I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Medium…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy since our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of recommend in different focuses it’s generally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the household recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not mean i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a quite solid list however if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to take notice of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician see this resembled i do not know 5 8 years ago and so i have actually been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marriage therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve frequently discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking since it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can suggest and kind of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which normally simply implies really light counseling usually the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not an expert this is just my personal viewpoint is it valuable my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to take a 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 innovation how did that go the real guidance of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is undoubtedly actually important to me because you don’t wish to advise somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course and so first of all on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that indicate it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the price was not bad you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be really costly particularly if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually 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 simply properly priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite reliable 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 sort of leads you to think what you understand the complete cost is pretty pricey and so uh 320 bucks is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re typically not communicating with your instructor continually it’s generally just around your sessions but to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and simply 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 situation so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise consult your insurance coverage company if you have it to find out if you qualify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they offer you various choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly therefore you have to spend for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense but i i think it i was very satisfied by the rate it’s still a lot of money i know for a lot of people um you know somebody like me i do not utilize counseling every week or even every year however i do i have actually discovered i take pleasure in the point of view
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 occur in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning more about myself but i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually recommending they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the questions were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll speak about 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 questions that i was really very pleased with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and essential to a great deal of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite quick i think it was within 24 hours got email informed it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i could see their expertise i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was kind of like shot try them out and i i and i might pick to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re actually trying to make certain everybody is strong and i might change my counselor at any time there was no problem with changing um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is a strange balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s challenging you but also um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of excellent counseling so i believe i haven’t really been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email etc however basically you fulfill and interact through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data disappears at least access from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual website and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Medium
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just thing that was kind of odd was typically you can alter 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 gear i typically like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek sort of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was very impressed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run all of it and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him via 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 remained in my e-mail i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that perhaps you don’t want your personal information that is taking place in between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you know i had to decide in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly include it to my calendar but in general the technology was really outstanding you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked very well therefore i was extremely satisfied with the total technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was very competent and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Medium