I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Brigitte Oetter Talkspace…as someone 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 challenging you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple since our church and many churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of advise in different focuses it’s generally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their process does not imply i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite strong list however if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional see this was like i do not understand five eight years ago therefore i have actually been wishing to try out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort 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 usually see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to but possibly you required an outsider to validate so i’ve constantly enjoyed the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wanted to try better help so that i can recommend and kind of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which usually simply indicates really light therapy normally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and after that we suggest people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you maybe you require to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a professional in that location so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal viewpoint is it useful my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a big factor the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly actually important to me due to the fact that you don’t wish to suggest someone to something and after that you understand perhaps they they affirm something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore to begin with on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that mean it just indicates a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the price was okay you know i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly 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 had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty reliable organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to believe what you understand the complete rate is quite expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was excellent you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you understand separately you’re usually not engaging with your instructor continuously it’s generally just around your sessions however to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying 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 scenario so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also talk to your insurance service provider if you have it to discover if you qualify however the rates i felt specifically 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 type of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to continue they do charge you regular monthly and so you have to spend for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense but i i think it i was really pleased by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a great deal of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy every week or even every year however i do i have found i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually advising they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever visited you know 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 habits some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i believed the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll talk 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 concerns that i was actually very satisfied with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is necessary to me and crucial to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to kind of designate you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it said here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their expertise i could see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re really attempting to ensure everybody is solid and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no problem with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance since you want a therapist that’s tough you but also um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of excellent counseling so i think i haven’t really been paired up with someone that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you fulfill and interact through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data disappears a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Brigitte Oetter Talkspace
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only thing that was kind of strange was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i usually like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd sort of component however i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was extremely impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run it all and it was really effective i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had posted a message however because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i sort of dream i could open that up but i comprehend that maybe you don’t want your private information that is taking place in between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know quickly include it to my calendar but overall the innovation was very remarkable you understand my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked very well and so i was extremely pleased with the total technology the next section is the real vice my counselor was very was really skilled and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Brigitte Oetter Talkspace