I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Karin Margolin Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you advise a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be difficult you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine easy due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of suggest in various 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 use focus on the family recommendation list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i understand everyone on the list is verified however it’s a quite solid list however if you get internationally 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 go to this was like i do not know five 8 years back and so i’ve been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and likewise marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the advantage i have actually typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking since it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that perhaps you’ve heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to verify so i’ve constantly enjoyed the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to check out better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which normally simply suggests extremely light therapy typically the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and then we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you require to go procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional because location so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal viewpoint is it handy 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 prices which is a huge factor the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is obviously actually crucial to me due to the fact that you do not want to advise someone to something and after that you understand maybe they they verify 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 unlimited messaging which you understand what does that indicate it simply suggests a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the rate was not bad you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be really costly especially if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty credible organization 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 just sort of leads you to believe what you know the full price is pretty pricey therefore uh 320 dollars is okay specifically 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 individually you’re usually not interacting with your trainer constantly it’s generally just around your sessions however to develop a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your monetary situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process likewise check with your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the prices i felt especially for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they provide 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 monthly and so you need to pay for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense but i i believe it i was very amazed by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a lot of individuals um you know somebody like me i don’t use therapy each week and even every year however i do i have found i enjoy the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that occur in my childhood i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually advising 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 searching for to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i thought the questions 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 questions that i was in fact really pleased with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is essential to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 48 hours to kind of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite quick i believe it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i might see their competence i could see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re really attempting to ensure everybody is strong and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s difficult you but also 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 have actually taken advantage of a lot of excellent therapy so i think i have not really been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail etc but essentially you connect and meet through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you meet 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 counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Karin Margolin Talkspace
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just thing that was kind of unusual was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i usually like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of aspect however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer sometimes isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was really impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to understand how to run everything and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually published a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of wish i could open that up however i understand that maybe you do not want your private info that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you understand i needed to decide in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know quickly add it to my calendar but in general the technology was really outstanding you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first meeting 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 very amazed with the total technology the next section is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was extremely proficient and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Karin Margolin Talkspace