I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Charges…as someone 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 therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy since our church and many churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in different focuses it’s usually 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 generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not suggest i i understand everyone on the list is verified but it’s a pretty strong list but if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to focus on online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor see this was like i do not know five eight years back therefore i have actually been wishing to experiment with 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 separately and likewise marriage therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve often found counseling and conference with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking due to the fact that 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 before but possibly you needed an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to check out better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which usually just indicates extremely light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you need to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of an expert because area so i’m not a specialist this is simply my personal viewpoint is it practical my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a 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 counselor the innovation how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is obviously truly important to me since you do not wish to advise someone to something and after that you understand perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first of all on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you understand what does that imply it just implies a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be really costly specifically if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they have actually 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 simply adequately priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite reputable institution a place that was popular released the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that just kind of leads you to believe what you understand the full price is pretty pricey therefore uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re usually not engaging with your trainer constantly it’s generally simply around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my therapist was respectable at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise talk to your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to find out if you certify but the pricing i felt particularly for the um the knowledge of my counselor i was very pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you different alternatives when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you monthly and so you have to spend for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i think it i was very pleased by the rate it’s still a lot of money i understand for a lot of people um you know someone like me i don’t utilize counseling weekly or perhaps every year however i do i have discovered i take pleasure in the viewpoint
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 always something i’m discovering myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some basic concerns that are all quite basic um i and i believed the concerns were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was actually really impressed 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 since that is important to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to kind of appoint you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it stated here’s the person i saw an image a bio i could see their knowledge i might see other reviews about them and then it was kind of like shot try them out and i i and i could select to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re actually attempting to ensure everybody is strong and i might change my counselor at any time there was no problem with changing um my therapist was excellent about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is a weird balance since you desire a counselor that’s challenging you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of great counseling so i think i have not truly been paired up with somebody that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email and so forth but essentially you communicate and fulfill through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you satisfy the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was great um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace Charges
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just thing that was sort of unusual was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various locations i couldn’t determine how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i usually like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd kind of aspect however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was very amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run it all and it was very 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 factors that makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to always click onto the site to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that perhaps you do not want your personal details that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i also got text reminders you know i needed to choose in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand easily include it to my calendar but in general the innovation was really impressive you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first meeting 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 very pleased with the general technology the next section is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was extremely competent and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Charges