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Reya | We find your perfect therapist.

Help us build the first version of Reya: a web-based app that understands a user's needs and matches them with their perfect therapist .

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Project Description

 Reya Care is an app that matches people with therapists based on their specific needs. Help us build the first version of Reya, launching in 2021.

The Problem
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Our market research survey shows that most people take between one and four months to find a therapist, and many say they stop looking for care because the process is long and difficult. We’ve had the same experience seeking care for ourselves, and we want to change it. Unlike the traditional approach to finding a therapist, the Reya application will leverage research, clinical expertise, and technology to reduce the pain of the search and match you with your perfect therapist. 

People seeking therapy say cost and therapeutic style are the most important factors; however this is where they struggle the most. It’s difficult to navigate insurance and know what you’ll pay and without a clinical background it’s hard to understand which of the many possible therapeutic styles is the best fit for your needs.

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One of our key findings has been the urgent need for better therapist matching for Black folks, Indigenous people, and other people of color, as well as LGBTQ individuals and others with marginalized identities. Many of these users struggle to find a therapist who understands their identity and background using traditional search tools.

 

 

The Solution
Reya App Mockup

 

We know there’s a better way to find a therapist, so we are creating Reya, an app that matches people with their best-fit mental health professional. 

Our users complete a short profile of their needs, and Reya’s matching tool gives them a few personalized recommendations from our vetted group of therapists. Our matches work because we interpret users’ answers and offer them therapists based on the most important factors: cost, identity, and therapeutic style. We’re confident in this approach because since 2018, we have interviewed dozens of therapists, surveyed over 100 potential users, and matched 30+ users with therapists utilizing an early prototype.

We want to ensure we’re addressing the needs of all users, so with Reya, users can share aspects of their identity to find a therapist who understands their background. We are committed to promoting culturally conscious, trauma-informed providers to meet a diverse array of needs by:

  • Vetting all participating therapists to ensure that they recognize the system of racial injustice that clients experience
  • Recruiting a diverse team of clinical advisors & therapists

With your help we can launch the Reya app and help hundreds more users find their perfect therapist. 

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The Team
Reya Co-Founders

 

Our founders: Arianna Robbins and Nora West met in Venture for America (a national entrepreneurship fellowship) in Philadelphia in 2015. They have focused their careers in product and project management on ensuring technology is accessible and useful to as many people as possible. Most importantly, Arianna and Nora have both personally experienced the stress and pain of searching for a therapist. They have helped family members and loved ones go through similar struggles - often when they most needed help - and realized that there has to be a better way to get mental healthcare. After two years of research and testing, they founded Reya Care to create that solution themselves.

How will we spend $15,000?

These funds will enable us to launch the Reya web application in 2021, and continue to support it for up to two years. Reya Care has already provided tools and information to our hundreds of subscribers such as how to start a search for a therapist, how to vet a potential therapist, and how to afford therapy. Building on two years of feedback and research, we plan to launch our app in 2021. 

$11,000 will support a part-time software developer working 18 hours a month to complete the Reya app development, deploy the application to users, build out additional features, and fix bugs as users identify them. 

$2,000 enables us to pay our clinical therapist advisors. Reya’s three expert advisors are certified mental health professionals with years of experience treating patients, who help us ensure that our information is as accurate and helpful as possible. We believe that time and expertise should be compensated, and want to provide our advisors a stipend for their work.

$1,500 supports the fees for hosting the web application. We’ve worked with experienced software engineers to keep the technical overhead costs as low as possible while sustainably and reliably supporting the application.

$500 supports our marketing and communications budget, primarily covering the cost of our email server and marketing website. This enables Reya to help as many people as possible access and use Reya to find a perfect therapist.

None of the crowdfunding proceeds will be used to compensate the founders.

THANK YOU!

We believe everyone should have access to great mental healthcare. Thank you so much for supporting our effort to help folks find the help they seek.

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

  • Is my contribution tax-deductible?
    • No, your donation is greatly appreciated and helping therapist seekers, but we are not a 501(c)3. We hope to build this into a self-sustaining business.
       
  • When will I receive my rewards?
    • Digital rewards will be delivered within 30 days of your contributions. Physical rewards will be shipped after the end of the campaign; we'll be in touch with supporters directly with details on both!
       
  • What if I want to give my reward to someone else?
    • That's awesome! Let us know who you'd like to gift it to when we contact you for fulfillment details (including the email address of the recipient), and we'll take it from there.

 

  • How can I support Reya further?
    • In addition to contributing to our campaign, the best ways to get involved are:
      • Follow Reya on instagram, subscribe to our email list.
      • Spread the word! Telling people about Reya and our campaign helps us, but it also helps normalize mental healthcare in our society.
         
  • I need a therapist, can Reya get me one? 
    • That’s the goal - we’re launching the Reya app with your help in 2021! In the meantime, we hope our guide on finding a therapist can help you get started. 

 

 

Joshua M Goryl
10/21/2020
Reya therapy guides and a journal!
$55
Lita Robbins
10/20/2020
Reya therapy guides and a journal!
$55
Helaine
10/16/2020
Instagram shout out!
$18
Kailash Sundaram
10/15/2020
Instagram shout out!
$10
10/14/2020
Relax with Reya!
$250
Hobie
10/14/2020
Stickers!
$25
Jim
10/14/2020
Guide for Therapists
$75
Kristen
10/14/2020
Personalized therapy match!
$150
Benjamin Collinger
10/14/2020
Instagram shout out!
$10
Frankie
10/14/2020
Instagram shout out!
$10
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

32 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Instagram shout out!

We so appreciate your support! As a thank you for supporting Reya, we’ll give you an Instagram shout out and send you a fun therapy meme! Just provide your Instagram handle when checking out.

13 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Stickers!

You don’t get a sticker after a great therapy session, but you should! As a thank you for donating you’ll get a Reya and I 💖 Therapy sticker, as well as an instagram shout out.

27 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
Reya therapy guides and a journal!

As a thank you for supporting Reya, we’ll email you our handy guide on narrowing down therapist options, vetting potential therapists, paying for therapy, and making the most of therapy in Covid. We’ll also send you a journal so you can keep your therapy thoughts in one handy place.

44 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Guide for Therapists

We ❤️ therapists and that includes you! As a thank you for your contribution we’ll be sharing our data-based guide covering how users navigate the therapy process, with insights from two years of research and a market survey - helpful when starting your own practice and working with existing patients! 

 

6 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Relax with Reya!

Your support is so amazing and we think you should treat yourself! As a thank you for your contribution you’ll receive the Reya self-care pack including: a face-mask, chocolate, and bath salts.

Of course, you’ll also receive the Reya therapy guides, journal, stickers, and a personalized therapy match.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Reya Gold

Thank you so much for your generous contribution! As a sign of our thanks we'd love to share: 5 custom therapy matches for yourself and to share with those you love or the Reya community. As a key contributor we'll send you quarterly updates on Reya for the next year to keep you in the loop.

Of course, you’ll also receive the Reya therapy guides, journal, stickers, and a relax with Reya kit.

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5 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

32 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Instagram shout out!

We so appreciate your support! As a thank you for supporting Reya, we’ll give you an Instagram shout out and send you a fun therapy meme! Just provide your Instagram handle when checking out.

13 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Stickers!

You don’t get a sticker after a great therapy session, but you should! As a thank you for donating you’ll get a Reya and I 💖 Therapy sticker, as well as an instagram shout out.

27 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
Reya therapy guides and a journal!

As a thank you for supporting Reya, we’ll email you our handy guide on narrowing down therapist options, vetting potential therapists, paying for therapy, and making the most of therapy in Covid. We’ll also send you a journal so you can keep your therapy thoughts in one handy place.

44 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Guide for Therapists

We ❤️ therapists and that includes you! As a thank you for your contribution we’ll be sharing our data-based guide covering how users navigate the therapy process, with insights from two years of research and a market survey - helpful when starting your own practice and working with existing patients! 

 

6 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Relax with Reya!

Your support is so amazing and we think you should treat yourself! As a thank you for your contribution you’ll receive the Reya self-care pack including: a face-mask, chocolate, and bath salts.

Of course, you’ll also receive the Reya therapy guides, journal, stickers, and a personalized therapy match.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Reya Gold

Thank you so much for your generous contribution! As a sign of our thanks we'd love to share: 5 custom therapy matches for yourself and to share with those you love or the Reya community. As a key contributor we'll send you quarterly updates on Reya for the next year to keep you in the loop.

Of course, you’ll also receive the Reya therapy guides, journal, stickers, and a relax with Reya kit.

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5 Supporters
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