What Happened To Youper And Can AI Replace Therapy?

If you don’t have insurance AI might be an alternative to therapy

Sylene "SylJoe" Joseph
3 min readApr 17, 2022
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This article is for two categories of people: those who can’t afford therapy, and those who aren’t comfortable with therapy and want an alternative.

If you can’t afford therapy you’re not alone. Therapy is covered by most health insurance providers (typically) but not everyone has health insurance.

And telehealth therapy or online therapy providers like Talkspace and BetterHelp seem to be different beasts all together. You’d have to check with your provider to see if they cover the cost.

In 2020, 91.4% of Americans had health insurance for at least part of the year. Meaning 8.6% or 28 million people did not. And while this statistic sounds relatively positive, if we lost 28 million people to mental health related issues it’d be cause for concern.

Besides, this census doesn’t account for the worldwide lack of access to mental health resources. Or, the reality that finding a good therapist can be hard. That truth is echoed in online forums of the already limited resources available.

Youper seemed like the perfect free alternative to therapy