I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Bookshelf…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 suggest a therapist 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 due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of advise 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 use concentrate on the household recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not indicate i i know everybody on the list is validated however it’s a pretty solid list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor go to this was like i do not understand 5 8 years earlier therefore i have actually been wishing to check out 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 likewise marriage counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve typically found counseling and conference with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking since it’s getting someone beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to but perhaps you required an outsider to validate so i have actually always taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to try out better help so that i can suggest and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which typically just implies really light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and then we recommend individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you require to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not a specialist this is simply my individual viewpoint is it helpful my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a big aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the actual suggestions of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is obviously truly crucial to me because you do not want to advise someone to something and after that you know perhaps they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you understand what does that indicate it just implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you know i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty trustworthy institution a place that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to believe what you know the full rate is pretty pricey and so uh 320 dollars is not bad specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was great you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re typically not communicating with your instructor constantly it’s generally simply around your sessions but to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my counselor 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 qualify for less i didn’t go through that process likewise talk to your insurance coverage provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the prices i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was very impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they give you different options when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly therefore you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense but i i think it i was really amazed by the rate it’s still a lot of cash i know for a great deal of individuals um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy every week and even every year however i do i have discovered i take pleasure in the point of view
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general questions that are all quite 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 associated concerns that i was in fact very satisfied with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is very important to me and essential to a great deal of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to two days to kind of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i might see their proficiency i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was type of like try attempt them out and i i and i could pick to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to make certain everyone is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no problem with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you know 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 know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a great deal of good therapy so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however basically you engage and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you set up whatever 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 fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Bookshelf
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just thing that was kind of unusual was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i normally like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek kind of component however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very amazed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the website to see things i sort of dream i could open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not desire your personal details that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you understand i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however in general the technology was really outstanding 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 indicate it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively therefore i was very amazed with the overall innovation the next area is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was very competent and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Bookshelf