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I’m going to offer an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace American Telemedicine Association…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have people 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 among our churches it’s real simple since our church and the majority of churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of suggest 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 hard i’ve in the past usage concentrate on the family recommendation list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not indicate i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed however it’s a quite strong list however if you get internationally it becomes 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 doctor go to this resembled i don’t know five 8 years back 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 counseling i have actually experienced the benefit i have actually typically discovered counseling and conference with a psychologist and so forth as sort of life hacking because it’s getting someone outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they generally see things that maybe you have actually heard before however possibly you needed an outsider to verify so i’ve constantly enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert counselor psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which usually simply indicates extremely light counseling normally the way a pastor is trained without like a therapy focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we advise people and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual location here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of an expert because location so i’m not a professional this is just my personal opinion is it useful my experience therefore there’s five locations i’m going to look at i’m going to take a look at the pricing which is a big factor the algorithm of linking you to an actual therapist the innovation how did that go the real suggestions of

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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is clearly really crucial to me since you do not wish to advise someone 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 of course and so first of all on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and unrestricted messaging which you know what does that mean it simply means a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you know i have actually done therapy in the past and it can be extremely costly specifically if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually done i have actually both done it when i was 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 counseling and i what stands apart to me on this was the marital relationship therapy we went to a quite respectable institution a place that was well known published the the couple with the released uh authors and it was 80 bucks with a pastoral discount so that just type of leads you to believe what you know the full rate is pretty costly therefore uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was excellent you understand in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you know separately you’re generally not connecting with your trainer continuously it’s usually just around your sessions however to build a routine start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my therapist was pretty good at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a procedure for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise consult your insurance coverage provider if you have it to find out if you qualify however the pricing i felt particularly for the um the expertise of my therapist i was extremely pleased what i got for the 320 and so um and then they provide you different choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you wish to continue they do charge you regular monthly therefore you need to spend for a month of ahead of time therefore which makes sense but i i believe it i was very impressed by the price it’s still a lot of money i understand for a great deal of people um you understand somebody like me i do not utilize counseling weekly and even every year but i do i have actually found i delight in the perspective

um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that occur in my youth i there’s always something i’m discovering myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of really advising 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 therapy they inquire like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all pretty standard um i and i thought the concerns were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll talk about this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your

denomination and they were pretty good about asking some faith associated concerns that i was really very pleased with i wasn’t expecting 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 very important to me and important to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 48 hours to type of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail informed it stated here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i might see their proficiency i could see other reviews about them and after that it was kind of like try try them out and i i and i could choose to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a lot of questions around you know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i indicate they’re they’re really attempting to make certain everybody is strong and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no issue with altering um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is an odd balance because you want a therapist that’s tough you but likewise um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i have actually gained from a lot of great therapy so i believe i have not truly been paired 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 takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth but basically you interact and meet through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that data goes away a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you meet the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual site and the video was fantastic um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace American Telemedicine Association

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just thing that was sort of unusual was generally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the various areas i could not find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer gear i normally like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek type of component however i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you know uh software sitting on your computer in some cases isn’t as great you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was very pleased by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he appeared to know how to run everything and it was extremely effective i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the important things is i would get emails that he had posted a message but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the website to see things i sort of desire i could open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not desire your private information that is occurring between counselor in your inbox i also got text reminders you know i needed to choose in for that however like 20 minutes prior to my session i had the ability to schedule

everything and you know quickly include it to my calendar but in general the technology was extremely remarkable you understand my counselor sent me some pdfs and things to process prior to our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked effectively therefore i was very impressed with the overall innovation the next section is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was extremely experienced and had a great deal of experience and they were good and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace American Telemedicine Association