I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Children…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you advise a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine easy since our church and many churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of recommend in various focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the household recommendation list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t indicate i i understand everybody on the list is validated however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this resembled i don’t understand five 8 years ago therefore i have actually been wishing to try betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve often discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking since it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you have actually heard prior to however possibly you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can advise and kind of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which usually just implies really light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and then we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not a professional this is just my individual opinion is it valuable my experience and so there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a big aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the real advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is undoubtedly truly crucial to me because you don’t wish to suggest someone to something and then you know maybe 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 unrestricted messaging which you know what does that indicate it just implies a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was not bad you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey especially if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually 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 just properly priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable organization a place that was well known released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply type of leads you to believe what you know the complete rate is pretty pricey therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad specifically and we’ll discuss 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 understand separately you’re normally not interacting with your trainer constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling 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 process likewise talk to your insurance company if you have it to learn if you certify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was extremely impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various options when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to continue on they do charge you monthly and so you have to spend for a month of beforehand and so that makes sense however i i believe it i was very amazed by the cost it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of people um you know someone like me i don’t utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually found i delight in the perspective
um every five years or two 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 always something i’m learning more about myself however i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of really advising 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 looking for to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping routines some general concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the questions were strong 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 respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was actually really amazed with i wasn’t expecting 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 important to me and important to a great deal of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 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 notified it stated here’s the person i saw an image a bio i might see their knowledge i might see other reviews about them and then it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent 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 imply they’re they’re really trying to ensure everyone is solid and i might change my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is a weird balance since you desire a therapist that’s tough you but also um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of great counseling so i think i have not truly been paired with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth but essentially you communicate and satisfy through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information disappears at least access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual website and the video was great um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Children
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only thing that was kind of weird was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i usually like to double check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd kind of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer often isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss however i was very impressed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run everything and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message but because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i might open that up but i comprehend that possibly you do not want your private information that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you know i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you know quickly include it to my calendar but overall the technology was really impressive you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked very well therefore i was really impressed with the overall innovation the next area is the actual vice my counselor was very was extremely knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Children