I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Shapiro…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you advise a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine easy because our church and a lot of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in different focuses it’s typically 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 use focus on the household referral list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not imply i i know everyone on the list is verified however it’s a quite solid list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional see this was like i don’t know 5 eight years back and so i’ve been wishing to check out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually typically discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that possibly you have actually heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually always enjoyed the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try better help so that i can suggest and type 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 normally simply indicates really light therapy generally the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest 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 bit more of an expert in that area so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal viewpoint is it practical my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a huge element the algorithm of linking you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the real advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is certainly really crucial to me since you don’t want to advise somebody to something and then you know possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so to begin with on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that suggest it just means a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be really costly especially if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a pretty credible organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that simply kind of leads you to believe what you know the complete price is pretty expensive and so uh 320 dollars is not bad specifically and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was excellent you understand in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re generally not engaging with your instructor continually it’s generally 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 counselor was pretty good at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure also consult your insurance coverage provider if you have it to find out if you certify however the rates i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they offer you various options when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of in advance and so which makes sense but i i think it i was extremely impressed by the price it’s still a lot of cash i know for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i don’t utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually discovered i take pleasure in the viewpoint
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 occur in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever logged in 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 routines some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i thought the questions were strong um ultimately they do get in we’ll speak 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 in fact extremely amazed 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 because that is important to me and important to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to two days to sort of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite fast i think it was within 24 hr got email alerted it stated 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 sort of like shot attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re truly trying to ensure everybody is strong and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance because you want a counselor that’s difficult you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of excellent therapy so i believe i haven’t really been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and e-mail and so forth but essentially you communicate and meet through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video innovation 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 really efficiently um the Talkspace Shapiro
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only thing that was type of weird was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various locations i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i usually like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software sitting on your computer system often isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was very amazed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run everything and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i kind of wish i might open that up but i understand that possibly you do not want your personal info that is occurring in between therapist in your inbox i also got text reminders you understand i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however overall the innovation was extremely impressive you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well and so i was really amazed with the total technology the next section is the real vice my counselor was very was extremely knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Shapiro