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Sesh (seshgroups.com)

What is the company? How much have they raised to date?

Sesh is a mental health platform that connects users with virtual support groups. The only sessions are led by licensed therapists - but it’s not therapy. The platform is very clear that sesh provides group support that is facilitated by a licensed therapist. Sesh raised $3.5 million at the end of 2020. Look out for them to fundraise again soon.

What's their mission? 
Sesh believes in the power of community and bringing that community support at an affordable price, which we’ll talk about in a bit. In their words, they don’t want users to do it alone. Sesh wants to bring science-backed and board-certified therapists to support groups in an accessible and affordable way.

Who founded the company? Are their clinicians on the executive team? 
Sesh’s founder is Vittoria Lecomte. Prior to founding Sesh towards the end of 2019, Vittoria spent her career in blockchain and finance. The startup she was at before Sesh was called Blockchain, according to her LinkedIn. Blockchain was a VC-backed crypto wallet that received $70 million in funding and Vittoria was the product lead and Chief of Staff. Prior to Blockchain, Vittoria spent some time at Barclays, Georgetown, and Financial Technology Partners.

Sesh does have an LPC as a Clinical Network and Quality Assurance Manager. They also have an LPC as Clinical Programming Manager.

What's the business model? How does this company make money? 
For users, Sesh is rather cheap when compared to traditional therapy, but remember Sesh is very clear they do not provide group therapy, it’s group support led by therapists. The pricing is $30 per Sesh or $60 per month for unlimited “Sesh”ions.

What does one get for paying that price? 
Sesh provides multiple Seshions every day and they range in topic. Some cover current events, for example, “Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights” is a current weekly Sesh on Thursdays. Other Seshions include managing a variety of emotions, inner child healing, empowering your voice as an LGBTQ person, and more.

What is the cancellation policy? 
Users can cancel their membership anytime and are not locked into long-term contracts.

If applicable, what are the pay/benefits for therapists? 
Therapists are 1099 and get paid based on the number of sign-ups for each session they facilitate. According to online sources, facilitating a 30-minute session starts at $40 and can go up based on the number of sign-ups. 60-minute sessions start a bit higher and again can go up based on the number of sign-ups.

The Review 
Sesh is providing something we’ve all missed during the pandemic, community. Community and relationships are vital to mental health. Due to Sesh calling their group sessions support and not therapy, they can get around state licensing laws. So when it comes to the state a clinician is licensed in, it really doesn’t matter. Sesh also claims to have almost zero relationships with facilitators. Directly in their policy, Sesh states “Facilitators" are independent providers who are neither our employees nor agents nor representatives.” In their terms of use, Sesh does a great job outlining the expected conduct during Seshions in order to keep a supportive environment. Sesh’s privacy policy is similar to most websites and they very clearly state they allow third parties, advertising networks, and service providers to collect information through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies. This is normal for marketing websites. For example, on both seshgroups.com and app.seshgroups.com Facebook Pixel is installed on their website. Sesh even lets you sign in with your Facebook account.

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