I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Life Coach…as somebody who deals with 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 hard you understand 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 like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in different focuses it’s generally people 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 usually agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not mean i i know everyone on the list is confirmed however it’s a pretty solid list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this was like i do not understand five 8 years ago and so i have actually been wanting to check out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve typically discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking since it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that possibly you have actually heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually always delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can suggest and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which usually just indicates very light therapy usually the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we identify and then we recommend individuals and we are constantly 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 an expert in that location so i’m not a professional this is simply my individual viewpoint is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to 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 counselor the technology how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is obviously really essential to me because you do not want to advise somebody to something and after that you know possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore first of all on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that suggest it just means a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very costly specifically if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty reliable institution 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 sort of leads you to believe what you know the complete cost is quite expensive and so uh 320 dollars is okay especially and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re normally not communicating with your instructor continually it’s typically just around your sessions but to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and just 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 financial circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure also talk to your insurance supplier if you have it to discover if you qualify but the rates i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my counselor i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they provide you various options when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to continue on they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to spend for a month of beforehand therefore that makes sense but i i believe it i was extremely satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of people um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually found i delight in the point of view
um every five years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re searching for to get out of 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 pretty standard um i and i thought the questions were solid um ultimately 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 respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was actually very amazed 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 because that is necessary to me and crucial to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to kind of assign you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite fast i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their know-how i might see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like try attempt them out and i i and i might pick to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re actually attempting to ensure everyone is strong and i could change my therapist at any time there was no problem with changing um my therapist was great about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but also um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i’ve benefited from a great deal of excellent counseling so i think i haven’t actually been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email etc however essentially you fulfill and engage through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information disappears at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual website and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Talkspace Life Coach
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only thing that was type of odd was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the various areas i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some better gear i normally like to double check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss however i was extremely amazed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to always click onto the site to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your private information that is occurring in between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you understand i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however in general the technology was really outstanding you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked effectively therefore i was extremely pleased with the general innovation the next area is the real vice my counselor was extremely was really experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Life Coach