I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Roni Frank…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you recommend a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you understand 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 sort 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 difficult i’ve in the past use focus on the household referral list i normally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure doesn’t imply i i know everyone on the list is verified but it’s a pretty strong list but if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor go to this resembled i do not know 5 8 years ago and so 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 someone who’s gone through therapy in the past both individually and likewise marriage therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i have actually frequently discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth 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 normally see things that possibly you’ve heard before but possibly you required an outsider to verify so i have actually always delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished 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 therapist psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which generally simply suggests very light therapy usually the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we suggest individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of an expert in that location so i’m not a professional this is just my individual viewpoint is it practical my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the real suggestions of
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my session over a month and then the faith element which is certainly actually important to me because you do not wish to advise someone to something and then you know perhaps they they verify something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first of all on rate 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 mean it simply implies a couple messages with your counselor but i was impressed that the cost was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be extremely expensive specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i had to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite trustworthy organization a location that was well known released 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 think what you understand the complete rate is pretty costly and so uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was very good you know in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you know separately you’re normally not engaging with your instructor continuously it’s usually simply around your sessions but to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor 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 satisfying 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 financial scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process likewise talk to your insurance coverage provider if you have it to learn if you certify however the prices i felt particularly for the um the competence of my counselor i was very pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they give you various alternatives when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly and so you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i believe it i was very amazed by the price it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize therapy every week and even every year however i do i have discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or two 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 always something i’m discovering myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact advising they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of concerns prior to you ever logged in you know 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 thought the questions were solid 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 pretty good about asking some faith associated questions that i was actually very amazed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is very important to me and essential to a great deal of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to type of assign you to a counselor and uh i got designated pretty fast i think it was within 24 hr got e-mail alerted it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i might see their proficiency i could see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like shot try them out and i i and i might choose to have somebody 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 consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re truly attempting to ensure everybody is strong and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with changing um my therapist was terrific about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s difficult you but also um you understand somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of good counseling so i think i haven’t actually been paired up with someone that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation everything takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth but essentially you fulfill and engage through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very smoothly um the Talkspace Roni Frank
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only thing that was sort of weird was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by choosing the different areas i couldn’t find out how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i generally like to double check it’s utilizing the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd kind of aspect but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer system sometimes isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was very amazed 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 effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of dream i could open that up but i comprehend that possibly you don’t desire your private details that is occurring between counselor in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i needed to choose in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however overall the innovation was really impressive you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well and so i was extremely pleased with the overall innovation the next area is the real vice my therapist was extremely was very proficient and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Roni Frank