I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Anonymous…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you recommend a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine easy due to the fact that our church and a lot of churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind 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 concentrate on the family recommendation list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their process does not mean i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a pretty strong list but if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor see this resembled i do not understand 5 eight years back and so i have actually been wanting to try out 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 marriage counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve frequently discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking since it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that maybe you’ve heard before but possibly you needed an outsider to confirm so i have actually always enjoyed the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try out better help so that i can advise and type of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which generally just implies very light counseling usually the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you require to go procedure with someone that’s a bit more of a professional because location so i’m not a professional this is simply my individual opinion is it helpful my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a huge aspect the algorithm of linking you to an actual counselor the innovation how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith component which is obviously actually essential to me due to the fact that you do not wish to recommend somebody to something and after that you understand maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore 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 know what does that imply it just means a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be extremely expensive especially 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 therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite respectable organization a place 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 type of leads you to believe what you understand the complete rate is quite costly therefore uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was great you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re usually not interacting with your instructor continually it’s usually just around your sessions however to construct a routine 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 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 excessive they asked your financial scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise check with your insurance company if you have it to find out if you qualify however the prices i felt especially for the um the expertise of my therapist i was extremely satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to continue on they do charge you regular monthly therefore you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense but i i believe it i was really impressed by the rate it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy weekly or perhaps every year however i do i have discovered i take pleasure in the viewpoint
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some youth uh such things that occur in my childhood i there’s always something i’m discovering myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of really advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re searching for to leave therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the concerns were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll speak 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 very impressed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is important to me and important to a great deal of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to sort of designate you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i could see their knowledge i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was kind of like try attempt them out and i i and i might choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re truly trying to ensure everyone is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no problem with changing um my therapist was terrific about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s difficult you however also um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of excellent therapy so i think i have not really been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc however basically you meet and connect through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information disappears a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the actual website and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Anonymous
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just thing that was sort of odd was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i normally like to check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek sort of aspect 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 sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was extremely impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was really reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message but because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that perhaps you do not want your private information that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar but in general the innovation was very outstanding you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked very well and so i was really impressed with the overall innovation the next section is the real vice my therapist was extremely was really experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Anonymous