I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Shapiro…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you suggest 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 the majority of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in various focuses it’s generally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however 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 typically agree with what they believe and i trust their process doesn’t suggest i i know everyone on the list is validated but it’s a pretty solid list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take notice of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online doctor visit this was like i don’t understand five eight years ago and so i have actually been wishing to experiment with betterhelp.com therefore 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 marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the advantage i’ve often discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist etc as kind of life hacking because it’s getting someone beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they usually see things that maybe you’ve heard prior to however possibly you required an outsider to confirm so i’ve always enjoyed the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wished to try out better help so that i can suggest and type of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary skilled um which generally simply suggests extremely light counseling usually the way 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 after that we suggest people 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 bit more of an expert in that area so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal opinion is it handy my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge element the algorithm of connecting you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is certainly actually essential to me because you don’t wish to recommend somebody to something and then you know possibly they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore to begin with on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that indicate it simply means a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the cost was okay you know i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely pricey particularly if you’re getting someone who is proficient 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 therapy and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite trusted institution a location that was well known published the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just type of leads you to think what you know the full cost is quite expensive and so uh 320 bucks is not bad especially and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was very good you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re normally not engaging with your instructor constantly it’s generally just around your sessions however to construct a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and simply 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 monetary circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure also talk to your insurance provider if you have it to find out if you qualify but the prices i felt specifically for the um the know-how of my therapist i was really amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they offer you various choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you want to continue they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense but i i think it i was extremely impressed by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a great deal of individuals um you know someone like me i don’t utilize therapy each week and even every year however i do i have found i enjoy the perspective
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my youth i there’s constantly something i’m learning about myself however 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 questions before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some basic questions that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the concerns 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 respectable about asking some faith associated concerns that i was actually extremely pleased 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 a person because that is necessary to me and important to a great deal of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to two days to sort of assign you to a therapist and uh i got appointed pretty quick i think it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the individual i saw a photo a bio i might see their know-how i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i might pick to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent 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 certain everyone is strong and i might alter my therapist at any time there was no problem with changing um my therapist was excellent about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s tough you however likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i’ve benefited from a great deal of excellent therapy so i believe i have not actually been paired with someone that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the innovation everything takes place through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email etc however basically you meet and connect through their web portal 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 therapist that data disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was excellent um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Talkspace Shapiro
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only thing that was type of odd was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i generally like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software resting on your computer system in some cases isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was really satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was extremely efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had actually published a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message remained in my email i needed to always click onto the site to see things i kind of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that possibly you don’t desire your personal info that is taking place in between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i had to opt in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however in general the technology was extremely excellent you know my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked very well therefore i was very impressed with the overall innovation the next area is the real vice my counselor was really was very experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Shapiro