I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talk Space/Deborahhayes…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you suggest a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple since our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of advise 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 difficult i’ve in the past use concentrate on the household referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their process does not suggest i i understand everyone on the list is verified however it’s a quite solid list but if you get worldwide it ends up being 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 was like i don’t understand 5 8 years ago and so i have actually been wishing to try out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and likewise marriage counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually frequently found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking since it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however maybe you required an outsider to verify so i have actually always delighted in the investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to check out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which usually simply indicates very light therapy generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we detect and after that we recommend individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you need to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional in that area so i’m not a specialist this is simply my individual viewpoint is it practical 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 huge factor the algorithm of linking you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is clearly actually essential to me due to the fact that you don’t want to suggest someone to something and after that you understand maybe they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so to begin with on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that imply it simply means a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be very expensive specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply sufficiently priced done some other counseling and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty trustworthy institution a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that just type of leads you to believe what you know the full rate is quite expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad specifically and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you know individually you’re normally not communicating with your trainer continuously it’s typically simply around your sessions however to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and simply 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 too much they asked your financial situation so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process also contact your insurance coverage company if you have it to find out if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my counselor i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they offer you different choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to spend for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense however i i believe it i was very amazed by the price it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a great deal of people um you know somebody like me i do not utilize counseling each week or even every year but i do i have actually discovered i take pleasure in the perspective
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m learning about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of really advising they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face area they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were respectable about asking some faith related concerns that i was in fact very satisfied 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 because that is very important to me and important to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to two days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got email notified it stated here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their proficiency i could see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like shot try them out and i i and i might pick to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re really attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is a weird balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s tough you however also um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a great deal of great counseling so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email and so forth however basically you communicate and meet through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual site and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talk Space/Deborahhayes
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just thing that was kind of unusual was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various areas i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i typically like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd kind of component but i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer in some cases isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was really impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i type of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that maybe you don’t desire your private information that is taking place in between counselor in your inbox i also got text tips you understand i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar however in general the innovation was really excellent you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked effectively therefore i was very impressed with the overall technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was really was very competent and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talk Space/Deborahhayes