I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Spokesperson…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have people 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 difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple since our church and many churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of advise in various focuses it’s normally people 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 concentrate on the household recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t mean i i understand everyone on the list is verified however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to pay attention to online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor go to this was like i do not know five eight years ago therefore i have actually been wishing 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 individually and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to but maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve always taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to try better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which generally just suggests really light therapy generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we identify 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 procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not a professional this is simply my individual viewpoint is it useful my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is undoubtedly truly crucial to me because you don’t want to suggest somebody to something and after that you understand possibly they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore first off on rate 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 suggest it simply suggests a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the cost was okay you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be extremely expensive 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 had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply effectively 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 respectable institution a place that was well known released the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to think what you understand the full rate is pretty costly therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was great you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re normally not engaging with your trainer continually it’s normally simply around your sessions but to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my therapist was pretty good at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a procedure for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process also talk to your insurance supplier if you have it to find out if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the expertise of my counselor i was really impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they give you various choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly therefore you have to pay for a month of in advance and so that makes sense however i i think it i was really amazed by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i understand for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i don’t utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re searching for to leave counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i believed the questions 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 questions that i was really very 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 since that is very important to me and crucial to a great deal of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 48 hours to kind of designate you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their competence i could see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like shot try them out and i i and i might choose to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re truly trying to ensure everyone is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance because you desire a therapist that’s challenging you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a great deal of good counseling so i think i have not truly 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 notices on text and e-mail and so forth however basically you interact and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that data goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you set up everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual site and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace Spokesperson
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just thing that was type of odd was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various areas i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some nicer equipment i typically like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software sitting on your computer in some cases isn’t as good 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 therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run it all and it was very efficient 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 however because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of desire i could open that up however i understand that perhaps you don’t desire your private info that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know quickly include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was really outstanding you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked extremely well and so i was very pleased with the overall technology the next area is the real vice my counselor was very was very skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Spokesperson