I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Roni Frank Talkspace…as someone 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 counselor or a psychologist and it can be hard you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and a lot of churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in various 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 tough i’ve in the past use focus on the family referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t suggest i i know everybody on the list is validated however it’s a pretty strong list however if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician go to this resembled i don’t know 5 8 years back therefore i’ve been wishing to check out betterhelp.com therefore 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 likewise marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve typically found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking because it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you’ve heard before however maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to check out 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 counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which typically just suggests really light counseling normally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a specialist because location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual opinion is it useful my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the innovation how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith component which is certainly actually important to me because you do not want to suggest someone to something and after that you know maybe they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on price 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 indicate it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive particularly if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve 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 effectively priced done some other therapy and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a pretty reliable organization a location that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that simply type of leads you to believe what you know the complete rate is pretty expensive and so uh 320 dollars is okay especially and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the assistance was great you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re usually not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor 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 process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise contact your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to learn if you qualify but the prices i felt specifically for the um the expertise of my therapist i was really satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they offer you different choices 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 month-to-month therefore you have to spend for a month of in advance and so that makes sense however i i believe it i was very impressed by the cost it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a great deal of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t use counseling each week and even every year but i do i have found i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of really recommending they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all quite standard um i and i believed the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss 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 questions that i was in fact really impressed 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 important to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 2 days to sort of designate you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw an image a bio i could see their expertise i might see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like try try them out and i i and i might select to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit 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 alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with altering um my therapist was terrific about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is a weird balance because you want a counselor that’s challenging you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of great counseling so i think i haven’t really been paired up 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 takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however basically you connect and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter therapist that data goes away at least access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Roni Frank Talkspace
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just thing that was sort of weird was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some better gear i generally like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of component however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was very pleased by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run all of it and it was very effective i was impressed by the engagement from him via 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 needed to always click onto the website to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i comprehend that maybe you don’t desire your personal info that is occurring in between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you understand i had to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however in general the technology was extremely remarkable you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process prior to our first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked extremely well and so i was very amazed with the overall technology the next section is the real vice my counselor was very was very skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Roni Frank Talkspace