I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Betterhelp Board Of Directors…as someone who deals with 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 counselor or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church among our churches it’s real easy since our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in different focuses it’s usually people 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 usage concentrate on the family recommendation list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not mean i i know everyone on the list is validated but it’s a pretty strong list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician check out this was like i do not know 5 8 years earlier therefore i’ve been wishing to experiment with 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 also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i’ve typically discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking because it’s getting somebody outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you have actually heard before but possibly you required an outsider to verify so i’ve always enjoyed the financial investment both in time and cash in getting therapy so i wished to check out better help so that i can recommend and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which normally simply implies extremely light counseling usually the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re type of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we identify and then we advise individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you require to go process with somebody that’s a bit more of a specialist because area so i’m not a professional this is simply my personal viewpoint is it helpful my experience and so there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge factor the algorithm of connecting you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and then the faith component which is clearly really important to me because you don’t wish to recommend somebody to something and after that you know perhaps they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so to begin with on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you understand what does that mean it simply indicates a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i have actually done counseling in the past and it can be extremely costly specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they’ve done i have actually both done it when i remained 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 therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite reputable organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount rate so that just kind of leads you to think what you understand the full price is quite pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll discuss this on the tech side the support was very good you know in the past when i have actually done counseling in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not communicating with your trainer continually it’s normally 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 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 if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial situation so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure also contact your insurance supplier if you have it to learn if you qualify but the rates i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my counselor i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and after that they offer you different alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an extra set of time if you want to if you want to continue they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense but i i believe it i was really impressed by the price it’s still a great deal of money i know for a great deal of people um you understand someone like me i don’t utilize counseling every week and even every year however i do i have actually found i delight in the viewpoint
um every five years approximately 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 more about myself but i have actually always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole process where they ask you a series of questions prior to you ever visited you know mail age what you’re looking for to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping habits some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i thought the questions were solid 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 very impressed 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 since that is necessary to me and important to a lot of individuals um they pretty much took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 2 days to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i think it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their competence i might see other evaluations about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i could choose to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a lot of questions around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they show up i imply they’re they’re really trying to make sure everybody is strong and i might alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was excellent about that too like you know was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s difficult you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a great deal of great therapy so i think i haven’t really been paired with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the whole experience worked next the innovation everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and email and so forth however essentially you interact and satisfy through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and practically it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change therapist that data disappears at least access from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real website and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Betterhelp Board Of Directors
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just thing that was sort of odd was generally 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 nicer equipment i normally like to check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of component but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer sometimes isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very amazed by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to understand how to run it all and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message however because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i kind of desire i might open that up but i understand that maybe you don’t desire your personal information that is happening in between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i needed to opt in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you know quickly add it to my calendar but in general the technology was very outstanding you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked very well and so i was very amazed with the general innovation the next area is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was extremely knowledgeable and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Betterhelp Board Of Directors