I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Farid Chaouki Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a counselor 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 simple since our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend 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 hard i’ve in the past use focus on the household referral list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not suggest i i know everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a quite strong list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take notice of online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional go to this was like i do not know 5 8 years back therefore i’ve been wanting to check out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and likewise marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually typically found therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking since it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you’ve heard before but maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve always enjoyed the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to try out better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which normally just means really light therapy normally the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we detect and then we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you require to go procedure with someone that’s a bit more of a professional in that area 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 take a look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is certainly really crucial to me due to the fact that you don’t wish to recommend someone to something and after that you know possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course and so first off on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that imply it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be really costly particularly if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other counseling and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty credible institution a place 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 kind of leads you to think what you understand the complete price is quite expensive and so uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was great you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re normally not communicating with your instructor constantly it’s generally simply around your sessions however to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your monetary situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise contact your insurance provider if you have it to discover if you qualify but the pricing i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you various 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 continue on they do charge you month-to-month and so you have to spend for a month of beforehand and so that makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely impressed by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of individuals um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy every week or perhaps every year however i do i have found i take pleasure in the viewpoint
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some youth uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re looking for to get out of counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were strong 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 very amazed 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 since that is necessary to me and essential to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to kind of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i think it was within 24 hours got email alerted it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their competence i might see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i could select to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re really trying to make certain everyone is solid and i could change my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is a strange balance since you desire a counselor that’s challenging you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a great deal of excellent therapy so i believe i haven’t truly been paired with someone that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc but essentially you fulfill and communicate through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real website and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Farid Chaouki Talkspace
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just thing that was kind of unusual was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different locations i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i generally like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd type of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application resting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was extremely amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run everything and it was very reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had posted a message but because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message remained 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 do not want your personal information that is taking place in between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i needed to choose in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know quickly add it to my calendar however in general the innovation was really outstanding you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked very well therefore i was really impressed with the general technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was really was really knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Farid Chaouki Talkspace