I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Marie Guarino Talkspace…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you advise a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend in various focuses it’s usually people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use focus on the household recommendation list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t mean i i know everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a quite strong list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor see this resembled i do not know 5 8 years earlier and so i have actually been wishing to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as kind of life hacking since it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to however maybe you required an outsider to confirm so i have actually constantly delighted 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 type 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 normally just indicates really light therapy normally the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency people that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you require to go process with someone that’s a bit more of an expert because location so i’m not a specialist this is simply my individual opinion is it practical my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to 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 component which is clearly actually crucial to me since you don’t want to recommend somebody 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 and so first off on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you know what does that mean it just suggests a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable institution a location that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that just type of leads you to believe what you understand the full price is quite expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad 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 know separately you’re typically not connecting with your trainer continuously it’s normally just around your sessions but to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at checking 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 scenario so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance provider if you have it to discover if you certify but the prices i felt particularly for the um the competence of my therapist i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they provide you various options when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly and so you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense however i i believe it i was really amazed by the rate it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize counseling each week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually found i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some youth uh such things that happen in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really recommending they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re searching for to get out of counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll talk 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 related concerns that i was really very impressed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is very important to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to sort of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail alerted it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i could see their know-how i might see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everyone is strong and i could change my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my therapist was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance since you want a counselor that’s tough you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of good therapy so i think i have not actually been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email and so forth however essentially you engage and satisfy through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you schedule whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed 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 Marie Guarino Talkspace
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only thing that was type of odd was usually you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various locations i could not find out how to do that as someone who has some better gear i generally like to check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was really amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run it all and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had posted a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the website to see things i sort of dream i could open that up however i comprehend that maybe you don’t desire your personal info that is taking place between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you understand i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand easily add it to my calendar however in general the innovation was really impressive you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things 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 extremely impressed with the total technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was very was very skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Marie Guarino Talkspace