I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Cj Talkspace…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you advise a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine simple because our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of advise in various focuses it’s usually individuals 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 recommendation list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not indicate i i know everybody on the list is verified but it’s a quite strong list however if you get worldwide 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 physician see this resembled i don’t know 5 8 years ago therefore i’ve been wanting to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i have actually typically found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type 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 possibly you needed an outsider to verify 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 recommend and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which typically simply indicates very light therapy normally the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we recommend individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you require to go procedure with somebody 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 practical my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a big aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is certainly really essential to me since you do not want to recommend somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first of all on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that imply it simply implies a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the rate was okay you know i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be really costly particularly 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 therapy a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite credible organization a place 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 type of leads you to believe what you know the complete rate is pretty pricey therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was excellent you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re normally not connecting with your instructor continually it’s typically just around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure also contact your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to find out if you certify but the prices i felt especially for the um the competence of my counselor i was extremely impressed what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they give you different choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was very satisfied by the price it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you know someone like me i do not utilize counseling every week and even every year however i do i have discovered i take pleasure in the point of view
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some youth uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of in fact advising they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to leave therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i believed the concerns were solid um eventually 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 associated questions that i was in fact extremely satisfied 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 a person since that is essential to me and crucial to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to type of assign you to a therapist and uh i got appointed pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hr got email notified it stated here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i could see their knowledge i might see other evaluations about them and after that it was kind of like try attempt them out and i i and i could pick to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a great deal of questions around you know what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re actually attempting to make sure everyone is strong and i could change my therapist at any time there was no problem with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is a strange balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but also um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a lot of good counseling so i think i have not really been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however essentially you connect and satisfy through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that data goes away at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real site and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Cj Talkspace
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just thing that was sort of strange was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i normally like to check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer sometimes 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 extremely satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had published a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of wish i could open that up however i understand that possibly you don’t want your private info that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i also 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 understand easily include it to my calendar but overall the innovation was extremely impressive you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked extremely well and so i was extremely pleased with the total innovation the next section is the real vice my therapist was extremely was really proficient and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Cj Talkspace