I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Lynn Hamilton Talk Space…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you suggest a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type 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 concentrate on the household recommendation list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not mean i i know everyone on the list is confirmed but it’s a pretty strong list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to focus on online counseling 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 eight years back therefore i have actually been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and likewise marriage therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you’ve heard before however maybe you required an outsider to validate so i’ve always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to check out better help so that i can recommend 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 usually just means really 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 detect and then we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you require to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not an expert this is just my personal opinion 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 pricing which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is undoubtedly really crucial to me because you don’t wish to recommend someone to something and after that you understand possibly they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore first off on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that mean it simply suggests a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was not bad you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very costly particularly 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 needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite respectable institution a place that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to believe what you know the full cost is pretty costly therefore uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was great you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re usually not communicating with your instructor constantly it’s normally just around your sessions but to construct a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually 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 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 qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure also talk to your insurance service provider if you have it to find out if you certify however the rates i felt especially for the um the know-how of my therapist i was really impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they offer you different options when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to continue they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to pay for a month of ahead of time therefore that makes sense but i i think it i was very impressed by the rate it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of people um you understand somebody like me i do not use counseling every week or even every year however i do i have actually discovered i take pleasure in the viewpoint
um every five years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that happen in my childhood i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you know mail age what you’re looking for to get out of counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits 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 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 really very pleased with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location however 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 great deal of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty fast i believe it was within 24 hours got email informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their expertise i could see other reviews about them and then it was type of like try try them out and i i and i could select to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they show up i indicate they’re they’re actually attempting to make sure everyone is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no issue with changing um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however also um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a lot of good counseling so i think i have not really been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail etc but essentially you satisfy and communicate through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the actual website and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Lynn Hamilton Talk Space
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only thing that was sort of odd was usually 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 better gear i generally like to double check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek kind of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer sometimes isn’t as good 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 amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to understand how to run all of it and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had actually published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the site to see things i sort of desire i could open that up however i comprehend that possibly you don’t want your private details that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you understand i had to decide in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar but overall the innovation was extremely impressive you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked very well and so i was very amazed with the general innovation the next section is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was very knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Lynn Hamilton Talk Space