Transitioning into Tech: A Former Therapist’s Journey into the World of Tech - Haneke Design

Buzz / 03 22, 2023


Malaz Idris, Haneke’s Product Strategist, began her journey into the tech world began when she saw the need for better tools and resources to help her therapy clients.

“I have always been fascinated by the impact technology has within the health space, and I wanted to harness the power of technology to help more people and make a greater impact,” explains Malaz.

The world of mental health was forever changed when technology entered the scene. Suddenly, people had access to resources that were once only available through in-person visits to a therapist. With the click of a button, people could connect with others who were going through similar struggles and find support, comfort and encouragement, all within the comfort of their safe spaces.

One of the biggest ways technology has impacted the mental health field is through telehealth services. With telehealth, people can receive therapy from the comfort of their own homes. This has made mental health services more accessible and convenient for people who may not have been able to attend in-person sessions, whether due to physical limitations, financial stressors, or scheduling conflicts.

Additionally, technology has improved the mental health field through the use of virtual reality and other immersive technologies. These technologies can be used to help people confront and overcome their fears, phobias, and other mental health challenges. For example, someone with a fear of public speaking can use virtual reality to practice speaking in front of an audience, building confidence and reducing anxiety in the process.

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Technology has revolutionized the way psychiatrists diagnose and provide care for patients. It has provided these practitioners with access to an array of data and tools that were not previously available, allowing psychiatrists to gather patient information in real-time, leading to more accurate diagnoses.

Technology is not just changing the way we provide mental health services—it’s also changing the way we think about mental health. With social media and other online platforms, people can now have conversations about mental health that were once taboo and uncomfortable. This has helped to reduce stigma around mental health and its treatment and make it a more common topic of conversation.

With more individuals talking about mental health and its impact on communities, she knew that it was time for her to move on to my next chapter within the field.

“I always get asked the question, ‘Why did you transition into tech?’ or ‘Did you not enjoy being a Therapist?’. My answer to this is simple: I am constantly inspired by the ways technology is improving the lives of people who struggle with mental health challenges. My passion for using technology to improve mental health went beyond just my local community,” says Malaz.

Malaz wanted to make a global impact – she wanted to reach as many people as possible and make a real difference in their lives. This is why she made the decision to leave the traditional mental health space and join the tech world, where she believed her skills, empathy, and passion would not only reach hundreds, but thousands of individuals and their communities.

In the tech world, Malaz saw an opportunity to work on solutions that would bring about real, lasting change for people around the world. She wanted to be a part of something that would add volumes of value to people’s lives and help to create a better future for everyone.

“I believe that the power of technology to heal and improve lives is unlimited, and I am excited to continue exploring its potential,” Malaz expains.

Her passion for using technology to improve mental health is unwavering. From telehealth to virtual reality and beyond, technology has had a profound impact on the mental health field, making services more accessible and effective. As we continue to explore the possibilities of technology, she is confident that we will find new and innovative ways to support and empower those struggling with mental health challenges. The future of mental health is bright, and she’s eager to be a part of its transformation.


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