I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Informed Consent…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy since our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in different focuses it’s usually 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 normally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure doesn’t imply i i understand everybody on the list is validated however it’s a pretty solid list but if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to focus on online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor check out this resembled i don’t know 5 eight years earlier therefore i have actually been wishing to check out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and likewise marriage therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually often found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to check out better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which typically simply indicates extremely light counseling normally the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of a specialist because area so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal opinion is it valuable my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is certainly truly crucial to me due to the fact that you don’t want to advise somebody to something and then you know possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore to begin with on price 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 suggest it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite reliable institution a location that was well known released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that just sort of leads you to think what you know the full cost is pretty costly and so uh 320 bucks is not bad particularly and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was great you know in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re usually not connecting with your instructor constantly it’s normally just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at signing 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 if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance service provider if you have it to find out if you qualify but the prices i felt especially for the um the competence of my therapist i was really amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they provide you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you want to continue they do charge you monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was very pleased by the rate it’s still a lot of money i know for a great deal of people um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy weekly or even every year but i do i have actually discovered i enjoy the perspective
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some youth uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually advising they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping practices some basic concerns that are all pretty basic 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 pretty good about asking some faith associated concerns that i was in fact extremely impressed 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 a person since that is essential to me and important to a great deal of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to kind of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got email informed it stated here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their know-how i could see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i could pick to have someone else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to make sure everybody is strong and i might change my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my counselor was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s tough you but also um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of great counseling so i believe i have not actually been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you meet and connect through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Informed Consent
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only thing that was kind of odd was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i couldn’t determine how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i normally like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of aspect however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes 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 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 e-mails that he had posted a message but because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i type of desire i might open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not want your personal details that is happening between therapist in your inbox i also got text tips you understand i had to decide in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar but overall the innovation was very remarkable you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure before our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively and so i was really impressed with the total technology the next area is the real vice my counselor was very was extremely experienced and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Informed Consent