I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Manager…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine easy since our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind 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 hard i’ve in the past usage focus on the household recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not suggest i i understand everybody on the list is validated however it’s a quite solid list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i’ve 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 resembled i do not know 5 eight years earlier and so i’ve been wishing to experiment with 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 individually and likewise marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that possibly you’ve heard prior to however possibly 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 experiment with better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which generally simply suggests very light therapy generally the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you require to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of a professional in that location so i’m not a specialist this is just my individual opinion is it practical 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 pricing which is a huge factor the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the innovation how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is obviously truly crucial to me because you don’t wish to advise someone to something and then you know maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore first of all on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you understand what does that suggest it simply indicates a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be really expensive specifically 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 properly priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite trustworthy organization a location 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 just type of leads you to believe what you know the full rate is quite pricey and so uh 320 bucks is okay particularly and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re usually not interacting with your trainer continually it’s usually simply around your sessions however to construct a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good 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 monetary scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process likewise talk to your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to learn if you certify but the prices i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my counselor i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they give you various choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to pay for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely satisfied by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i understand for a great deal of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize counseling every week or even every year but i do i have actually found 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 childhood i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some basic questions that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the concerns were strong 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 related concerns that i was in fact really pleased with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person because that is necessary to me and crucial to a great deal of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to kind of assign you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their competence i might see other reviews about them and then it was type of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re really attempting to ensure everybody is strong and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is an odd balance because you want a therapist that’s challenging you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of good counseling so i believe i haven’t truly been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email etc but basically you meet and interact through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Manager
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only thing that was kind of weird was usually you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different locations i could not find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i usually like to double check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek kind of component however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software application resting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was really amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to understand how to run everything 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 posted a message however because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the site to see things i type of dream i could open that up however i comprehend that perhaps you don’t want your personal details that is taking place in between counselor in your inbox i also got text tips you know i needed to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar but in general the technology was extremely remarkable you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked extremely well and so i was really impressed with the overall 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 great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Manager