I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Dr Phil…as somebody who handles 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 understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple because our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of suggest in different focuses it’s typically people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family recommendation list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not mean i i know everyone on the list is verified but it’s a pretty strong list but if you get globally it becomes 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 go to this resembled i do not understand five 8 years back and so i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently found therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking because it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you have actually heard before but perhaps you required an outsider to confirm so i’ve always delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to try better help so that i can advise and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which typically simply means very light counseling usually the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we suggest people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you require to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a professional in that location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual viewpoint is it practical my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the real guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is undoubtedly actually important to me since you do not wish to recommend somebody to something and then you know perhaps they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore first off on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you understand what does that imply it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be very expensive specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite trusted organization a place that was popular published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to think what you understand the complete cost is pretty expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad particularly and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was great you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re normally not interacting with your instructor continually it’s typically just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my therapist was respectable at checking 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 if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise consult your insurance supplier if you have it to learn if you qualify however the rates i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they offer you various alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to continue on they do charge you monthly therefore you have to pay for a month of ahead of time and so that makes sense however i i think it i was really impressed by the rate it’s still a lot of cash i know for a lot of people um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy each week or perhaps every year but i do i have found i enjoy the point of view
um every five years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re searching for to leave therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some general questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the questions were strong um ultimately 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 concerns that i was really really amazed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is essential to me and important to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 2 days to sort of designate you to a counselor and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email alerted it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their competence i might see other evaluations about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wished to and even when you quit 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 appear i suggest they’re they’re truly attempting to make certain everyone is strong and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no concern with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance because you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you understand somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of great therapy so i think i haven’t really been paired with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however basically you meet and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data disappears at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual website and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Dr Phil
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only thing that was type of odd was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i typically like to double check it’s utilizing the right 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 stuff or like you understand uh software resting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss however i was extremely amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was really 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 reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of wish i could open that up however i understand that maybe you don’t want your personal details that is occurring in between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i had to choose in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you understand easily add it to my calendar however overall the technology was extremely outstanding you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked extremely well therefore i was really satisfied with the general technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was really skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Dr Phil