I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Catherine J Adams Talkspace…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you recommend a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine simple since our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation 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 but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not mean i i understand everybody on the list is verified but it’s a pretty solid list but if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually 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 don’t know five eight years back and so i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marriage therapy i’ve experienced the benefit i’ve frequently discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that possibly you’ve heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to check out 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 experienced um which usually simply implies extremely light therapy usually the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we recommend individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you need to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of a professional in that location so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal opinion 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 rates which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the technology 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 due to the fact that you do not want to advise someone to something and after that you know maybe they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore first off 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 indicate it simply means a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be really costly specifically if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just properly priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty trusted organization a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply type of leads you to believe what you know the full cost is pretty pricey and so uh 320 bucks is not bad especially and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand separately you’re usually not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions but to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was pretty good at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise contact your insurance service provider if you have it to learn if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the competence of my therapist i was really pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you various options when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly and so you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was really satisfied 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 use therapy weekly or even every year however i do i have actually discovered i enjoy the perspective
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m discovering myself but i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the concerns were solid um eventually 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 respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was in fact very pleased with i wasn’t expecting 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 very important to me and crucial to a great deal of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to two days to type of assign you to a therapist and uh i got designated pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail alerted it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their expertise i might see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like shot attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a lot of questions around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i indicate they’re they’re really trying to make sure everybody is solid and i could change my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my counselor was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance due to the fact that you want a therapist that’s difficult you but likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of excellent therapy so i think i have not truly been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and e-mail and so forth but basically you fulfill and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data disappears a minimum of access 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 developed into the the real website and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Catherine J Adams Talkspace
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only thing that was kind of odd was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i usually like to check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software application resting on your computer sometimes isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was very impressed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to understand how to run it all and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails 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 had to constantly click onto the site to see things i kind of wish i could open that up however i understand that maybe you don’t desire your private information that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you understand i needed to choose in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar but overall the technology was very excellent you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked very well and so i was very pleased with the overall innovation the next section is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was very experienced and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Catherine J Adams Talkspace