Originally published in RBC Innovation & Perspective, September 24, 2018. By John Stackhouse.
BEACON provides greater access to mental health care via its technology platform. It provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a psychotherapy approach that helps develop skills to change negative and anxious thinking. A user is matched with a dedicated therapist (not a bot) that will provide a customized care plan, digitally, at a much reduced cost to traditional in-person sessions that are also time-consuming.
Razmy said such consumer-focused care is a necessity when it can take months to see a psychiatrist.