I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Chief Medical Officer…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of advise 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 difficult i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family recommendation list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t suggest i i know everyone on the list is confirmed however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this resembled i do not know five eight years earlier and so i’ve been wanting to try betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished 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 benefit i’ve frequently found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind 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 usually see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however maybe you required an outsider to confirm so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try better help so that i can recommend and kind of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which typically just means really light counseling typically the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we identify and after that we suggest individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location 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 just my personal viewpoint is it valuable my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is clearly actually important to me due to the fact that you do not want to suggest someone to something and then you understand possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that suggest it just implies a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was okay you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive particularly if you’re getting somebody 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 therapy a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite credible organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply type of leads you to think what you know the full price is quite expensive and so uh 320 dollars is not bad specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not interacting with your instructor continuously 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 truly liked and my counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying 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 circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure also talk to your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the rates i felt especially for the um the competence of my therapist i was very amazed what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they offer you various alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to continue they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely satisfied by the rate it’s still a lot of money i know for a great deal of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t utilize counseling each week or perhaps every year but i do i have actually discovered i enjoy the point of view
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of really recommending they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re looking for to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i thought the questions were strong um eventually they do get in we’ll discuss 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 questions that i was in fact very amazed 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 an individual because that is essential to me and important to a lot of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to sort of designate you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their knowledge i could see other evaluations about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i could pick to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you stop 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 show up i imply they’re they’re really attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no issue with changing um my therapist was great about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is an unusual balance because you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of excellent counseling so i think 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 innovation everything occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc but basically you meet and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you schedule whatever within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Chief Medical Officer
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only thing that was sort of odd was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different locations i couldn’t find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i generally like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek type of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was very satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had published a message however because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of wish i could open that up but i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your personal info that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you understand i needed to decide in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand easily add it to my calendar but overall the technology was very remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked very well and so i was very amazed with the total technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was really was very proficient and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Chief Medical Officer