And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) concerns for a moment. Better Health Vs Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly essential that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and absolutely much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.