I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talk Space Experience…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 counselor or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple since our church and many churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of suggest in different focuses it’s generally 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 usage focus on the family referral list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not imply i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite strong list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of 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 don’t understand five eight years ago and so i have actually been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and also marriage therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve often found therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that perhaps you’ve heard prior to however possibly you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve 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 advise and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which normally simply suggests extremely light therapy typically the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you require to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional in that area so i’m not a specialist this is just my individual viewpoint is it handy my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is obviously actually important to me due to the fact that you don’t want to recommend somebody to something and then you know maybe they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so 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 just suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was okay you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very costly especially if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply adequately priced done some other counseling and marital relationship therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite reputable organization a place that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to think what you know the complete cost is quite costly and so uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was great you know in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re typically not interacting with your trainer continuously it’s generally just around your sessions however to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a procedure for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also talk to your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to discover if you certify however the rates i felt particularly for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was extremely satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and then they offer you different alternatives 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 therefore you need to spend for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense but i i believe it i was very satisfied by the cost it’s still a lot of money i understand for a great deal of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy every week or perhaps every year but i do i have actually discovered i enjoy the point of view
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 constantly something i’m discovering myself however i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually recommending they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping routines some basic concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the questions 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 pretty good about asking some faith related concerns that i was really extremely amazed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is important to me and essential to a great deal of people um they practically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 48 hours to kind of designate you to a counselor and uh i got designated quite quick i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their competence i might see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re really trying to ensure everybody is solid and i could change my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance since you want a therapist that’s tough you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a great deal of excellent counseling so i think i have not actually been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth but essentially you communicate and meet through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information disappears at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you satisfy 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 extremely smoothly um the Talk Space Experience
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just thing that was type of odd was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i typically like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer system often isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was very impressed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist 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 by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had published a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i type of wish i might open that up however i understand that perhaps you do not desire your personal details that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i also got text suggestions you understand i needed to choose in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you know quickly include it to my calendar but overall the technology was very excellent you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked extremely well therefore i was extremely pleased with the total innovation the next area is the real vice my therapist was extremely was extremely knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talk Space Experience