I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Westminster Seminary Online Counseling…as somebody 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 therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be challenging you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy due to the fact that our church and a lot of churches have like a vetted referral 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 tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the household referral list i usually agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i know everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite strong list however if you get worldwide it ends up being the wild west so i’ve started to pay attention to online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional visit this was like i do not understand five 8 years back therefore i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve typically found therapy and meeting 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 normally see things that perhaps you’ve heard before but maybe you required an outsider to verify so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can recommend 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 usually just implies really light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you require to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a professional because location so i’m not a specialist this is just my individual opinion is it practical my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge element the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the real suggestions of
Is BetterHelp an online therapy company?
my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly actually important to me due to the fact that you don’t wish to recommend someone to something and after that you know maybe they they verify something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that suggest it simply suggests a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the price was okay you know i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be very costly specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i was in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other counseling and marital relationship counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty trustworthy institution a location that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that simply kind of leads you to think what you understand the full cost is quite pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you know in the past when i’ve done counseling in both group or you know separately you’re normally not engaging with your trainer constantly it’s normally simply around your sessions however to develop a habit 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 fulfilling so there was a process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your monetary situation so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process likewise talk to your insurance supplier if you have it to discover if you certify however the pricing i felt especially for the um the knowledge of my therapist i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they offer you various options when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you want to continue on they do charge you month-to-month and so you have to spend for a month of beforehand and so that makes sense but i i think it i was very amazed by the price it’s still a lot of money i understand for a great deal of individuals um you know somebody like me i don’t use therapy every week or even every year however i do i have actually found i enjoy the perspective
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 happen in my childhood i there’s always something i’m learning more about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really recommending 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 looking for to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i believed the questions were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll speak 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 related concerns that i was actually extremely satisfied 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 a person because that is necessary to me and important to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to sort of designate you to a therapist and uh i got appointed quite quick i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it stated here’s the individual i saw a picture a bio i might see their competence 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 someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they show up i mean they’re they’re truly trying to make sure everyone is solid and i could change my therapist at any time there was no problem with changing um my counselor was great about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is an unusual balance because you want a counselor that’s challenging you however also um you understand somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a lot of excellent counseling so i believe i haven’t really been paired up with someone that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the technology whatever occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you communicate and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it begins a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you arrange whatever within the app you um you satisfy the video technology it’s type of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was terrific um my my my counselor had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Westminster Seminary Online Counseling
What does our BetterHelp Review cover?
only thing that was type of unusual was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different areas i could not determine how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i generally like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd kind of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based stuff or like you know uh software sitting on your computer often isn’t as excellent you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was really impressed by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run all of it and it was extremely effective i was impressed by the engagement from him via 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 remained in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i type of desire i could open that up but i comprehend that possibly you don’t want your private information that is happening between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you know i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily include it to my calendar however in general the technology was really excellent you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was very satisfied with the general technology the next section is the actual vice my therapist was very was very competent and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Westminster Seminary Online Counseling