I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace/Michael…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 suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be hard you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of suggest 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 tough i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the family referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their process does not indicate i i know everybody on the list is validated however it’s a quite strong list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to take notice of online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor visit this was like i do not know 5 eight years back and so i have actually been wanting to try out betterhelp.com and so 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 also marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve frequently found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type 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 typically see things that possibly you’ve heard prior to but maybe you needed an outsider to validate so i have actually always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try out better help so that i can recommend and kind of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which usually simply means extremely light therapy usually the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you require to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist because area so i’m not a professional this is simply my individual viewpoint is it valuable my experience therefore there’s 5 locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a huge 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 element which is certainly truly crucial to me due to the fact that you do not want to advise someone to something and after that you understand maybe they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore to begin with on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that imply it simply implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey especially 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 adequately priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable institution a place that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to believe what you understand the full price is pretty pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was great you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re typically not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to construct a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also consult your insurance company if you have it to find out 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 therefore um and then they provide you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you need to spend for a month of beforehand and so which makes sense however i i think it i was really pleased by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i understand 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 found i delight in the point of view
um every five years approximately 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 discovering myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of in fact advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re looking for to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some general concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll talk about 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 related concerns that i was actually extremely pleased 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 since that is very important to me and important to a great deal of people um they practically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to type of designate you to a counselor and uh i got assigned quite quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail alerted it said here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their knowledge i could see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a lot of concerns around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i imply they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everybody is strong and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance since you want a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a great deal of good counseling so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you connect and satisfy through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a personal chat with the individual 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 kind of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very smoothly um the Talkspace/Michael
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only thing that was kind of strange was generally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some better gear i generally like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run it all and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i needed to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of desire i could open that up however i comprehend that perhaps you don’t want your private information that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i had to decide in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know quickly add it to my calendar however overall the innovation was very remarkable you understand my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well therefore i was very impressed with the general innovation the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was extremely skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace/Michael