I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Erica Hoffman Talkspace Lcsw…as somebody who handles 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 therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple because our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in various focuses it’s generally 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 focus on the family referral list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i understand everyone on the list is verified but it’s a quite solid list but if you get worldwide 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 go to this was like i do not know 5 8 years ago and so i’ve been wishing to try out 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 separately and also marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually frequently found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to try out better help so that i can recommend and kind of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which generally just indicates very light therapy normally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we identify and then we suggest individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with someone that’s a bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not a specialist this is just my personal opinion is it handy my experience and so there’s five areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the real guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is undoubtedly actually crucial to me due to the fact that you don’t want to suggest somebody to something and then you know maybe they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first of all on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that mean it simply indicates a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the price was okay you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly 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 needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just properly priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty trusted organization a place that was well known released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply sort of leads you to think what you know the full price is quite pricey therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad particularly and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you know individually you’re usually not engaging with your trainer continually it’s normally just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting 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 circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise talk to your insurance coverage provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the prices i felt specifically for the um the competence of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various options when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you wish to advance they do charge you monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense but i i believe it i was extremely amazed by the cost it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of individuals um you know someone like me i don’t use counseling weekly or perhaps every year but i do i have discovered i delight in the point of view
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 childhood i there’s always something i’m learning about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re searching for to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some general concerns that are all quite basic um i and i believed the concerns were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll speak 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 questions that i was actually very pleased 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 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 state 24 to two days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got designated pretty fast i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail notified it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i could see their know-how i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i might choose 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 understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re actually attempting to make certain everyone is strong and i could change my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is an unusual balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of excellent therapy so i believe i have not truly 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 whatever 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 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 gain access to from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Erica Hoffman Talkspace Lcsw
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just thing that was kind of odd was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different areas i could not find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i typically like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of aspect however i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software resting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases 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 seemed to know how to run everything and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via 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 needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i sort of dream i could open that up but i understand that possibly you do not want your private information that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you understand i had to choose in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly include it to my calendar however overall the innovation was really impressive you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively and so i was really amazed with the total technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was very competent and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Erica Hoffman Talkspace Lcsw