I’m going to give an evaluation of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace Aetna…as someone who deals with 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 hard you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real simple due to the fact that our church and most churches have like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in different focuses it’s typically 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 use focus on the family recommendation list i generally agree with what they think and i trust their process does not imply i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a quite strong list but if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i have actually started 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 don’t know five 8 years ago therefore i have actually been wanting to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both separately and also marital relationship counseling i have actually experienced the advantage i have actually often found counseling and conference with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking because it’s getting someone outside of your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they normally see things that perhaps you’ve heard prior to but maybe you required an outsider to confirm so i have actually constantly delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wished to try better help so that i can recommend and kind 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 just means really light therapy typically the way 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 identify and then we suggest individuals and we are continuously going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you perhaps you need to go process with someone that’s a bit more of a specialist in that location so i’m not a specialist this is simply my individual viewpoint is it valuable my experience and so there’s 5 locations i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of connecting you to a real counselor the technology how did that go the real guidance 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 don’t want to suggest somebody to something and after that you know possibly they they affirm something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so first of all on price 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 suggest it just implies a couple messages with your counselor however i was impressed that the rate was not bad you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be extremely costly particularly if you’re getting someone who is proficient 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 just adequately priced done some other counseling and marital relationship counseling and i what stands out to me on this was the marital relationship counseling we went to a quite reliable organization 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 think what you understand the complete cost is pretty costly therefore uh 320 bucks 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 therapy in both group or you know individually you’re normally not communicating with your instructor constantly it’s typically just around your sessions however to build 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 just asking things throughout the week even when we were not fulfilling so there was a process 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 process also talk to your insurance supplier if you have it to find out if you qualify however the pricing i felt particularly for the um the knowledge of my counselor i was very impressed what i got for the 320 and so um and then they give you different choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you monthly and so you have to spend for a month of in advance therefore that makes sense but i i think it i was extremely satisfied by the price it’s still a great deal of cash i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy each week or even every year however i do i have actually found i delight in the perspective
um every five years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m learning more about myself however i’ve constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really advising they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of concerns before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of therapy they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some general questions that are all pretty standard um i and i believed the questions were solid um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were respectable about asking some faith related questions that i was really extremely impressed with i wasn’t anticipating 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 essential to a lot of people um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to sort of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite fast i believe it was within 24 hours got e-mail notified it said here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their proficiency i might see other evaluations about them and then it was type of like shot try them out and i i and i could choose 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 know what you consider your accounts or how did that session did they appear i imply they’re they’re truly attempting to ensure everybody is solid and i might change my counselor at any time there was no problem with altering um my therapist was great about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is a weird balance because you desire a therapist that’s tough you but also um you know someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i have actually been pretty um benefit i’ve benefited from a lot of excellent therapy so i believe i have not truly been paired up with someone 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 occurs through the website so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail and so forth however essentially you connect and meet through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it begins a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away at least access from your end and but for example you set up whatever within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the actual website and the video was terrific um my my my therapist had the video on it worked very efficiently um the Talkspace Aetna
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only thing that was sort of odd was normally you can change 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 equipment i normally like to double check it’s using the right mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd sort of element but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software sitting on your computer often isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts is in in the cloud in some cases that could be hit or miss but i was really satisfied by the entire quality and my my uh my therapist was older and he seemed to know how to run everything and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him via messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually published a message but because of security factors that makes sense none of the message remained in my email i needed to constantly click onto the site to see things i type of desire i could open that up but i comprehend that possibly you do not want your private info that is occurring between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text suggestions you know i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i had the ability to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar but overall the technology was really impressive you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most modern experience however it worked effectively and so i was really satisfied with the general technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was extremely skilled and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Aetna