I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Aetna Talk Space…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and most churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of advise in different focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the family referral list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not suggest i i understand everyone on the list is verified but it’s a quite strong list but if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician see this was like i do not understand five 8 years earlier therefore i have actually been wanting to try out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve often discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking because it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that possibly you’ve heard prior to however maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which generally just suggests really light counseling normally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we detect and then we suggest individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual viewpoint is it practical my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is obviously actually essential to me due to the fact that you do not want to recommend somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they affirm something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that mean it just indicates a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the rate was not bad you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be very pricey especially if you’re getting someone who is good at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a pretty reputable organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply kind of leads you to think what you understand the full price is pretty pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re usually not engaging with your instructor continually it’s usually simply around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your monetary scenario so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also consult your insurance supplier if you have it to find out if you certify but the rates i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and then they provide you different choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you regular monthly and so you have to spend for a month of beforehand and so which makes sense but i i believe it i was extremely pleased by the price it’s still a lot of money i understand for a lot of people um you understand somebody like me i don’t use counseling every week or perhaps every year but i do i have found i take pleasure in the perspective
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i believed the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were pretty good about asking some faith related concerns that i was really extremely impressed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is necessary to me and important to a great deal of people um they basically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 48 hours to kind of appoint you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their know-how i could see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i might select to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of questions around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re really attempting to make certain everyone is solid and i could change my therapist at any time there was no issue with changing um my therapist was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance because you want a counselor that’s difficult you however also um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of good therapy so i believe i haven’t truly been paired up with someone that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however basically you meet and communicate through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information disappears at least access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Aetna Talk Space
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only thing that was type of odd was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some better gear i generally like to double check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was extremely amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run it all and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i might open that up but i comprehend that perhaps you don’t want your personal information that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly include it to my calendar but overall the technology was really remarkable you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked effectively and so i was very amazed with the overall technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was extremely was very competent and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Aetna Talk Space