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SLKC Success Stories: How Start Talking Is Advancing Online Therapy

Posted by SparkLab KC on Aug 18, 2015 3:47:34 PM

 

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

StartTalking Secures Clients and Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credits

Posted by Jennifer Fettchenhauer on Aug 6, 2015 2:08:12 PM

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Topics: Education on Online Counseling

KC Startup Start Talking Helps Clients Connect with Counseling

Posted by James Hart on Jul 6, 2015 3:45:17 PM

KC Startup StartTalking Helps Clients Connect with Counseling

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When someone seeks help with a mental illness, “it takes a lot of gumption to walk in the office the first time,” said Mark Nolte, the founder of local startup StartTalking.io.

That’s why the company has created an online platform that lets users connect with a psychologist, counselor or life coach via computer, tablet, smartphone—even text message. StartTalking recently was approved for $150,000 in Kansas tax credits.

The startup’s mission is personal for Nolte, who was treated for depression about five years ago. Because he was able to able to receive assistance, he’s living a happier, more productive life today. And he wants to make it easier and less intimidating for others to connect with that kind of service.

A 20-minute session costs $25. It’s for $35 for 30 minutes and $60 for 50 minutes—affordable enough that customers could pay out of pocket. (That’s another barrier for some: They’re reluctant to use company insurance for fear their employer will find out.)

“There’s time in everyone life when you hit a rough patch, and you need a little help to get through it,” Nolte said.

How the Tax Credits Will Work

StartTalking recently got some great news from the Kansas Department of Commerce. The startup has been approved for $150,000 in special tax credits that can help recruit investors.

If an investor puts $100,000 into StartTalking, the company can provide that individual with $50,000 in tax credits, which can be spread out over five years.

But the tax credits come with a big condition: StartTalking has until Aug. 31 to find investors who are interested in the deal. After that date, the state starts clawing back tax credits from the startup.

Even with the deadline, the tax credits are a great opportunity to attract investors. For people who take up the offer, Nolte said, “your risk just got cut in half.”

How Did SparkLabKC Help StartTalking?

StartTalking was part of the most recent class of the SparkLabKC business accelerator, and Nolte said that it was a huge help in building up the company.

Just to be clear, Nolte is not a novice when it comes to the world of business. He’s the president and CEO of MarkMedical, a successful surgical-products distributor. But there were some startup-specific skills that SparkLabKC helped him master, such as assembling a pro forma and refining his pitch.

Thanks to SparkLabKC, artists from Hallmark helped him assemble his slideshow presentation. And he worked with an actor who coached him on a delivery and which words to stress during the talk. That, and the weekly practice sessions, positioned Nolte to perform well during SparkLabKC’s demo day this spring.

“By the time we got to the 12th week,” Nolte said, “you’d pretty much honed your skills.”

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

Online Counseling Services StartTalking.io scores-$150K Tax Credit

Posted by Bobby Burch on Jul 1, 2015 8:24:24 AM

Depression affects about one out of every 10 Americans, including at one time Start Talking founder Mark Nolte.

Mark Nolte

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

12 Signs you may be experiencing Depression- private counseling

Posted by Mark Nolte on Jun 15, 2015 11:25:26 AM

Sometimes simply things like CAN’T CONCENTRATE OR FIND THAT PREVIOUSLY EASY TASKS ARE NOW DIFFICULT- May be a sign of Depression

 12 Reasons you may be experiencing depression.

 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you made be experiencing depression:

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

Can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult

Posted by Mark Nolte on Jun 11, 2015 3:10:56 PM

Can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult- Consider Private counseling for depression

 12 Reasons you may be experiencing depression.

 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you made be experiencing depression:

  1. Consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
  2. Can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  3. Never seem to have energy anymore
  4. Have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
  5. Don’t want to leave my house
  6. Not enjoying life as much anymore
  7. Life seems boring
  8.  Are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
  9.  Concentration problems
  10. Bored with my life
  11.  Losing hope for living
  12.  Don’t like to be around people

 

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

5 Reasons to use Online Life Coaching

Posted by Mark Nolte on Jun 9, 2015 11:30:45 AM

How Online Life Coaching can be helpful

There are times in your life where you reach what we like to call an “A-ha” moment or an “Awaking Moment”. Where you come to the realization that what you may have been doing perhaps for years …you can no longer do.

Here are some examples of these “Awaking Moment”.

Topics: Education on Online Counseling

5 Reasons why Online Counseling is better than traditional counseling.

Posted by Mark Nolte on Jun 8, 2015 4:17:29 PM

5 Reasons why Online Counseling is better than traditional counseling.

Presently there is a great problem in psychological world in that a patient must travel to a psychologist/psychiatrist for an in–person visit / interview. This can only be done by the patient presenting themselves physically in a clinical setting (doctor’s office or hospital). The problems are:

Traditional Counseling

  1. The patient must travel sometimes long distances to present themselves
  2. The patient must present themselves during normal business hours
  3. Because of items 1 & 2 it may be several days before a patient can see a psychologists
  4. A shortage of psychologist in rural / small towns in the USA
  5. A shortage of psychologist after hours and on site in rural areas

Online Counseling

Here are the 5 reasons why Online Counseling:

Topics: Education on Online Counseling