I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Bonnie Ray Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and a lot of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in different 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 tough i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the family referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t suggest i i know everyone on the list is validated but it’s a quite strong list but if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor go to this resembled i don’t know five eight years earlier therefore i’ve been wishing to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and also marriage counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually often discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that possibly you have actually heard before but perhaps you needed an outsider to validate so i’ve always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to check out better help so that i can advise and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which generally simply indicates very light counseling typically the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we advise individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you require to go process with someone that’s a bit more of a specialist because area so i’m not a specialist this is just my personal opinion is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real counselor the innovation how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is obviously really essential to me since you don’t wish to recommend someone to something and then you know maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore to begin with on rate 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 imply it just implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the rate was okay you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very pricey specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable organization a place that was well known published 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 believe what you know the full cost is quite expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you understand individually you’re normally not interacting with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor 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 fulfilling so there was a process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise consult your insurance provider if you have it to find out if you certify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the competence of my counselor i was very pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and then they give you different options when you cancel where you can type of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i believe it i was extremely pleased by the cost it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of people um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize therapy each week or even every year but i do i have actually found i take pleasure in the perspective
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of in fact recommending they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some basic concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the questions were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss 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 actually very amazed 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 essential to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated pretty fast i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw an image a bio i could see their know-how i might see other evaluations about them and then it was type of like try attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re excellent at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re really trying to make certain everybody is solid and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no problem with altering um my therapist was great about that too like you know was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance since you desire a therapist that’s difficult you however likewise um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of good counseling so i think i haven’t truly 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 innovation whatever happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc however essentially you meet and engage through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that information disappears 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 technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual site and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Bonnie Ray Talkspace
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just thing that was kind of strange was usually you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different locations i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some nicer gear i normally like to double check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application resting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very pleased by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was very reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had actually published a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the site to see things i type of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that perhaps you do not want your personal details that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i had to choose in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand easily include it to my calendar however in general the technology was extremely remarkable you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked effectively therefore i was very satisfied with the overall technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was really was really knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Bonnie Ray Talkspace