I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Sponsorship…as somebody who deals with 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 understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy since our church and most churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in various focuses it’s typically 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 focus on the household recommendation list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not imply i i understand everyone on the list is validated however it’s a pretty strong list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional go to this was like i don’t understand five eight years back and so i have actually been wishing to experiment with betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve often discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that possibly you’ve heard before however perhaps you required an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which generally just suggests really light counseling typically the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency individuals that appear with the ambulance and we detect and then we recommend people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a specialist because location so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal viewpoint is it useful my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a big aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is undoubtedly really crucial to me since you do not wish to advise somebody to something and after that you understand possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first off 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 indicate it simply implies a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the rate was okay you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they have actually 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 simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a quite reliable institution a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that just sort of leads you to think what you understand the full cost is quite pricey therefore uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll talk about 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 understand individually you’re typically not engaging with your trainer constantly it’s usually just around your sessions but to construct a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount rate 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 procedure also check with your insurance provider if you have it to discover if you certify however the pricing i felt particularly for the um the competence of my counselor i was very pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to continue they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to pay for a month of ahead of time and so that makes sense but i i think it i was extremely satisfied by the rate it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i don’t use counseling every week or even every year however i do i have discovered i take pleasure 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 take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m discovering myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really recommending they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some general questions that are all quite basic um i and i believed the questions were solid um eventually 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 respectable about asking some faith related questions that i was actually really satisfied with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and important to a lot of people um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to type of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite quick i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their competence i could see other reviews about them and then it was type of like try attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re great at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re really attempting to make sure everybody is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my counselor was terrific about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is a weird balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of excellent therapy so i think i haven’t really been paired with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail etc but essentially you interact and meet through their web website 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 data goes away a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Sponsorship
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only thing that was kind of unusual was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i couldn’t determine how to do that as someone who has some better gear i normally like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer in some cases 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 but i was really impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run it all and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i type of desire i could open that up but i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your private info that is taking place between counselor in your inbox i also got text reminders you know i had to decide in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however overall the technology was extremely remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process before our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked extremely well and so i was extremely satisfied with the general technology the next area is the real vice my counselor was really was really competent and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Sponsorship