I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Cabada…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you suggest a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be hard you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of advise in various focuses it’s generally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be difficult i’ve in the past use focus on the family referral list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t indicate i i understand everyone on the list is validated but it’s a pretty solid list however if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i have actually begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor check out this was like i don’t know five 8 years ago and so i have actually been wishing to try out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and also marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually typically found therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking because it’s getting somebody outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however perhaps you needed an outsider to confirm so i have actually constantly enjoyed the financial investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to try out 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 experienced um which normally just implies extremely light counseling typically the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and after that we recommend individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal opinion is it useful my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a huge element the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is obviously truly essential to me because you do not want to advise someone to something and then you understand maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first of all on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you understand what does that mean it just means a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite respectable institution a location that was popular released the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that just type of leads you to believe what you know the full rate is quite expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad especially and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was great you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s generally simply around your sessions but to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also talk to your insurance company if you have it to learn if you qualify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was extremely satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they offer you different choices when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly therefore you have to pay for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense however i i think it i was extremely amazed by the rate it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize counseling weekly or even every year however i do i have actually found i enjoy the viewpoint
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some youth uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you know 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 quite basic um i and i believed the questions were strong 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 pretty good about asking some faith associated concerns that i was actually extremely 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 necessary to me and important to a lot of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 2 days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got assigned pretty fast i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their knowledge i could see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like try attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a lot of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everyone is strong and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is a strange balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s tough you but also um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a great deal of excellent counseling so i think i have not really been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc however essentially you meet and communicate through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor 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 innovation it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual site and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Talkspace Cabada
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just thing that was sort of weird was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i generally like to check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek sort of component but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software sitting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as great you understand 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 therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run everything and it was very effective 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 that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that perhaps you don’t desire your personal info that is happening between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you understand i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was extremely outstanding you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked very well and so i was very pleased with the general innovation the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was very experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Cabada