I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Press Release…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you advise a therapist 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 simple since our church and many churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to sort of suggest 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 difficult i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i usually agree with what they think and i trust their process does not imply i i understand everyone on the list is validated however it’s a quite solid list however if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor see this resembled i don’t understand five 8 years back therefore i have actually 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 individually and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually frequently found therapy and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking because it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that possibly you’ve heard before however perhaps you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly delighted in the investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to try better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which typically simply suggests really light counseling usually the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling 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 area here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual opinion is it valuable my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge element the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is undoubtedly actually crucial to me since you do not wish to recommend someone to something and then you know possibly they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so first of all on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that imply it just implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the price was not bad you know i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be extremely expensive especially if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty credible institution a place that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply sort of leads you to believe what you understand the complete cost is quite costly therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not connecting with your instructor constantly it’s generally just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i really liked and my therapist was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial situation so you can receive less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the prices i felt especially for the um the know-how of my therapist i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they provide you different 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 continue they do charge you monthly therefore you need to spend for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was really impressed by the cost it’s still a lot of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy every week or perhaps every year but i do i have actually found i enjoy the perspective
um every five years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you understand mail age what you’re searching for to leave counseling they inquire 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 questions were strong 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 related questions that i was actually really 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 an individual because that is necessary to me and essential to a lot of people um they basically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to two days to type of assign you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email alerted it said here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might 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 could pick to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re actually trying to make certain everyone is strong and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my counselor was terrific about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an unusual balance since you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but likewise um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of excellent counseling so i believe i have not really been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email etc however essentially you fulfill and connect through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you schedule everything 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 website and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Press Release
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just thing that was sort of weird was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i couldn’t figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer gear i typically like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek type of component however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was really satisfied by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to understand how to run it all and it was very efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message but because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to always click onto the website to see things i sort of desire i might open that up but i understand that maybe you don’t want your personal details that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i had to opt in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand quickly add it to my calendar however in general the technology was very impressive you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked effectively and so i was really impressed with the total technology the next section is the actual vice my therapist was very was very competent and had a lot of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Press Release