I’m going to offer a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i often 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 since our church and many churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to sort of recommend in various 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 hard i’ve in the past usage focus on the household recommendation list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not indicate i i know everyone on the list is verified however it’s a pretty strong list but if you get globally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually begun to pay attention to online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician go to this resembled i do not understand five 8 years ago and so i have actually been wanting to try out 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 separately and likewise marriage counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually often found counseling and conference with a psychologist and so forth as type of life hacking due to the fact that it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you have actually heard prior to however maybe you needed an outsider to verify so i have actually always taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to experiment with better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary trained um which generally just suggests very light therapy usually the method a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people that appear with the ambulance and we identify and after that we recommend individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you possibly you need to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a professional because area so i’m not an expert this is simply my personal viewpoint is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the rates which is a big element the algorithm of linking you to an actual counselor the technology how did that go the actual guidance of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is certainly truly essential to me due to the fact that you don’t want to recommend somebody to something and then you know maybe they they affirm something or they state something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first of all on price it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unlimited messaging which you understand what does that imply it just indicates a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the price was okay you know i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be really expensive especially if you’re getting somebody who is proficient at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just properly priced done some other therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite trusted organization a location that was popular published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that simply type of leads you to believe what you understand the complete rate is quite costly therefore uh 320 dollars is not bad especially and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was excellent you know in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re generally not interacting with your instructor constantly it’s usually just around your sessions but to develop a practice 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 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 financial scenario so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure also consult your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to find out if you certify however the rates i felt particularly for the um the know-how of my therapist i was very satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they give you different options 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 on they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so that makes sense however i i think it i was extremely impressed by the price it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a lot of people um you know someone like me i do not utilize counseling weekly and even every year but i do i have discovered i delight in the viewpoint
um every 5 years or so or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some youth uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself but i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing pretty good second the algorithm of really suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re searching for to get out of therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general concerns that are all quite basic um i and i thought the questions were strong 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 associated concerns that i was really extremely impressed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area but i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as an individual because that is important to me and crucial to a lot of people um they pretty much took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 48 hours to type of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got assigned quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i could see their competence i could see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i could pick to have someone 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 about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i imply they’re they’re truly trying to make sure everybody is solid and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no issue with changing um my therapist was excellent about that too like you know was asking a great deal of questions which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you however likewise um you know someone that you like that you can rely on so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a great deal of excellent counseling so i believe i haven’t actually been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the innovation everything occurs through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth however basically you communicate and fulfill through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change counselor that data goes away a minimum of access from your end and but for example you set up everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s type of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real website and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial
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only thing that was sort of strange was generally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the different areas i could not find out how to do that as someone who has some nicer gear i normally like to double check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical nerd type of element however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you understand uh software sitting on your computer system often isn’t as excellent you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss however i was really amazed 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 extremely effective i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had published a message but because of security factors which makes sense none of the message remained in my email i had to always click onto the site to see things i sort of wish i could open that up but i understand that possibly you don’t want your personal details that is occurring in between therapist in your inbox i also got text suggestions you know i needed to decide in for that however like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know quickly include it to my calendar however overall the innovation was very impressive you know my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well therefore i was extremely pleased with the general innovation the next section is the real vice my counselor was really was very competent and had a lot of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Michael Phelps Better Help Commercial