I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Counseling And Therapy…as someone who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you recommend 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 genuine simple due to the fact that our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of advise in various focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past use focus on the household referral list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t imply i i understand everybody on the list is verified however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get worldwide 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 doctor see this resembled i do not understand five eight years ago and so i’ve been wanting to check 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 marriage therapy i’ve experienced the benefit i’ve typically discovered therapy and conference 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 typically see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however maybe you required an outsider to validate so i have actually always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to try out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which usually just implies very light therapy normally the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we identify and then we recommend people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not an expert this is simply my individual viewpoint is it handy my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and then the faith aspect which is certainly really important to me since you don’t 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 obviously therefore first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you understand what does that indicate it simply suggests a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the price was not bad you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be extremely expensive particularly if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a quite reliable organization a location 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 understand the complete cost is pretty costly and so uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re usually not communicating with your instructor continually it’s typically simply around your sessions but to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i actually liked and my counselor was pretty good 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 if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial situation so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process also consult your insurance company if you have it to find out if you certify however the pricing i felt specifically for the um the expertise of my therapist i was very impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they offer you various choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you wish to continue they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so that makes sense however i i think it i was really satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you know someone like me i do not utilize counseling each week or even every year however i do i have discovered i enjoy the perspective
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some youth uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually advising they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re searching for to leave therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all quite standard um i and i believed the concerns were strong um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face area they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were respectable about asking some faith associated concerns that i was really extremely 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 a person because that is very important to me and important to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to sort of assign you to a counselor and uh i got assigned pretty fast i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it stated here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their know-how i could see other reviews about them and after that it was sort of like shot try them out and i i and i could select to have somebody 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 think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i suggest they’re they’re truly trying to make certain everybody is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no problem with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is a weird balance because you desire a counselor that’s tough you but also um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i’ve gained from a lot of great counseling so i believe i have not truly been paired up 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 innovation everything occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc but basically you connect and fulfill through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you schedule whatever within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace Counseling And Therapy
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only thing that was sort of unusual was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i typically like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent 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 really pleased by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was very efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to always click onto the website to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not desire your private details that is taking place between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand easily include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was very remarkable you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked effectively and so i was extremely amazed with the general innovation the next area is the actual vice my therapist was very was extremely skilled and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Counseling And Therapy