I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Aetna Talkspace…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you advise a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of recommend in various focuses it’s typically people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past usage focus on the household referral list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not indicate i i know everybody on the list is verified but it’s a quite strong list however if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor see this was like i don’t know 5 8 years ago therefore i have actually been wishing to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished 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 have actually often discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that possibly you have actually heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which typically just means very light therapy usually the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we detect and then we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go process with someone that’s a bit more of an expert because location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual viewpoint is it valuable my experience and so there’s five areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge element the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the real guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is obviously truly crucial to me because you don’t wish to recommend somebody to something and then you understand maybe they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so first of all on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that mean it simply implies a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey especially if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply adequately priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty trustworthy institution a place that was popular published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply kind of leads you to think what you understand the complete cost is pretty expensive and so uh 320 bucks is not bad especially and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re usually not engaging with your trainer continually it’s generally just around your sessions however to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my therapist was pretty good 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 rate if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process likewise contact your insurance coverage company if you have it to discover if you qualify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the competence of my counselor i was very pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they provide you various choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to continue they do charge you month-to-month therefore you need to pay for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i think it i was very amazed by the price it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy weekly or even every year however i do i have discovered i enjoy the perspective
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that occur in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact recommending they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re searching for to get out of therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll speak about 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 questions that i was in fact extremely impressed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is important to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to sort of assign you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i think it was within 24 hr got email informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i might see their proficiency i could see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like shot try them out and i i and i could pick to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re truly trying to make certain everybody is solid and i might change my therapist at any time there was no issue with changing um my therapist was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is a weird balance because you desire a counselor that’s tough you however also um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of great therapy so i think i haven’t truly been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email etc but essentially you communicate and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information goes away a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Aetna Talkspace
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only thing that was type of odd was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i couldn’t find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i typically like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd kind of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was extremely satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was very efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of dream i could open that up however i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your private details that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you understand i had to decide in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know quickly include it to my calendar however in general the technology was really excellent you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to procedure before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively therefore i was really impressed with the general technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was really competent and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Aetna Talkspace