I’m going to offer an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real simple since our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type 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 difficult i’ve in the past usage focus on the family recommendation list i usually agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t imply i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a quite strong list but if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i’ve started to focus on online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional visit this was like i don’t understand five 8 years earlier therefore i’ve been wishing to try betterhelp.com and so 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 also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually typically discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as kind 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 normally see things that perhaps you have actually heard prior to however possibly you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve always delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try better help so that i can suggest and kind of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally 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 individuals that appear with the ambulance and we detect and then we suggest people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you require to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not an expert this is just my personal opinion is it useful my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a huge factor the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is obviously actually crucial to me due to the fact that you don’t wish to recommend someone to something and then you know perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally therefore 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 indicate it simply suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be very pricey particularly if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just adequately priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite respectable organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that simply kind of leads you to believe what you know the complete rate is pretty costly therefore uh 320 dollars is okay especially 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 know individually you’re generally not communicating with your instructor continuously it’s usually simply around your sessions but to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my counselor 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 too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise consult your insurance coverage company if you have it to find out if you qualify however the pricing i felt specifically for the um the competence of my therapist i was really pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they give you different alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to advance they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to pay for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was very impressed by the rate it’s still a lot of money i know for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i do not use counseling each week and even every year however i do i have actually discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every five years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s always something i’m discovering myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re searching for to get out of counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general questions that are all pretty basic um i and i believed the questions were strong 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 pretty good about asking some faith associated questions that i was really extremely impressed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual since that is very important to me and crucial to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to kind of appoint you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email notified it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i might see their competence i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was type 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 very good at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to make sure everyone is solid and i might change my therapist at any time there was no concern with altering um my counselor was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s challenging you however also um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a lot of excellent counseling so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with someone that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email and so forth but essentially you connect and meet through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s type 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 extremely smoothly um the Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial
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just thing that was sort of strange was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i normally like to check it’s utilizing 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 whatever worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as good you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was extremely amazed by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run everything 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 actually posted a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i kind of dream i could open that up however i understand that maybe you do not desire your private details that is occurring in between counselor in your inbox i also got text suggestions you know i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly include it to my calendar but overall the innovation was extremely remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was extremely impressed with the general innovation the next section is the real vice my therapist was extremely was extremely skilled and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial