I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Michael Phelps Commercial…as someone who handles 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 difficult you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy because our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend in different focuses it’s normally people 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 use focus on the family recommendation list i typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t indicate i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a quite strong list however if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i’ve started to take notice of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional visit this resembled i do not understand 5 eight years back therefore i have actually been wanting to try out betterhelp.com therefore 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 likewise marriage counseling i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve frequently discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting somebody 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 perhaps you required an outsider to validate so i have actually constantly delighted 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 type 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 just means extremely light counseling usually the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we detect and after that we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you require to go process with someone that’s a bit more of a professional because location so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal opinion is it handy my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big factor the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the innovation how did that go the actual suggestions of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is obviously actually important to me because you don’t wish to recommend somebody to something and after that you know perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you understand what does that imply it simply implies a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the cost was not bad you know i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely pricey specifically 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 counseling a part of my program and it was just properly priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable institution a place that was popular published 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 full price is quite expensive therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad particularly and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the support was excellent you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not communicating with your instructor continuously it’s normally just around your sessions however to build a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my counselor was pretty good at signing in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process likewise consult your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to learn if you certify however the rates i felt specifically for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was really amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they provide 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 want to continue on they do charge you monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of ahead of time therefore that makes sense however i i think it i was very pleased by the price it’s still a lot of cash i know for a lot of people um you know somebody like me i don’t use therapy each week or perhaps every year but i do i have actually discovered i delight in the viewpoint
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 childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning more about myself but i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re searching for to leave therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i thought the concerns were solid um eventually 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 pretty good about asking some faith related questions that i was actually really impressed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and essential to a lot of people um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to type of assign you to a counselor and uh i got assigned pretty fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email alerted it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i might see their know-how i might see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re great at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re truly trying to make sure everyone is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance because you desire a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve benefited from a great deal of great counseling so i believe i have not 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 notices on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you meet 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 change 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 innovation it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s built into the the actual site and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Michael Phelps Commercial
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just thing that was sort of weird was generally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by choosing the various locations i couldn’t determine how to do that as someone who has some better gear i normally like to double check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek type of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was very satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was very reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message however because of security reasons which makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i kind of dream i could open that up however i understand that maybe you do not want your private details that is happening between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know quickly add it to my calendar but overall the innovation was very outstanding you understand my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked very well and so i was really impressed with the overall technology the next section is the real vice my counselor was very was very experienced and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Michael Phelps Commercial