Sympaticus is an online psychotherapy/wellbeing platform based in Lebanon and targeting women in the MENA region. Founded by Joe Zaarour, Ramzi Nohra and Dr. Nicole Braun-Elias, Sympaticus aims to help women overcome issues such as breakup, job loss, bereavement, burnout and depression. Currently in beta, the app offers subscription-based, 6-step, 14-week personalized programs that are developed and delivered by qualified psychologists, therapists and medical doctors.

Symapticus’ programs are based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, which aim to help a person learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking. Using technology to track and monitor progress, the Sympaticus programs help users define their goals and teach coping techniques.

One of the many advantages of Sympaticus’ programs is that they serve as a more affordable and flexible alternative to traditional therapy. Although there is a monthly subscription fee, the fee is equal in cost to a single offline therapy session and offers users full access to an interactive learning program, a dedicated coach, and two monthly sessions with a therapist via Skype.

In 2016, Sympaticus was selected as a finalist at ArabNet Beirut’s Startup Demo and one of three semi-finalists in the Ideas Track at MIT Enterprise Forum. In November of last year, Sympaticus won second prize ($10K) at the Grow My Business competition, and most recently, was chosen as one of the 6 touch innovators to go through the touch Innovation Program (TIP) where they will spend the next 6 months taking their startup ideas to the next level.