you learned with your therapist, start building new behaviors, and start to track your thoughts and feelings. You use the Kip app to track your mood, other symptoms that you have, and whatever other things you and your therapist talked about doing between sessions. You also have space to take notes about relevant experiences/thoughts you have that you want to share with your therapist or things you want to remember discuss in your next session. This information is all shared privately between you and your therapist. #4. HOW YOU USE KIP IN SESSIONS At the beginning of sessions, your therapist and you will look over whatever you shared in the Kip app together. This gives them insight into how your whole week was, not just the one hour that they spend with you, and means you spend less time updating your therapist in session and more time working together. You'll also look at symptom changes and progress over time–we measure this with self-report surveys you take once every week or two. You can see a picture of what this graph looks like in the post below. P.S. Here's a post that precedes the one above on my decision to go to therapy:
@erinfrey thanks for the detailed response! Going through your Medium posts now. This one caught my eye too!
Love the mission and execution, great job!
Only CBT, not other related modalities like DBT?
@shanacarp Hi Shana! We aren't strictly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), though many of our therapists specialize in it. Our therapists also use other evidence-based methods like DBT, ACT, MBSR, MBCT, mindfulness. We don't publicize therapists by method they practice on the app right now (we find most people get confused when they see acronyms they aren't familiar with) but maybe it's something we should?
@erinfrey Your website specifically mentions CBT- which is why I was wondering. I think there are times where it is useful (eg: DBT is considered important to certain kind of personality disorders and is recommended for them specifically) - maybe as a tag system, but not as something super important to the profiles, so that those who want a specific modality can find someone who specializes in it?
This looks great! Would love to hear more about privacy and security, given topics with therapy are so personal.
@lauraglu Hi Laura! You’re right. Privacy and security are very important to us, it’s such an important part of therapy too. Anything shared in the app (notes, symptoms, etc) is between the client and the therapist, and the standard privacy and confidentiality rules apply. We securely store your data on HIPPA compliant servers. We never access user content. We do aggregate anonymized, non-sensitive data to understand how people use our product. For example: what percentage of people use certain features in the app. Hope this helps!