I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Crissles…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you recommend 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 genuine easy due to the fact that our church and many churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of suggest in various 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 difficult i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the household recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t indicate i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite solid list but if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician see this resembled i don’t know five eight years back therefore i’ve been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and likewise marriage counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that perhaps you have actually heard before but perhaps you required an outsider to verify so i have actually always enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to try out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which typically just means very light therapy usually the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we detect and then we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you need to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not a specialist this is simply my individual opinion is it valuable my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a huge factor 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 element which is clearly truly crucial to me because you don’t want to advise somebody to something and then 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 and so first off on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that indicate it simply suggests a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the price was okay you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely pricey especially if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty credible institution a place that was popular released the the couple with the published 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 complete price is pretty expensive and so uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the assistance was excellent you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re normally not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions but to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my therapist was pretty good 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 monetary scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also consult your insurance service provider if you have it to discover if you qualify however the prices i felt specifically for the um the know-how of my therapist i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and then they provide you different options when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly and so you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense however i i believe it i was really impressed by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy each week and 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 especially because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of in fact advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re looking for to leave therapy they inquire 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 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 respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was in fact really pleased 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 an individual since that is necessary to me and essential to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to two days to type of assign you to a counselor and uh i got designated pretty fast i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i could see their expertise i could see other reviews about them and then it was type of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everybody is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no issue with changing um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is an odd balance because you want 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 pretty um benefit i’ve gained from a lot of great therapy so i believe i haven’t actually been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc however basically you communicate and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information disappears at least access from your end and but for example you set up everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Crissles
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just thing that was kind of strange was usually you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i typically like to check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd kind of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was really amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was really effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had actually published a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i type of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that possibly you do not desire your personal details that is taking place in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you understand i had to choose in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know easily add it to my calendar but in general the technology was extremely remarkable you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked effectively and so i was really pleased with the overall technology the next area is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was very experienced and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Crissles