licensed psychotherapist and i had a private practice for 20 years helping individuals recover from stress and anxiety and trauma…Your Moms House Podcast Betterhelp and then also from the viewpoint that i’ve used better help as a client so today i’m going to speak about what it takes to be a psychotherapist in the u.s and what it requires a better health therapist i also wish to reveal you a little a technique on the better help site that enables you to look at who the therapists are in your area read their profiles and choose one that resonates with you so it’s something that’s a little bit not quite hidden but sort of concealed on the site and i’m going to show you at the end and in between i likewise want to attend to some criticisms that i’ve heard of better help therapists and i have actually listened to on youtube evaluation videos so let’s get started so i very first wish to make it clear that betterhelp only hires licensed experts and they match individuals with a licensed professional in your own state due to the fact that in the u.s we have this role that the therapist needs to be certified in the state where you reside so what does it take to be certified now obviously that varies a bit state by state but i’m going to stroll you through what it takes to be
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accredited in connecticut where i live and then tell you what else is needed to be a much better health therapist so to become licensed you require a graduate degree in among a handful of areas so you might have a psychology phd or a master’s degree in medical social work or marriage and household therapy or professional counseling and then once you have your academic degree you need 3 000 hours of direct customer experience while you are being supervised by a professional who holds the license you’re looking for and you require a minimum of a hundred hours of supervision with this individual in which you talk about how you are offering treatment to your clients so usually achieving this lots of medical hours and this much supervision probably averages around three or four years of experience to get the clinical hours to even then sit for the written exam and then you sit for the composed test and after that if you pass you get licensed so that’s what’s required to be accredited as a psychotherapist in connecticut and after that if you want to work for better help you need a minimum of 3 years of experience after you have actually been certified so you are definitely not getting interns on better help you’re getting a therapist with an academic degree a strong variety of scientific hours and a minimum of 3 years of experience after they have actually been licensed so there’s a popular video on youtube which slams better help therapists and calls them lay therapists which is merely not real and the reason she calls them late counselors i wish to discuss that briefly is she says one they do not prescribe medication and two they do not deal with court orders so let me resolve those two things since in the u.s as a psychotherapist you can not prescribe medication unless you likewise occur to be an md or an lprn the only people in the united states who can prescribe psychiatric medications or medical doctors could be your family doctor or a psychiatrist Your Moms House Podcast Betterhelp
or a certified expert nurse who’s had particular training in psychiatric medications so those are the only two types of people who can recommend medication the large majority of psychotherapists do not prescribe medication since they do not hold those other degrees and where i live extremely extremely few psychiatrists also do therapy most psychiatrists focus on recommending the medication and leave the treatment to the psychotherapists so that is not a valid criticism and after that the 2nd criticism that they do not deal with court orders i will tell you in my own private practice i really attempted to prevent handling court orders and i will share with you why most of the time what would happen is i would get a phone call from somebody who would remain in a panic asking to have five sessions in a week since they needed to go to court next week and they were trying to satisfy the requirement that they had received probably five or six months earlier now i understand that this happens i truly do however that’s not in fact treatment that’s in fact doing something to satisfy a court order and it’s not the type of work i ever did and most likely for the majority of court-ordered treatment there are neighborhood agencies that can provide that type of therapy in a more efficient manner so i just wanted to deal with those 2 criticisms since i don’t feel they stand so before i show you this little trick on the website for better help in regards to being able to find somebody in your own location that you resonate with i ‘d like to state two things one is that the fit in between you and a therapist is super essential and the design of a therapist makes a big distinction how comfortable you feel with them how safe you feel with them and you might go to someone who has an extremely pricey rate at a private practice and still not enjoy with the therapist right i have actually had customers who’ve pertained to me after seeing someone in my area where they were paying a high private practice rate and they come into my office and they ‘d state my previous therapist did nothing however discuss herself well that’s not appropriate so if that occurs to you either with a private practice or a community company or on better help switch therapists and if a therapist ever does something egregious you can report it to the state licensing board so definitely the quality of the therapist varies no matter what their training or background and you have to discover someone who’s a good suitable for you and in fact among the
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advantages i feel of the much better health platform is that you have this ability to quickly switch therapists so there’s some responsibility because because obviously if better help has a therapist and people are always switching away from that person they get that feedback right if you go to somebody in a private practice what do you inform and after that it’s extremely tough to find reviews unless you get a personal recommendation to a private practice therapist so i do believe that’s sort of an advantage of the better help platform that you can check out reviews you can compose a review you can offer feedback and you can change therapists if you require to so before i share with you how you can go onto the betterhelp platform and pick a therapist who resonates for you in your location however i do have a link below this video that provides you with 10 off your very first month i am an affiliate of better help i am not a therapist on the platform and i no longer handle psychotherapy clients just as an fyi because i get that question a lot however i affiliated with them because people all over the nation and in fact all over the world contact me routinely to state that they do not have access to psychological health services so better help provide service in 140 various nations 40 different languages i’m in positioning with their objective so there is a link listed below this video that will offer you 10 percent off your first month so if you go to the betterhelp.com website you actually don’t get the choice up here to put your postal code in and see what therapists are available you have to scroll all the way to the bottom and you’ll see here find a therapist so you can put in any city in the united states i’m going to select baltimore maryland i do not live there
i don’t understand any therapists there but i’m simply going to try it and you will get a whole host of therapists and you can have a look and again i do not understand these individuals i’m not promoting them in any way i’m just showing you how you can evaluate to see who the therapists are that are offered in your location prior to signing up and after that if you truly liked this therapist or say here dr veronica wanza she specializes in tension anxiety lgbt relationship issues injury and abuse Your Moms House Podcast Betterhelp