The issue with mental health is becoming increasingly important
COVID-19 crisis and spending time in isolation is making the issue even more serious
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
Superpow! was developed by co-founders Gabriel Birgaoanu and Andrei Stoica who, after each living busy lives in London, experienced difficulties in finding a suitable platform for online therapy to help them overcome their own mental health issues.
We believe the platforms on offer currently are trying to capitalise on the mental health crisis for financial motives, not for the best interest of the end user. We are looking to change this. We will remove the requirement for long term contracts, recurring payments and direct debits.
Andrei and Gabriel are ready to fight against stigma and use the power of their examples both as online therapy users and founders of a start-up to change the landscape in mental health.
THE ROAD TO SUPERPOW!
This is a timeline of how Superpow! came to be
While living in Los Angeles, Andrei has done traditional therapy with a few different counsellors, but none of them were able to help, since they were of different cultural background and there was no connection.
When in London, Andrei started traditional therapy via the NHS, but the process seemed very clinical, stressful and unflexible. Therapy was held at the hospital which was really uncomfortable. It still didn't help.
In 2019, Andrei signed up to a competitor app, but this one didn't work either as it was too expensive and the therapists were all from the US.
Andrei has found an app in his native country and matched with a therapist from and based in Romania. With his help, Andrei has managed to overcome all mental health challenges, and later recommended it to Gabriel, who followed the same process and eventually recovered too.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, Gabriel had the idea of creating an app that will help the diverse population of London connect to a matching therapist and start online therapy with someone they could really connect to.