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Taxi company offers free therapy sessions while you ride the cab

By Mason White 10:44 AM October 30, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
Now, you can pay for a taxi cab and get a therapist ride with you for free.

A taxi company in Sweden, has launched the new project, were therapists will be sitting in the back of their cars in an effort to combat the winter blues.

Taxi Stockholm employees qualified therapists to travel with customers. People can book a trip in advance to speak about their problems while running errands or riding through town.

The company said that people should not be afraid that drivers could share their personal issues with the world, as all taxi drivers have signed confidentiality agreements.

“No trip is too short,” said Mia Fahlen, one of the therapists involved in the project. Fehlen believes that even ten minutes can be enough to point a customer in the right direction, which could change their life for the better.

Fahlen said that she signed up to this service because of the “thrill of the unknown.” However, she added that she could predict the main issue of concern for residents in the Swedish capital.

“A lot of people are lonely. There are many single people in Stockholm,” she said.

A spokesperson for Taxi Stockholm said that the idea came to the them after a customer survey the company recently conducted.

About 70 percent of people said that their taxi rides were a good time to reflect on their lives. “When you think about it, drivers can even be therapists,” some said.

“We decided to put the two together for the benefit of everyone in Stockholm, especially considering that it is so cold and dark now,” the spokesperson said.