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.
262 ‘BetterHelp’ Reviews
Jessica is amazing, in such a short time she left a huge impact on me. I feel like young and fresh again and my self confidence rocketed literally. She listens carefully, gets the point that bothers me and is very wise & convincing in her advises. I would recommend her for any one with self confidence or anxiety issues. Thank You Jessica.
So far, so good
I have been looking for some way to get therapy while living abroad. The country I am living in has it, but one 50 minute session costs more than one month of BetterHelp for me. So far, this has been a good option for me, but I have not been using it for more than a week at this time.
However, I think that the platform is good- I feel more comfortable talking about my innermost thoughts in writing, rather than with my voice. I feel that it gives me, personally, more coherence and then I can also go back on the session and review what was discussed as well.
The most corrupt filthy dirty sneaky company ever in Mental Health
This company deserves NOTHING from you, not one cent. They have full time staff trolling the internet for negative reviews so they can try to sterilize them, but this will fail because there is no hiding from bad service. Look what BetterHelp did at ripoff report...they paid them a whole bunch of money so that they could sterilize all the negative reviews.. They gush money on Google like niagara falls to lure people into clicking your site when they type in "betterhelp reviews". (Type "better help reviews' into Google and you get paid ads that take you to their homepage. ) they go out of your way to suppress bad reviews, they ban people on facebook who say anything critical about them. Thank goodness they can't ban people here or they would. They are the most aggressive downright dirty sneaky company I have seen in a long time. They grant grant themselves the right in their terms of service to monitor EVERY SINGLE WORD people say in 'therapy sessions" Can you imagine some silicon valley money thirsty entrepreneur listening in on your personal problems between you and your therapist? I can't even see how it is legal, but it is downright offensive. They FORBID you from contacting your therapist outside their "platform'...>i guess they hate the idea they can't "monitor" and evesdrop on your therapy sessions. For them, its all about the money. They take clinical therapy and turn it into a mockery. I look forward to the day they go under.
Because I never had time to do a visit to my therapist, I thought this would be a good and convenient replacement. I purchased a two month subscription through Groupon but could still not open an account without adding my credit card. I did so and was charged. When I disputed the charge they refunded me but over those two months I still did not speak to a therapist. No therapist was able to explain as to actually use the texting service and I found it difficult to engage otherwise. I submitted a request to close my account ahead of the Groupon deadline, only to find that I had been charged three weeks later. I have yet to receive a response from Betterhelp regarding this and had to file a complaint with my bank.
Anyway, I would not recommend this service and will stick to brick and mortar therapists. This entire experience has left me with more anxiety than what I was already trying to treat.