I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Rival…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you advise a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple because 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 typically 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 concentrate on the household referral list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not indicate i i know everyone on the list is verified but it’s a quite strong list but if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor check out this was like i do not know 5 8 years back and so i’ve been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually often found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking since it’s getting somebody outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to but possibly you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally simply indicates really light counseling typically the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest 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 bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not a professional this is just my individual viewpoint is it practical my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a big aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the innovation how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is undoubtedly truly important to me because you do not wish to suggest someone to something and after that you know perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore to begin with on cost 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 indicate it just indicates a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be really expensive particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they have actually 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 just adequately priced done some other counseling and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a pretty trustworthy institution a location that was popular released the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply sort of leads you to think what you know the complete cost is pretty pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re usually not communicating with your trainer continually it’s typically just around your sessions but to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a process for you to get a discount 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 also contact your insurance provider if you have it to discover if you qualify but the pricing i felt specifically for the um the expertise of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you various choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to continue on they do charge you monthly and so you have to spend for a month of in advance and so which makes sense however i i think it i was very satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i understand for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i do not use counseling every week and even every year but i do i have actually discovered i take pleasure in the point of view
um every 5 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 always something i’m discovering myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of actually recommending they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re searching for to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately 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 related questions that i was actually really pleased with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is very important to me and crucial to a great deal of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to sort of designate you to a therapist and uh i got assigned pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their expertise i could see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i could pick to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re great at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re really attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i might change my therapist at any time there was no concern with altering um my counselor was great about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is a weird balance since you desire a therapist that’s difficult you however likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of good therapy so i think i haven’t actually been paired up with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth but essentially you satisfy and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real site and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very smoothly um the Talkspace Rival
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only thing that was sort of weird was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different locations i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i usually like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort 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 sometimes isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often 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 it all and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had posted a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that maybe you do not desire your personal info that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you understand i had to decide in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know quickly include it to my calendar however in general the technology was extremely excellent you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked very well and so i was extremely satisfied with the overall technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was extremely experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Rival