I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Founder…as someone 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 know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine easy due to the fact that our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend in various focuses it’s usually 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 concentrate on the household recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t mean i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a pretty solid list but if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually begun 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 eight years earlier therefore i’ve been wishing to check out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently 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 generally see things that possibly you have actually heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to validate so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to try better help so that i can recommend and kind of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which typically simply implies really light therapy generally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we identify and after that we suggest people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you require to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal opinion is it useful 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 rates which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is obviously really crucial to me since you do not wish to recommend somebody to something and then you understand possibly they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so to begin with on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you understand what does that suggest it simply indicates a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be really expensive specifically if you’re getting somebody 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 counseling and marital relationship counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite respectable institution a place 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 sort of leads you to think 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 excellent you understand in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you understand separately you’re usually not engaging with your trainer constantly it’s generally just around your sessions however to develop a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my therapist was pretty good at signing 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 scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also contact your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to discover if you certify but the rates i felt specifically for the um the know-how of my counselor i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they provide you various alternatives 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 monthly and so you need to pay for a month of beforehand and so that makes sense however i i think it i was really impressed by the price it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize counseling every week or even every year however i do i have actually found i enjoy the point of view
um every five years approximately 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 always something i’m learning more about myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of actually advising they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re looking for to get out of therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some basic concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the concerns were strong um ultimately 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 respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was really extremely amazed 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 important to me and essential to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to two days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite quick i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their proficiency i might see other reviews about them and after that it was type of like try try them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re truly trying to make sure everyone is strong and i might change my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was excellent about that too like you know was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s tough you but likewise um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of great counseling so i think i haven’t truly been paired up with somebody that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc but basically you satisfy and interact through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information disappears a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you set up 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 real site and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Talkspace Founder
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just thing that was sort of strange was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different areas i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some better gear i usually like to check it’s utilizing the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software application sitting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was really 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 really effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had posted a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of wish i might open that up however i understand that possibly you do not desire your private information that is happening in between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however in general the innovation was extremely remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked very well and so i was really impressed with the total technology the next area is the actual vice my counselor was very was very competent and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Founder