Mental Health Match helps people find the right therapist, and finds a new home in Portland

Startup’s new location: Mental Health Match, a startup that helps people find the right therapist, has moved from Houston to Portland, Ore.

The platform: Mental Health Match uses an online matching tool to guide users through the process of selecting a therapist. More information is provided about potential caregivers when they are identified as a match.

The idea: Founder and CEO Ryan Schwartz came up with the idea while looking for a therapist for the first time, after the death of his mother. Sitting across the table from a friend who was swiping on a dating app, he thought, “What if we could match with a therapist like we match with a romantic partner?”

Surge in need: With the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation taking a toll on people’s mental health, a variety of startups and health care providers are rolling out tools and services to address issues related to anxiety, depression and more.

Monetization and traction: Since 2019, Mental Health Match has matched more than 60,000 people with a therapist, and has therapists in all 50 states. They currently have 2,000 therapists on the platform with 119 total paying customers (30% trial conversion rate). Therapists pay a monthly subscription to be part of the service.

Funding: With three employees as well as contractors/consultants, the startup has raised $1 million in seed financing.

Last word: “We’re all struggling to make sense of our rapidly changing world, and a good therapist is one of the most helpful resources available,” Schwartz told KOIN’s “Am Extra” in Portland. “As more and more people realize it’s time to talk with a trained professional, our matching tool makes it more possible for Oregonians to find the provider that they will trust and connect with from the very first moment.”Writer and editor Kurt Schlosser covers the Geek Life beat for GeekWire. A longtime journalist, photographer and designer, he has worked previously for NBC News, msnbc.com and the Seattle P-I. Follow Kurt on Twitter or reach him at kurt@geekwire.com.

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