Our name is rooted in our mission. While personal growth requires individual commitment, the journey is more powerful (and enjoyable) with community. Coa is short for “Coalesce,” which means “growing together.”
We are taught to optimize every part of life. Our culture loves a quick fix, but our emotional lives are complex and worthy of exploration.
We believe that taking care of your mental health should be an ongoing practice. We believe in the value of an in-person experience with ongoing support. We believe in community empowering each of us to find the strength, resilience, and agency needed to live and feel our best.
At Coa, we are building a home for therapy, mental fitness classes, and community. A place where connection and self-discovery are valued and accessible.
Welcome to a fresh start for your mental health.
Our founders, Alexa Meyer and Dr. Emily Anhalt met in 2018. Alexa, a startup product & marketing executive frustrated by burnout and the difficulty of finding a therapist, and Emily, a clinician and educator working to bring her expertise in psychology and human relationships outside the therapy room, were united by a shared belief: the world needs a home for mental health.
Alexa is the co-founder & CEO of Coa. After years of working as a VP at a fast-paced tech startup, Alexa was frustrated by the lack of options for taking care of her mental health proactively and wondered "why isn't there a Soul-Cycle for Mental Health?" She set off on a mission to create the first "Mental Health Pop-Up" to help people try therapy. The Pop-Up was hosted across the country and featured in Thrive Global. Alexa's interest in shifting our culture to one that celebrates mental health started at a young age when a family member unexpectedly passed away from suicide. She pursued a degree in psychology and consumer behavior in Canada before making her way to Silicon Valley in 2014.
Dr. Emily Anhalt is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Coa. Emily oversees Coa's therapy offering & emotional fitness curriculum. Prior to founding Coa, Dr. Anhalt worked clinically with executives, founders, and tech employees, and conducted extensive research with prominent psychologists and entrepreneurs about how people can improve their mental health & emotional fitness. Dr. Anhalt has spoken around the world about the importance of empathy and self-awareness. She has collaborated with some of the fastest-growing technology companies and VC firms in the world including Google, Asana, TEDx, Github, NASDAQ, Unilever, and Bloomberg.
Dr. Vaneeta Sandhu is the Head of Emotional Fitness at Coa where she leads the creation of Coa's class experiences and curriculum. Through her background in clinical psychology and facilitation, she brings an engaging and down-to-earth approach in helping people prioritize mental health through the practice of emotional fitness. With more than 10 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, facilitator, educator, and public speaker, Vaneeta has worked with teams at Lyft, Yelp, Twitter, Reddit, and Dropbox to help managers and executives develop core leadership skills. Her expertise includes principles of behavior change, cross-cultural dynamics, and adult learning.
Dr. Jamie Goldstein is the Therapy Experience Lead at Coa. As a practicing clinical psychologist, author, and emotional fitness enthusiast, Dr. Goldstein is strongly anchored in the foundational pillars of connection, authenticity, and the power of language. Her excitement for heading up the Coa Therapy Experience was born from the joys of being a "therapy yente," (AKA matchmaker), and her passion for ongoing emotional fitness. For the past eight years, Dr. Goldstein has been committed to providing the space and opportunity for all individuals to find safe, fun, and healing ways to coalesce.
Create a community-driven movement that is shifting the mental health narrative.
We are building a movement to shift the narrative around mental health & emotional fitness from being something you only do when you're unwell to something you do to build & maintain wellness.
Tackle an urgent and important growing problem in society.
60% of people who experience symptoms of burnout, stress, anxiety, or depression never get access to the proper support. We’re working to drive down this number with technology & incredible in-person experiences that remove the friction and stigma around accessing care.