I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the viewpoint as a pastor ….Talkspace Commercial Actor…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you recommend a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be difficult you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy because our church and many churches have like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of suggest in various focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be difficult i’ve in the past usage focus on the household referral list i typically agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t mean i i understand everyone on the list is verified but it’s a pretty strong list however if you get globally it becomes the wild west so i have actually 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 understand 5 8 years ago and so i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as somebody who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve frequently discovered counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as type of life hacking since it’s getting somebody outside of your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that possibly you have actually heard before however possibly you required an outsider to verify so i have actually always taken pleasure in the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to check out better help so that i can recommend and type of see how the procedure went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which typically simply indicates really light counseling typically the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we suggest individuals and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go procedure with someone that’s a little bit more of a professional because location so i’m not an expert this is just my individual viewpoint is it helpful my experience and so there’s five areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a big element the algorithm of connecting you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the real recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith component which is clearly actually important to me since you do not want to recommend someone to something and after that you understand perhaps they they verify something or they state something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum of course and so first of all on cost it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and limitless messaging which you know what does that mean it simply indicates a couple messages with your counselor 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 someone who is good 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 simply properly priced done some other counseling and marital relationship counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a pretty trustworthy institution 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 just kind of leads you to think what you know the complete price is quite expensive and so uh 320 bucks is okay especially and we’ll speak about this on the tech side the assistance was very good you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you understand separately you’re generally not communicating with your trainer continually it’s typically simply around your sessions however to construct a habit start digitally there’s something about more access to your counselor that i really liked and my counselor was respectable at signing in on me and just asking things throughout the week even when we were not satisfying so there was a process for you to get a discount rate if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial scenario so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise contact your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to find out if you qualify however the prices i felt especially for the um the competence of my counselor i was very pleased 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 month-to-month therefore you need to spend for a month of ahead of time therefore that makes sense however i i think it i was really satisfied by the cost it’s still a great deal of cash i know for a lot of people um you understand someone like me i do not use counseling every week or even every year but i do i have actually found i enjoy the point of view
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 take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning more about myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re searching for to get out of counseling they inquire like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some basic concerns that are all quite standard um i and i believed the concerns 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 questions that i was actually extremely satisfied 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 an individual because that is important to me and crucial to a great deal of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they state 24 to 2 days to type of appoint you to a therapist and uh i got appointed pretty fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their know-how i might see other reviews about them and then it was sort of like try attempt them out and i i and i could pick to have somebody else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re very good at like asking a great deal of concerns around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i mean they’re they’re really trying to make certain everyone is strong and i could change my therapist at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was great about that too like you understand was asking a lot of concerns which is a strange balance due to the fact that you desire a therapist that’s challenging you but likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a tough relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i’ve taken advantage of a lot of good therapy so i think i haven’t truly been paired up with somebody that i didn’t agree however i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever happens through the site so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email etc 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 individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away a minimum of gain access to from your end and but for example you set up 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 website and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked really efficiently um the Talkspace Commercial Actor
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only thing that was kind of strange was typically you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the various locations i could not find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i normally like to double check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek sort of element however i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you understand uh software resting on your computer in some cases isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss but i was very satisfied by the whole quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was really effective i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the important things is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message however because of security reasons 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 however i understand that maybe you don’t desire your private information that is occurring between counselor 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 was able to schedule
everything and you understand easily add it to my calendar but in general the technology was extremely impressive you understand my counselor sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i imply it wasn’t the most high-tech experience however it worked very well therefore i was really satisfied with the general innovation the next area is the actual vice my counselor was extremely was really experienced and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Commercial Actor