Overcoming The Stigma Around Working Professionals Trying Therapy

By Nina Tomaro| Marketing & Communications at Mind Share Partners

An interview with Alexa Meyer, CEO of Orchid.

This article was originally published on Mind Share Partners' "Mental Health at Work" section on Thrive Global.

We are seeing more business leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives embracing the conversation around mental health at work, and in particular, talking about the benefits of going to therapy. One study found that cognitive therapy was just as effective as medication when treating moderate to severe depression.

Another study found that benefits of medications for depression and anxiety disorders stop after patients stop taking the medication. The benefits of cognitive and behavioral therapy for the same mental health conditions were found to endure after the treatment ends.

While the benefits of therapy of are apparent, many professionals in the workplace still find it difficult to try therapy because the process of finding the right therapist and deciding if therapy is right for them is more than often time consuming, tedious, and filled with frustration.

With many companies jumping onboard to provide therapy coverage for their employees, I wanted to cover the conversation on how businesses can help better support and encourage employees to try therapy, and ways professionals can overcome their own biases around therapy and simplify the process around giving therapy a try.

I interviewed Alexa Meyer, CEO of Orchid, a service that makes it easy for people to both try and find a therapist in their city, to cover this conversation and more.

Nina Tomaro: “Why did you launch Orchid?”

Alexandra Meyer: “I believe investing in our mental wellbeing should be as easy, and as modern, as taking care of our physical well-being. Our emotions and mental processes inform so much of how we think, feel, and act on a daily basis, yet, the resources to take care of our mental health are extremely stigmatized and hard to access.

I experienced this frustration first-hand when I was starting to feel like I didn’t have control over how I felt. I felt highly anxious, frustrated, and burnt out. These feelings were starting to impact my day to day happiness, productivity, and relationships.

I knew I wanted to start learning how to take better care of myself, but finding a therapist and deci