I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talk Space/Michael…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you advise a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine easy because our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of advise 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 usage focus on the household recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not mean i i know everyone on the list is validated however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to take notice 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 wishing to try 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 benefit i’ve typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that possibly you’ve heard prior to but perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i’ve always taken pleasure in the investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which normally simply indicates very light counseling typically the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we identify and after that we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you require to go procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional in that area so i’m not a professional this is just my personal opinion is it useful my experience and so there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is obviously really crucial to me because you do not wish to advise someone to something and then you understand perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first off on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that indicate it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was not bad you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be really expensive specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite reliable institution a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that just sort of leads you to think what you know the complete rate is quite expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is okay especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re typically not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise check with your insurance company if you have it to learn if you certify but the pricing i felt specifically for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was extremely impressed what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they offer you various choices when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you regular monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of in advance and so which makes sense but i i think it i was very amazed by the rate it’s still a lot of money i understand for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i don’t utilize counseling each week or even every year however i do i have discovered i delight in the point of view
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of actually recommending they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking 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 quite standard um i and i thought the questions were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll talk about 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 questions that i was actually extremely amazed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location but 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 great deal of people um they basically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to two days to kind of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail alerted it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their expertise i could see other evaluations 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 wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of questions around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everybody is strong and i could change my counselor 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 questions which is a weird balance since you desire a therapist that’s challenging you however also um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a lot of great therapy so i believe i have not truly been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth however basically you interact and satisfy through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talk Space/Michael
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just thing that was kind of strange was generally 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 better equipment i typically like to check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software resting on your computer system often isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was really impressed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run all of it and it was very efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually published a message however because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i could open that up however i understand that possibly you don’t desire your personal information that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you know i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you know easily add it to my calendar however overall the innovation was very impressive you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked extremely well and so i was really impressed with the total technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was extremely knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talk Space/Michael