I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Betterhelp Commercial Michael Phelps…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 counselor or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy since our church and many churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of advise in different 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 difficult i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t imply i i understand everybody on the list is validated but it’s a pretty strong list but if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this resembled i do not understand 5 8 years ago therefore i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marriage therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually typically discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist etc as kind of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that perhaps you have actually heard prior to however maybe you required an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wanted to try better help so that i can advise 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 implies very light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency individuals that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not a specialist this is just my personal viewpoint is it helpful my experience therefore there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a huge factor the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is certainly really important to me due to the fact that you do not wish to advise somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you understand what does that suggest it simply indicates a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be really expensive specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reliable organization a location that was well known released the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply sort of leads you to believe what you know the complete rate is quite expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re typically not interacting with your trainer continuously it’s normally simply around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process also consult your insurance provider if you have it to find out if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my counselor i was really satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you wish to continue they do charge you month-to-month therefore you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i do not use counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have found i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of really advising they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re looking for to leave therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general concerns that are all quite basic um i and i thought the questions were strong um eventually they do get in we’ll speak about this in the face area 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 really 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 an individual because that is very important to me and essential to a great deal of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to two days to type of assign you to a therapist and uh i got assigned pretty fast i think it was within 24 hours got email alerted it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their expertise i might see other reviews about them and then it was type of like try try them out and i i and i might choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a lot of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to make sure everyone is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my therapist was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s tough you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i’ve benefited from a lot of good counseling so i think i have not actually been paired with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc however essentially you satisfy and connect through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you set up everything within the app you um you satisfy the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very smoothly um the Betterhelp Commercial Michael Phelps
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only thing that was type of weird was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer gear i normally like to check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd type of component however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application resting on your computer sometimes isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very pleased by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run it all and it was extremely effective i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had published a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of desire i might open that up however i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your personal details that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i also got text pointers you understand i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand easily include it to my calendar however overall the technology was extremely impressive you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was extremely satisfied with the total technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was extremely was really competent and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Betterhelp Commercial Michael Phelps