I’m going to provide a review of betterhelp.com from the point of view as a pastor ….Talkspace American Telemedicine Association…as somebody who deals with online ministry and we have individuals that engage from us from all around the world i frequently get asked do you suggest a therapist or a counselor or a psychologist and it can be challenging you understand if you’re near a church among our churches it’s genuine easy because our church and many churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to kind of recommend in different focuses it’s normally people that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice but you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i normally agree with what they think and i trust their procedure doesn’t suggest i i know everybody on the list is validated but it’s a pretty solid list however if you get worldwide it becomes the wild west so i’ve 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 do not know five eight years ago and so i have actually been wishing to try betterhelp.com therefore there were some things i wanted to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and likewise marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the benefit i’ve frequently found counseling and meeting with a psychologist etc as sort of life hacking because it’s getting somebody 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 possibly you required an outsider to verify so i’ve always delighted in the financial investment both in time and money in getting counseling so i wanted to try out better help so that i can suggest and type of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which generally simply suggests extremely light counseling normally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re kind of like the emts the emergency people that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and then we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you need to go procedure with somebody that’s a little bit more of a professional in that location so i’m not a professional this is simply my individual viewpoint is it useful my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to look at the prices which is a huge aspect the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the innovation how did that go the real advice of
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my session over a month and after that the faith aspect which is certainly really crucial to me because you don’t want to suggest someone to something and then you understand perhaps they they affirm something or they say something that your church does not believe in which could be the spectrum naturally and so to begin with on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week which include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you understand what does that mean it simply means a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you understand i’ve done counseling in the past and it can be very expensive especially if you’re getting someone who is proficient at what they have actually done i’ve 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 therapy and marital relationship therapy and i what stands apart to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a quite trusted organization a location that was popular released 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 complete rate is pretty pricey and so 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 separately you’re normally not engaging 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 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 fulfilling 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 circumstance so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance provider if you have it to learn if you certify but the rates i felt particularly for the um the expertise of my counselor i was extremely satisfied what i got for the 320 therefore um and then they offer you various choices when you cancel where you can type of try it for an additional set of time if you wish to if you want to advance they do charge you regular monthly therefore you need to pay for a month of beforehand therefore which makes sense however i i think it i was really impressed by the price it’s still a lot of money i understand for a lot of individuals um you know somebody like me i don’t utilize therapy every week or even every year but i do i have actually found i delight in the viewpoint
um every five years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process especially because of some youth uh such things that occur in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m discovering myself however i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing pretty good number two the algorithm of in fact advising they go through a whole procedure where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you understand mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of counseling they ask them like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping practices some basic questions that are all pretty basic um i and i believed the questions 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 respectable about asking some faith related concerns that i was actually extremely satisfied 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 an individual since that is very important to me and important to a lot of individuals um they practically took that it took anywhere however they say 24 to 2 days to type of designate you to a counselor and uh i got designated pretty quick i think it was within 24 hours got email informed it stated here’s the individual i saw an image a bio i could see their competence i might see other reviews about them and after that 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 excellent at like asking a great deal of concerns around you know what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re actually trying to ensure everyone is solid and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was great about that too like you know was asking a great deal of concerns which is an odd balance due to the fact that you desire a counselor that’s difficult you but likewise um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i have actually been quite um benefit i have actually taken advantage of a great deal of excellent counseling so i think i have not actually been paired up with somebody that i didn’t get along with but i was impressed by the algorithm the concerns and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and email and so forth however essentially you satisfy and communicate through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and basically it starts a personal chat with the person you’re counseling when you do alter counselor that data disappears at least access from your end and but for example you schedule whatever within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s sort of like a google hangout that’s constructed into the the real website and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked really smoothly um the Talkspace American Telemedicine Association
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only thing that was sort of unusual was normally you can alter your audio and video inputs um by selecting the various locations i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some nicer gear i usually like to check it’s using the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of aspect but i was impressed by how whatever worked you know web-based things and not software-based stuff or like you understand uh software application resting on your computer system often isn’t as good you understand zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts is in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was extremely satisfied by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he appeared to understand how to run it all and it was really efficient i was impressed by the engagement from him through messaging uh the thing is i would get e-mails that he had actually posted a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message was in my e-mail i had to constantly click onto the site to see things i kind of wish i might open that up however i comprehend that possibly you do not desire your personal details that is occurring between counselor in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i had to decide in for that but like 20 minutes before my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know quickly add it to my calendar but in general the technology was very impressive you know my therapist sent me some pdfs and things to process before our very first meeting i filled it out turn it in i mean it wasn’t the most modern experience but it worked very well therefore i was very pleased with the general technology the next section is the real vice my therapist was very was really proficient and had a great deal of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a good balance Talkspace American Telemedicine Association