I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Banner Ad…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you advise a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among 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 sort of advise in various focuses it’s generally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the family recommendation list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i understand everyone on the list is validated however it’s a quite solid list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to take notice of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional check out this was like i do not understand five eight years earlier and so i’ve been wishing to try betterhelp.com therefore 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 counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually often found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking because it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you have actually heard prior to but perhaps you required an outsider to verify so i’ve constantly enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to try out better help so that i can advise and type 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 simply suggests really light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we identify and after that we recommend individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you require to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist because area so i’m not a specialist this is simply my personal opinion is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a huge factor the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is obviously actually crucial to me since you don’t wish to advise somebody to something and then you know perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course and so to begin with on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that suggest it simply means a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was okay you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be extremely expensive especially if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a quite trustworthy organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to think what you know the full price is quite expensive and so uh 320 dollars is not bad especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know individually you’re generally not engaging with your trainer constantly it’s typically just around your sessions however to develop a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process likewise check with your insurance supplier if you have it to learn if you qualify but the pricing i felt especially for the um the know-how of my counselor i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they offer 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 advance they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to pay for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely satisfied by the rate it’s still a lot of money i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not use counseling each week and even every year but i do i have actually discovered i delight in the perspective
um every five years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some youth uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re trying to find to leave therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately 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 concerns that i was in fact really satisfied with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is necessary to me and important to a great deal of people um they practically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to two days to kind of designate you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite fast i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their competence i could see other reviews about them and after that it was type of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re great at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re really trying to ensure everybody is strong and i could change my therapist at any time there was no concern with changing um my therapist was great about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance since you want a therapist that’s difficult 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 gained from a lot of good therapy so i believe i haven’t truly been paired with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email etc however essentially you communicate and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Banner Ad
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just thing that was type of strange was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the different locations i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i generally like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer in some cases isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was really satisfied 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 really effective 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 however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of wish i could open that up however i understand that perhaps you don’t desire your personal information that is happening between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you understand i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was extremely impressive you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively and so i was very impressed with the overall technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was really experienced and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Banner Ad