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We're working towards treating mental illnesses for $2 per successful treatment. We give psychology graduates a crash course in counselling / coaching and give them a series of successively trickier clients to see over Zoom. Multiple[1]  systematic[2] reviews[3] show this approach is ~75% as good at treating mental illnesses as one-to-one sessions with a professional therapist, but at a sliver of the cost.

I sadly don't have enough clients with unspooky issues to build the coach's confidence. Without these, grads feel too uneasy about seeing clients with trickier issues (which sadly make up the vast majority of our applications). 

For each 6 unspooky clients that sign up, I can hire an additional graduate who'd go on to successfully treat at least a dozen people with more serious issues.

Our problem is that people rarely seek help while their issues are easy to fix. They wait until their symptoms deepen and become debilitating. We have ~500 such people on our wait-list and it's growing by hundreds each week. We're expecting ~10000 in 2024, so there's no diminishing returns in sight.

Relevant programs

  1. CBT-I for Insomnia
  2. Procrastination
  3. Social Anxiety
  4. Behavior change (e.g. improving work, diet & exercise habits)
  5. Relationship issues

Reasons not to sign up

  1. You've got multiple complicating factors, e.g. autism/OCD/ADHD etc, that'd make you tricky to help without having relevant expertise.
  2. The ~25% decrease in treatment efficacy, with respect to paying for a professional therapist, would be unacceptably costly to your wellbeing / productivity.
  3. You're expecting "silver bullets". Most of what we suggest is "lots of lead bullets" - simple but effective solutions that are unglamorous and require sustained effort.
  4. ~5% of completers / active users had a negative experience or found it a waste of time. We don't have stats on non-completors, but if we included them it'd likely be considerably more
  5. All our interns are unpaid and doing it exclusively for experience; this might go against your moral values. Though, FWIW, I'm the founder and do ~50Hs a week 50 weeks a year without taking a salary from it.

Reasons to sign-up

  1. It's free
  2. Successfully treats at least two severe mental illnesses in expectation; not bad for 6Hs work
  3. Clients are generally pretty happy 
    1. Mean session rating = ~4.7/5
    2. User feedback from completers & active clients is ~15% glowing, ~65% positive, ~15% neutral, 5% negative. (Beware: excludes people who dropped out as I haven't gathered that data; dropouts likely had worse experiences on average)
    3. ~10% of clients want to keep working with their coach indefinitely

How it works

  1. Click the link. 
  2. Spend four minutes filling out the form.
  3. We'll pair you up to a program befitting your situation
  4. You chat with them via Zoom for ~1H per week for ~6 weeks.
  5. If it's not working, you can drop out at any time. No hard feels.

Social Proof From EAs

"It was a game changer. I turned from being afraid of leaving home to making new friends. I'm so grateful for this opportunity. I will remember it to the end of my days!"

  • Maksym Makarenko, Founder of EA Ukraine.

"Working with Vidhya over the last few months was a great experience that I'd recommend to anyone seeking to make a positive change. Simply having someone to check in with on a regular basis was motivating and kept me accountable to my goals.  In addition, Vidhya's expertise in principles of behavior change allowed her to make helpful several concrete suggestions that I have implemented... With her guidance, I was able to make real progress towards goals I've been working on, off and on, for years. I would highly recommend this coach to anyone looking to make positive changes in their behavior. "

  • Ben Schifman, Environmental Lawyer and Organiser of EA Washington DC

"My coach was very warm and responsive to my needs (the guidance I received felt very much curated for me as an individual factoring in my unique situation and problem). I really appreciated his approach which centred around empowering me to use my strengths in my problem solving. Ultimately, I think the real value of this experience for me has been that my coach opened the door for me to really appreciate myself and to improve my mindset."

  • Natalie Kiilu, Lawyer and former CEA collaborator

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  1. ^

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8319860/

  2. ^

    https://www.jmir.org/2022/6/e36004/

  3. ^

    https://mental.jmir.org/2022/3/e31780

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There are probably people out there who wouldn't benefit from a course of CBT-I , but I'm not confident I have ever met one. Maybe my friends are unusually insomniac?

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