I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Tiffany Dubya…as someone who handles online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i typically get asked do you suggest a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine simple because our church and most churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of advise in different focuses it’s typically individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not imply i i understand everyone on the list is verified however it’s a quite strong list but if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i’ve started to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician see this resembled i do not understand 5 8 years earlier and so i have actually been wanting to try out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marital relationship therapy i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually frequently discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking since it’s getting someone beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that possibly you have actually heard prior to however possibly you needed an outsider to verify so i’ve always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wanted to check out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally just indicates really light therapy normally the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we detect and then we recommend people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you maybe you need to go process with someone that’s a little bit more of an expert because area so i’m not an expert this is just my personal viewpoint is it valuable my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a huge aspect the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly actually important to me because you do not want to suggest somebody to something and then you know perhaps they they affirm something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first off on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you know what does that suggest it just implies a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the rate was okay you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be extremely expensive particularly if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was simply properly priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite reputable organization a location that was well known released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that simply kind of leads you to believe what you understand the complete price is quite pricey therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad specifically 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 know separately you’re typically not communicating with your trainer continuously it’s typically just around your sessions but to develop a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly 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 process 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 consult your insurance coverage service provider if you have it to find out if you qualify but the prices i felt especially for the um the expertise of my therapist i was very amazed what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they give you different choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore which makes sense however i i believe it i was very pleased by the rate it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i don’t use therapy each week and even every year but i do i have discovered i enjoy the point of view
um every 5 years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s always something i’m discovering myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of really recommending they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions prior to 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 habits some general concerns that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were strong um eventually they do get in we’ll speak about this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were respectable about asking some faith associated questions that i was in fact really amazed with i wasn’t expecting a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person because that is important to me and essential to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite quick i think it was within 24 hr got email alerted it said here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i could see their expertise i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was sort of like shot try them out and i i and i could select to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re really trying to ensure everybody is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my therapist was great about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is an odd balance since you desire a therapist that’s challenging you however likewise um you know 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 great deal of excellent counseling so i believe i have not truly been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation everything occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notices on text and email and so forth but basically you satisfy and communicate through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information disappears at least gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real website and the video was fantastic um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Tiffany Dubya
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just thing that was kind of odd was normally you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not determine how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i usually like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek type of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software resting on your computer sometimes isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was very satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run all of it and it was very reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had published a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i needed to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of dream i could open that up but i understand that maybe you do not want your personal details that is taking place in between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text reminders you understand i needed to choose in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you understand easily include it to my calendar however in general the innovation was extremely outstanding you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well and so i was really impressed with the overall innovation the next area is the real vice my counselor was really was extremely knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace Tiffany Dubya