I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….American Christian Counseling Online Conference…as somebody 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 difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy because our church and many churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of suggest in different focuses it’s generally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use focus on the household recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not suggest i i know everyone on the list is confirmed but it’s a quite solid list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i’ve begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this resembled i do not understand five 8 years earlier and so i’ve been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually frequently discovered therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking because it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that perhaps you’ve heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to validate so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can advise and type of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which typically simply implies very light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we recommend individuals 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 professional because location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual opinion is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is undoubtedly truly important to me since you do not want to advise somebody to something and after that you know possibly they they verify something or they say 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 endless messaging which you know what does that mean it just means a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be very expensive especially if you’re getting someone who is good 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 effectively priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite credible institution a place that was well known released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just type of leads you to think what you understand the complete price is quite pricey therefore uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the assistance was great you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re typically not interacting with your instructor continuously it’s usually just around your sessions however to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my therapist was pretty good at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling 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 situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise check with your insurance service provider if you have it to learn if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the expertise of my counselor i was really satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they give you different choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you regular monthly therefore you have to pay for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was extremely impressed by the price it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not use counseling each week or perhaps every year but i do i have found i enjoy the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some youth uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself however i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact recommending they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i thought the concerns were strong 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 associated concerns that i was in fact extremely amazed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person since that is necessary to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to two days to sort of designate you to a counselor and uh i got designated 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 could see their expertise i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was type of like try try them out and i i and i might pick to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re excellent 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 actually attempting to ensure everyone is solid and i could change my therapist at any time there was no problem with changing um my counselor was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance because you want a counselor that’s challenging you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of excellent counseling so i believe i have not really been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email and so forth however basically you connect and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data goes away a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you set up everything within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the actual site and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very smoothly um the American Christian Counseling Online Conference
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only thing that was type of strange was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different locations i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i generally like to double check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd type of aspect however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as good 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 very amazed by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run all of it and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had published a message but because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i sort of dream i could open that up but i understand that maybe you do not want your private information that is taking place in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i had to choose in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however overall the innovation was really excellent you understand my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked very well and so i was very amazed with the general innovation the next section is the actual vice my therapist was very was extremely knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance American Christian Counseling Online Conference