I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Banner…as somebody 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 counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy since our church and many churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend in various focuses it’s typically individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past use concentrate on the household recommendation list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t suggest i i understand everybody on the list is verified however it’s a quite solid list however if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to pay attention to online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional see this resembled i don’t understand five 8 years back and so i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve typically found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking since it’s getting somebody outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that possibly you have actually heard prior to but perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i’ve always delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to check out better help so that i can suggest and kind of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally just implies extremely light counseling typically the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you need to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not a specialist this is just my personal opinion is it helpful my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly truly essential to me because you do not wish to suggest somebody to something and then you understand perhaps they they affirm something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so to begin with on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that imply it just implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be really pricey particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they have actually 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 just adequately priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a quite trusted organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that simply sort of leads you to believe what you understand the complete rate is quite costly and so uh 320 dollars is okay especially and we’ll speak 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 understand individually you’re typically not interacting with your trainer continually it’s generally simply around your sessions however to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure also contact your insurance company if you have it to find out if you certify however the prices i felt especially for the um the competence of my counselor i was very amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they provide you various options when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly therefore you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense however i i think it i was very satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a lot of individuals um you understand someone like me i do not utilize therapy every week or even every year but i do i have actually found i enjoy the point of view
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of really suggesting 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 searching for to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought 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 pretty good about asking some faith associated concerns that i was in fact extremely pleased with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and crucial to a great deal of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite quick i believe it was within 24 hours got email notified 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 then it was kind of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might select to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re great 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 mean they’re they’re truly trying to ensure everybody is strong and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my counselor was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an unusual balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s tough you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of great therapy so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth however basically you connect and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data goes away at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual website and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Banner
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just thing that was kind of strange was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i usually like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of aspect however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was extremely amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was extremely effective 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 that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i needed to always click onto the site to see things i kind of wish i could open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not want your personal information that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you know easily include it to my calendar however overall the innovation was extremely outstanding you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well and so i was extremely impressed with the general innovation the next section is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was really knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Banner