BetterHelp.com is the online home of BetterHelp, a company who says their goal is to provide their customers with access to quality, professional help when they are facing life's challenges so they can be happier.
The website promises that all the counselors you can be matched with through the BetterHelp website are licensed, board accredited, and qualified with either a PhD or a masters certificate in addition to years of counseling experience.
How Does It Work?
Customers will sign up for an account and fill out a short questionnaire so you can be matched with a professional counselor who can provide the support and guidance you need. Once you've created your account and been matched with a counselor, you will begin communicating with your counselor via online messages, whenever you need, on your schedule.
Customers can communicate with their counselor on an unlimited basis each week until they feel they have successfully overcome the problem or obstacle they were facing. Customers are welcome to cancel their membership at any time without penalty.
Customers can sign up, get matched, and begin speaking to your counselor all for free. Customers who decide to continue with their services will pay a flat fee of $35 per week for unlimited counseling, which gives you the ability to speak to your counselor as much as you need.
Since BetterHelp allows their customers to pay for services on a week-by-week basis, their website does not detail any overarching or general Refund Policy. Customers who feel they have an issue or complaint that warrants a refund should contact Customer Service and deal with their situation on a case by case basis.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact Us link, by phone at 888-688-9296, or by traditional mail at 440 N. Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085.
The few reviews available for BetterHelp at this time tend to be very positive, and reviewers describe a very professional and beneficial experience which just happens to have the added advantage of being accessible by internet or through your mobile device.
It is still important to understand, however, that BetterHelp does not claim that they are a replacement for professional therapy or counseling. They are an additional or alternative tool that people may use if traditional therapy is difficult to schedule or cost prohibitive, but depending on the issues you are dealing with, you may still be referred to a traditional mental health professional if that's what they feel is best for your needs.
Is It Safe?
Customers who are concerned with privacy issues are assured by BetterHelp.com that their system is HIPAA compliant to ensure your privacy. They provide banking grade encryption which allows users to be completely anonymous, even to your counselor.
Competitors and Alternatives?
Online counseling is a fairly new type of service and it doesn't seem as though BetterHelp has many competitors in the market right now.
If you have any experience with this company or their products, please leave your BetterHelp reviews below.
323 ‘BetterHelp’ Reviews
Thank you for so carefully identifying the problem of mental health access and providing a solution that I find easy and effective to work with. Access to a counselor that has the same faith as me is number 1, the journaling is my second favorite part so far.
A brilliant, supportive service. I like being able to write a message at a time that suits (when the kids are in bed or playing quietly) rather than having to leave the house to drive to an appointment and plan childcare.
Also fantastic customer service that makes you feel like they care about you!
I was matched with someone I'm excited to work with, ended my free trial after one session, and successfully got 40% knocked off the costs. I have a fantastic feeling about this.
I come from an abusive childhood, and over the years I've had a lot of therapy. I have tried lots of different kinds, and this is the most effective. I was matched up, out of thousands in the system, with an excellent therapist in my time zone who knows what she's doing. Also, the format is great for getting work done. I write down my thoughts in a chat-style interface, and then when my therapist has the opportunity, usually three or four times a day, I hear back from her. Because I can write as much and as often as I like, I get my thoughts written down. Furthermore, I get a considered response within hours.
This is a lot better than spending an hour driving to and from a therapist's office, to spend an hour trying to remember what I had been thinking and what I wanted to talk about. This format gives me an ample opportunity to set down my thoughts and feelings as they occur, and then get prompt feedback. It really works for me. I feel like I get about ten times the "bang for the buck" over regular therapy. And it costs fewer bucks, too, than regular therapy.
Everything is wonderful as far as the site. My therapist and I were able to maintain contact via the site if I was not doing well. We have been working on steps I need to take. I really am glad I signed up and I appreciate that they offer financial aid. Its keeping me on track and I feel better knowing I have the access to a therapist despite not being able to see mine
My counselor Ryan has been a huge help and I can't wait to see my self in a healthy positive state of mind.
How could I even begin to review Dr. Faith from BetterHelp? After working with her for a year, I can truly say she has changed my life and I don't know what kind of person I would be without her. She has helped me through a very difficult divorce, 2 moves, a career change, relationship and family turmoil, and self-esteem issues, over a very short period of time. She is endlessly positive, friendly, and encouraging, and always has a unique perspective on things, so that I feel confident in the next steps to take. I have never felt judged or pressured by her in any way. She celebrates the "ups" with me and helps me get through the "downs" with a fresh outlook and unique suggestions.
I speak with her on the phone every week and message with her frequently and feel this has worked very well to get me on the right path.