I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Michael Palladino Talkspace…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and many churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of advise in different focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be difficult 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 understand everyone on the list is verified however it’s a quite solid list but if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling 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 understand five 8 years back and so i have actually been wishing to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually typically discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you’ve heard before however perhaps you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to try out better help so that i can advise and kind 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 indicates really light therapy typically the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you need to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of an expert because location so i’m not an expert this is just my personal viewpoint is it useful my experience therefore there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the innovation how did that go the actual suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is clearly really important to me because you do not want to suggest someone to something and then you understand perhaps they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first of all on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you understand what does that indicate it just means a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the rate was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be very costly especially if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty reliable organization a location that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply sort of leads you to think what you know the complete cost is pretty expensive and so uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll speak about 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 understand separately you’re usually not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to develop a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my counselor was respectable at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling 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 circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise check with your insurance provider if you have it to find out if you qualify however the prices i felt especially for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they provide you various alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to continue they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to spend for a month of beforehand and so which makes sense but i i believe it i was very satisfied by the rate it’s still a lot of money i understand for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy weekly or even every year but i do i have actually found i delight in 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 take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning more about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually advising they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns 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 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 respectable about asking some faith associated concerns that i was in fact really impressed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and essential to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to sort of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite quick i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i could see their proficiency i might see other reviews about them and then it was type of like try attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a great deal of questions around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re truly trying to make certain everyone is solid and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with changing um my counselor was terrific about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an unusual balance because you desire a therapist that’s difficult you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of great therapy so i believe i have not really been paired with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and e-mail etc however essentially you connect and fulfill through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the person 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 satisfy the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual website and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Michael Palladino Talkspace
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just thing that was sort of unusual was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i normally like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd type of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss however i was very pleased by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run it all and it was very reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i kind of desire i could open that up however i understand that perhaps you do not desire your private details that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i also got text reminders you understand i needed to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you know easily add it to my calendar however overall the innovation was extremely excellent you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things 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 extremely well and so i was really amazed with the general innovation the next section is the actual vice my counselor was very was very knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Michael Palladino Talkspace