I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Internship…as someone who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you advise a therapist or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be tough you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s genuine simple since our church and a lot of churches have actually like a vetted recommendation list that we keep on hand to kind of advise in various focuses it’s usually 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 concentrate on the household recommendation list i generally agree with what they believe and i trust their procedure does not suggest i i understand everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a quite solid list however if you get internationally it ends up being the wild west so i’ve begun to focus on online therapy over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online physician visit this was like i do not know 5 eight years earlier therefore i’ve 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 individually and likewise marriage therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i’ve typically discovered therapy and conference with a psychologist etc as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody beyond your fear your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that perhaps you’ve heard prior to however perhaps you needed an outsider to validate so i have actually always enjoyed the investment both in time and cash in getting counseling so i wanted to check out better help so that i can suggest and sort of see how the procedure went i will say as a disclaimer i am not a professional counselor psychologist i’m seminary qualified um which usually simply implies really light counseling generally the method a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re type of like the emergency medical technicians the emergency situation people 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 require to go process with somebody that’s a little bit more of a professional in that area so i’m not an expert this is just my personal opinion is it handy my experience therefore there’s 5 areas i’m going to look at i’m going to look at the pricing which is a huge factor the algorithm of linking you to an actual 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 element which is obviously truly crucial to me since you do not want to suggest somebody to something and after that you know possibly they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously therefore first off 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 implies a couple messages with your therapist but i was impressed that the cost was not bad you know i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be really costly specifically if you’re getting someone who is good at what they’ve done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i had to go through some counseling a part of my program and it was simply adequately priced done some other counseling and marriage counseling and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage counseling we went to a pretty trusted organization a place that was well known released the the couple with the released 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 full price is pretty pricey and so uh 320 dollars is okay particularly and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the assistance was great you understand in the past when i’ve done therapy in both group or you understand individually you’re generally not connecting with your instructor constantly it’s normally just around your sessions but to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable 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 too much they asked your monetary circumstance so you can get approved for less i didn’t go through that process also check with your insurance coverage supplier if you have it to discover if you certify however the prices i felt specifically for the um the proficiency of my therapist i was very amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they provide you various alternatives when you cancel where you can sort of try it for an additional set of time if you want to if you want to continue on they do charge you regular monthly and so you need to pay for a month of in advance and so which makes sense however i i think it i was very satisfied by the price it’s still a great deal of money i understand for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i don’t utilize counseling every week or perhaps every year but i do i have found i enjoy the perspective
um every 5 years or two or if something’s going on that i can’t process specifically because of some childhood uh such things that happen in my youth i there’s always something i’m finding out about myself but i’ve always enjoyed it so pricing respectable second the algorithm of really advising 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 trying to find to leave counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and stuff like that how are your sleeping routines some general questions that are all quite basic um i and i thought 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 pretty good about asking some faith related questions that i was actually really impressed 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 since that is important to me and important to a great deal of people um they basically took that it took anywhere but they state 24 to 48 hours to type of designate you to a therapist and uh i got designated quite fast i believe it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the person i saw a photo a bio i might see their expertise i might see other reviews about them and after that it was type of like shot attempt them out and i i and i might select to have someone else if i wished to and even when you stop they’re great at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you think about your accounts or how did that session did they appear i imply they’re they’re truly trying to make certain everybody is strong and i could alter my counselor at any time there was no concern with changing um my counselor was fantastic about that too like you understand was asking a lot of questions which is a strange balance because you desire a counselor that’s difficult you but also um you understand someone that you like that you can trust so it’s a difficult relationship i’ve been pretty um benefit i have actually benefited from a great deal of excellent therapy so i think i haven’t really been paired up with someone that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the entire experience worked next the technology whatever takes place through the site so it’s um it’s that you get alerts on text and e-mail etc but basically you meet and communicate through their web portal so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it starts a private chat with the person you’re counseling when you do change counselor that information disappears a minimum of access from your end and but for example you arrange everything within the app you um you fulfill the video technology it’s type of like a google hangout that’s developed into the the real site and the video was great um my my my therapist had the video on it worked extremely smoothly um the Talkspace Internship
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only thing that was kind of strange was typically you can alter your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i could not figure out how to do that as someone who has some better equipment i normally like to check it’s utilizing the best mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical nerd type of aspect however i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based stuff and not software-based things or like you understand uh software application sitting on your computer system often isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer system versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud sometimes that could be hit or miss however i was extremely pleased by the entire quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to understand how to run it all and it was extremely reliable 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 but because of security reasons that makes sense none of the message was in my email i had to always click onto the website to see things i type of wish i could open that up but i understand that possibly you don’t desire your personal information that is happening between therapist in your inbox i likewise got text pointers you know i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
everything and you know easily add it to my calendar however overall the technology was extremely outstanding you know my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure prior to our very first conference i filled it out turn it in i suggest it wasn’t the most state-of-the-art experience however it worked extremely well and so i was very impressed with the overall technology the next area is the real vice my therapist was very was really knowledgeable and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was a great balance Talkspace Internship