I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Todd Essig Forbes Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you recommend a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine simple due to the fact that our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in various focuses it’s typically individuals 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 focus on the household referral list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not suggest i i understand everybody on the list is verified but it’s a pretty solid list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor check out this resembled i don’t understand 5 8 years earlier and so i’ve been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve frequently found therapy and meeting with a psychologist etc as kind 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 generally see things that perhaps you have actually heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to validate 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 advise and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which generally simply indicates very light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we identify and after that we advise people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a professional because area so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal viewpoint is it handy my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is clearly really essential to me because you do not wish to advise someone to something and then you know possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that suggest it just means a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the cost was okay you know i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely expensive specifically if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply adequately priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite trustworthy organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to think what you understand the complete price is quite pricey therefore uh 320 dollars is okay especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you understand in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re generally not interacting with your instructor constantly it’s normally just around your sessions but to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was pretty good 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 too much they asked your monetary situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure also check with your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to discover if you qualify however the prices i felt specifically for the um the know-how of my counselor i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional 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 and so that makes sense but i i think it i was very satisfied by the rate it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a great deal of individuals um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy each week and even every year however i do i have discovered i enjoy the perspective
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact recommending they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping routines some basic concerns that are all quite basic um i and i believed the concerns 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 pretty good about asking some faith related questions that i was really very impressed 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 because that is necessary to me and crucial to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email informed it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i could see their proficiency i could see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i might select 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 suggest they’re they’re truly trying to ensure everybody is solid and i could change my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was great about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance because you desire a therapist that’s difficult you but likewise um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of excellent counseling so i think i have not actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and e-mail etc however basically you satisfy and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it begins a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that data goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Todd Essig Forbes Talkspace
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only thing that was sort of odd was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i couldn’t determine how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i generally like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you understand uh software resting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was really satisfied by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run everything and it was really reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of desire i might open that up but i understand that possibly you don’t want your personal information that is happening between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i needed to opt in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know quickly add it to my calendar but in general the technology was very impressive you understand my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked effectively and so i was very satisfied with the overall innovation the next area is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was very proficient and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Todd Essig Forbes Talkspace