I’m going to provide an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Christian Counseling…as somebody 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 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 genuine easy since our church and most churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in different focuses it’s usually individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be difficult i’ve in the past use focus on the family referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their procedure does not imply i i know everyone on the list is validated however it’s a quite solid list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i have actually started to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician go to this was like i don’t understand five eight years earlier therefore i’ve been wanting to check out betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through therapy in the past both separately and also marital relationship counseling i’ve experienced the benefit i have actually often found therapy and conference with a psychologist and so forth as kind of life hacking due to the fact that 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 have actually heard prior to however maybe you needed an outsider to verify so i’ve always delighted in the investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wanted to try out better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the process went i will say as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary trained um which normally just indicates really light therapy generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency individuals that show up with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest 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 bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not an expert this is simply my individual viewpoint is it practical my experience and so there’s five locations i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly really crucial to me due to the fact that you don’t want to advise somebody to something and then you know maybe they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum of course therefore first off on price 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 imply it just implies 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 extremely costly particularly 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 had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was just sufficiently priced done some other counseling and marriage therapy and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a pretty reputable institution a place that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount rate so that just sort of leads you to believe what you understand the full price is pretty expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is not bad especially 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 typically not communicating with your trainer continually it’s normally just around your sessions but to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i truly liked and my counselor 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 if that was not um if it was too much they asked your financial circumstance so you can receive less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise contact your insurance company if you have it to learn if you qualify however the rates i felt especially for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was really satisfied 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 wish to if you want to advance they do charge you month-to-month therefore you have to pay for a month of beforehand and so which makes sense however i i think it i was extremely impressed by the rate it’s still a lot of money i understand for a lot of people um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy weekly and even every year but i do i have actually found i take pleasure in the viewpoint
um every five years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some childhood uh such things that occur in my childhood i there’s always something i’m learning about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through an entire procedure where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever logged in you know mail age what you’re looking for to get out of therapy they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i believed the questions 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 pretty good about asking some faith related concerns that i was really really satisfied with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith location but 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 great deal of individuals um they basically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to two days to kind of appoint you to a counselor and uh i got appointed quite fast i think it was within 24 hours got email notified it stated here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i might see their competence i could see other evaluations about them and then it was kind of like try attempt them out and i i and i might choose to have someone else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re very good at like asking a lot of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they show up i indicate they’re they’re truly attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i could change my counselor at any time there was no problem with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a great deal of questions which is an unusual balance due to the fact that you want a counselor that’s tough you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can rely on so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve gained from a great deal of good counseling so i think i haven’t truly been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the technology everything happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc however basically you connect and meet through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that information disappears a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule everything within the app you um you fulfill the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real site and the video was great um my my my counselor had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Talkspace Christian Counseling
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only thing that was type of unusual was generally you can change your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as somebody who has some better equipment i typically like to check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal however that’s more of a technical geek kind of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you understand web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software resting on your computer system often isn’t as great 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 however i was extremely satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed 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 emails that he had published a message however 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 kind of dream i could open that up but i understand that maybe you do not want your personal info that is occurring between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text tips you understand i needed to choose in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
whatever and you understand easily include it to my calendar but in general the technology was really remarkable you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to process before our first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked extremely well and so i was really pleased with the total technology the next area is the actual vice my therapist was extremely was very competent and had a great deal of experience and they were great and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Christian Counseling