I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Teens…as somebody 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 tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple because our church and the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of suggest 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 tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the household referral list i usually agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t mean i i understand everybody on the list is verified but it’s a quite solid list however if you get globally 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 was like i do not know five eight years ago therefore i have actually been wanting to try out 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 separately and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually often discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking since it’s getting someone beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to 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 counseling so i wanted to try out better help so that i can advise and sort 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 typically simply indicates really light counseling generally the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional because area so i’m not an expert this is just my personal opinion is it practical my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is undoubtedly actually important to me because you don’t want 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 therefore to begin with on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you know what does that suggest it simply means a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be really pricey especially if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply effectively priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite respectable institution a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to believe what you know the full cost is pretty expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad particularly and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was excellent you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re usually not engaging with your instructor continuously it’s normally simply around your sessions however to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my therapist 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 too much they asked your financial situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise talk to your insurance company if you have it to learn if you qualify however the pricing i felt particularly for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was really pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they provide you different choices when you cancel where you can kind 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 have to pay for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense but i i believe it i was very impressed by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of individuals um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy weekly and even every year however i do i have actually discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m discovering myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through a whole process 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 like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some basic concerns that are all quite basic um i and i believed 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 associated concerns that i was really really pleased 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 a person since that is essential to me and essential to a great deal of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 2 days to type of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email notified it said here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their expertise i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was sort of like try 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 questions around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to ensure everybody is solid and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no concern with changing um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance since you desire a therapist that’s tough you however likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of excellent therapy so i think i haven’t really been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc however essentially you fulfill and communicate through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information goes away at least gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s sort 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 really smoothly um the Talkspace Teens
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just thing that was sort of odd was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various areas i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i typically like to double check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek type of element but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was very satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run everything and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that maybe you do not desire your private information that is happening between counselor in your inbox i also got text tips you know i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know easily include it to my calendar however overall the technology was very outstanding you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well and so i was very amazed with the total technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was really experienced and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Teens