I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Research Assistant…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you recommend 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 real simple due to the fact that our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in different focuses it’s usually people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past usage focus on the family referral list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not imply i i know everyone on the list is confirmed however it’s a pretty solid list however if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to take notice of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician check out this resembled i do not know 5 8 years ago and so i have actually been wanting to try 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 individually and also marriage therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually frequently discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking since it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that possibly you have actually heard prior to but maybe you needed an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to check out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which normally simply means very light counseling typically the way 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 identify and then we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you need to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional because area so i’m not a specialist this is simply my personal viewpoint is it practical my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting 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 aspect which is certainly actually important to me since you do not wish to advise someone to something and after that you understand maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t 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 limitless messaging which you understand what does that imply it just indicates a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite credible organization a place that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply kind of leads you to believe what you understand the full cost is pretty pricey and so uh 320 bucks is not bad particularly and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was excellent you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re typically not engaging with your instructor continuously it’s normally simply around your sessions however to develop a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply 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 excessive they asked your monetary scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance company if you have it to find out if you qualify but the pricing i felt specifically for the um the knowledge of my counselor i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you different alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you monthly and so you need to pay for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense but i i believe it i was very pleased by the price it’s still a lot of cash i know for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i do not utilize therapy weekly or even every year but i do i have actually found i take pleasure in the perspective
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially 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 number two the algorithm of really recommending they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re searching for to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic concerns that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the concerns were strong 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 concerns that i was really 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 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 two days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their know-how i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was type of like shot try them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re actually attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no concern with changing um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is an unusual balance because you desire a counselor that’s challenging you however also um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a lot of great counseling so i believe i haven’t truly 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 technology everything happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc but basically you meet and connect through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that data disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real website and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Research Assistant
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just thing that was sort of strange was generally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the different locations i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some better gear i normally like to check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek sort of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer in some cases isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was really pleased by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run everything and it was very reliable 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 factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i sort of desire i could open that up however i comprehend that perhaps you do not desire your private info that is happening between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was really excellent you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well and so i was really impressed with the general technology the next section is the real vice my counselor was really was extremely experienced and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Research Assistant