Social Network Offers Therapy On Demand
A support revolution is taking place on AnxietySocialNet.com, and users will get it for free. ASN Users will be able to participate in the first social therapists directory
Anxiety Social Net is an online social networking platform that allows its members to share their experiences within the safe confines of the site itself. Many of these users suffer from a variety of disorders brought on by feelings of anxiety, and peer-to-peer discussions can help relieve them of such feelings.
Recently ASN has found a way to bring specialized therapists to its website—while remaining unobtrusive and at no cost to its users. It is an additional support pillar to the hugely successful peer-support network, and it is changing the way social networks do business on the internet.
The debut of the new service will become available in the last quarter of 2012. It will allow members to interact with trained therapists from multiple specialties. While ASN founder Salomon Ptasevich believes that peer review is still incredibly powerful, he also sees the potential of having real therapists available for its users. “The roots of an individual’s problems are sometimes deep-seated, and a non-specialist may not always be able to provide the necessary depth of understanding or support,” he said on the website.
ASN is taking steps to ensure that users who are uncomfortable with therapists will have complete access to its peer support network without being forced to interact with the physicians in any way. No ASN therapists will have access to user information and data, and unless a user friends a particular therapist, they will not be able to message him. Therapists will have a special therapist wall for blog and status updates entirely separate from the wall for regular members.
The new therapy program will not, of course, take the place of the successful peer-to-peer review platform that exists currently on ASN. But Ptasevich believes that the new offering will become a founding pillar of ASN and one of its defining features. “Just as there is no substitute for peer-to-peer support,” he said, “there is also no substitute for trained and professional therapy.”
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