I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Dr Barry Farber Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals 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 tough you understand 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 kind of advise 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 hard i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the household referral list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i understand everybody on the list is validated however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to focus on online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician go to this was like i do not know 5 8 years ago therefore i’ve been wanting to try out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and likewise marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently found therapy and meeting with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually always enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wanted to try better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally simply indicates very light therapy generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go process with someone that’s a bit more of an expert because area so i’m not an expert this is simply my individual viewpoint is it valuable my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a huge element the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
Is BetterHelp an online therapy company?
my session over a month and then the faith element which is undoubtedly actually essential to me due to the fact that you do not want to recommend someone to something and after that you understand possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not 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 endless messaging which you understand what does that imply it simply means a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the rate was not bad you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite credible organization a place that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to believe what you understand the full rate is quite costly and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know individually you’re generally not engaging with your instructor continually it’s generally simply around your sessions but to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor was pretty good at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting 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 monetary circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also contact your insurance company if you have it to learn if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my therapist i was really pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various options when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly therefore you need to spend for a month of in advance and so which makes sense however i i believe it i was really pleased by the price it’s still a lot of money i know for a great deal of individuals um you know somebody like me i don’t use counseling every week 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 youth uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave 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 quite standard um i and i thought the questions were strong 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 respectable about asking some faith associated concerns that i was actually extremely amazed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is essential to me and crucial to a great deal of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to sort of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i might see their knowledge i might see other evaluations about them and then it was type of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might choose to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re excellent at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re actually trying to make sure everybody is strong and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was terrific about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is a strange balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s challenging you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i’ve gained from a great deal of good counseling so i think i haven’t really 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 occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth but basically you satisfy and engage through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a private chat with the person 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 meet the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the actual site and the video was great um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Dr Barry Farber Talkspace
What does our BetterHelp Review cover?
only thing that was sort of weird was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various areas i couldn’t determine how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i usually like to double check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek sort of aspect but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was extremely pleased by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run it all and it was really reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message however because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of wish i might open that up but i comprehend that possibly you don’t desire your private details that is taking place in between counselor in your inbox i also got text tips you understand i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know quickly include it to my calendar but in general the technology was very remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked very well and so i was really satisfied with the total innovation the next area is the real vice my therapist was extremely was extremely skilled and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Dr Barry Farber Talkspace