I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Michael Phel[S…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 suggest a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and most churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of advise 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 difficult i’ve in the past usage focus on the family recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not imply i i understand everyone on the list is validated however it’s a quite strong list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to focus on online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor go to this resembled i don’t understand five eight years ago and so i have actually been wanting to try out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marriage therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as type 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 usually see things that possibly you’ve heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to check out better help so that i can advise and kind of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which typically simply indicates extremely light therapy normally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we identify and then we advise people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you require to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of a specialist because location so i’m not a specialist this is just my individual opinion is it valuable my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the innovation how did that go the real guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly actually important to me because you do not want to recommend somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not 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 which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you understand what does that mean it simply means a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the rate was not bad you know i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be extremely pricey specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve 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 marital relationship therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a pretty trusted organization a place that was well known released 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 bucks is not bad especially and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand separately you’re usually not connecting with your trainer continuously it’s typically simply around your sessions however to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i actually liked and my therapist was respectable at signing 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 rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your monetary situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise check with your insurance company if you have it to discover if you qualify but the prices i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my therapist i was very amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they provide you various choices when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you need to spend for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense but i i think it i was very impressed by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of people um you know someone like me i do not utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually found i enjoy the point of view
um every five years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some basic questions that are all quite standard um i and i thought the questions were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll talk about 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 concerns that i was actually extremely impressed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person because that is essential to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 48 hours to type of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite fast i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it stated here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their proficiency i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was sort 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 lot of questions around you understand 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 everyone is solid and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was terrific about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but also um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of good counseling so i believe i have not actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc but essentially you satisfy and engage through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that data goes away at least access from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Talkspace Michael Phel[S
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only thing that was type of weird was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i couldn’t find out how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i generally like to check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was extremely impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run all of it and it was really reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails 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 had to always click onto the website to see things i type of dream i might open that up but i understand that perhaps you don’t desire your personal info that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text tips you understand i needed to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar but in general the technology was very outstanding you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was very pleased with the general technology the next section is the actual vice my therapist was very was extremely skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Michael Phel[S