I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Employee Assistance Program…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you advise a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine easy due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of suggest in different 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 use concentrate on the family referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t imply i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a pretty solid list however if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor visit this was like i don’t understand five eight years back therefore i’ve been wanting to try 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 individually and likewise marriage therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve frequently discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking because it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that maybe you’ve heard before but possibly you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually always enjoyed the investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try better help so that i can suggest 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 typically just indicates really light counseling normally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and after that we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of an expert in that area so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal opinion is it practical my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to 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 actual advice of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is undoubtedly actually essential to me since you do not want to advise someone to something and then you know maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church does not 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 unlimited messaging which you know what does that indicate it just suggests a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive particularly if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a pretty respectable organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply kind of leads you to think what you understand the complete cost is quite expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was excellent you understand in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you know separately you’re normally not engaging with your trainer continually it’s usually just around your sessions however to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my therapist was respectable at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial scenario so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process likewise consult your insurance coverage provider if you have it to discover if you qualify however the prices i felt especially for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they offer you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to continue on they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so that makes sense however i i think it i was extremely pleased by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i understand for a great deal of people um you know somebody like me i do not use therapy each week or even every year but i do i have discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever visited you know mail age what you’re searching for to get out of counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the concerns were solid 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 questions that i was really extremely 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 basically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to sort of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got designated pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their competence i could see other reviews about them and then it was type of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might pick to have someone 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 mean they’re they’re actually attempting to ensure everybody is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is a weird balance because you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i’ve benefited from a great deal of good counseling so i think i haven’t truly been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and e-mail etc but essentially you engage and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual website and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace Employee Assistance Program
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only thing that was kind of weird was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i normally like to double check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek sort of component however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software application resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as excellent you know 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 impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had posted a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of dream i could open that up however i comprehend that maybe you do not desire your personal info that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i had to choose in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however overall the technology was very excellent you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process before our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was extremely pleased with the general technology the next area is the real vice my counselor was really was very skilled and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Employee Assistance Program