I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Healthcare Workers…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 counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy since our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of recommend in different focuses it’s usually individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be hard i’ve in the past usage focus on the family referral list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not mean i i know everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite strong list but if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor visit this was like i do not know 5 eight years ago therefore i have actually been wanting to check out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the advantage i have actually frequently found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as type 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 perhaps you’ve heard prior to but possibly you required an outsider to verify so i have actually always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wanted to check out better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which normally simply means extremely light therapy typically the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency individuals that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you need to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a professional in that area so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal opinion is it helpful my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the rates which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the actual suggestions of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is obviously really essential to me due to the fact that you don’t wish to recommend somebody 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 naturally and so first of all on price 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 imply it simply indicates a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite trustworthy institution a place that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that simply type of leads you to believe what you understand the full rate is pretty costly and so uh 320 bucks is not bad especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re typically not interacting with your instructor constantly it’s normally just around your sessions however to build a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my therapist was pretty good at checking in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your monetary circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure also check with your insurance service provider if you have it to discover if you qualify however the prices i felt especially for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they offer you various alternatives when you cancel where you can type of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month 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 pleased by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy every week or perhaps every year however i do i have actually discovered i delight in the perspective
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of actually suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping routines some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the questions were solid um eventually they do get in we’ll talk 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 really really impressed with i wasn’t anticipating 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 important to a lot of people um they basically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to two days to sort of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite quick i believe it was within 24 hr got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i could see their know-how i could see other evaluations about them and then it was type of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they show up i indicate they’re they’re truly trying to make sure everybody is strong and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no problem with altering um my therapist was terrific about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance since you desire a counselor that’s challenging you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a lot of excellent therapy so i believe i have not actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree however 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 etc however basically you communicate and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data goes away a minimum of access 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 constructed into the the actual site and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Healthcare Workers
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only thing that was type of weird was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i couldn’t determine how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i typically like to check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as excellent 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 however i was very satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run everything and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had posted a message however because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the website to see things i type of wish i could open that up but i comprehend that possibly you do not want your private details that is taking place between therapist 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 know quickly include it to my calendar but in general the innovation was extremely excellent you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was really amazed with the overall technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was very was very experienced and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Healthcare Workers